For the family members and friends of someone addicted to drugs or alcohol, getting that person help is something that is usually very important. In some cases, the addict will willingly go to get help because he or she sees what the addiction is doing. When the addict isn’t willing to just check into a treatment facility, an intervention may be necessary.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention occurs when family members and friends of an addict meet with an intervention specialist to discuss getting the addict help. At this meeting, preliminary plans are made for the addict to check into a treatment facility after the intervention. All transportation plans and all necessary paperwork to get the addict into treatment are completed. A time and place to stage the actual intervention are decided upon. A short time before the intervention is to be held, the intervention specialist and those participating in the intervention meet at the designated area for a pre-intervention meeting.
At the intervention, the addict walks into a surprise when he or she enters the room. Everyone participating in the intervention take the time to let the addict know exactly how his or her addiction has affected them. Pleas are made for the addict to go to treatment. Ultimatums are offered that make it plain to the addict that he or she will lose all help from the people in the room if treatment isn’t sought. It is then up to addict to decide if he or she will go to treatment. If the addict agrees to treatment, he or she is taken to the treatment facility by either the intervention specialist or another member of the meeting.
In some cases, such as with emotionally fragile addicts, the intervention may not be as intense as a normal intervention. It is possible for the addict to meet with only the intervention specialist to calmly discuss treatment options. In some cases, a close family member or the addict’s best sober friend may also attend the meeting.
What is a Christian Intervention?
A Christian intervention is done in much the same way as a regular intervention. The main difference is that a Christian intervention is done out of love and with a kindness that is associated with Christians. A member of the clergy is usually included in the intervention, and he will sometimes take the place of the intervention specialist.
Philipians 2:4 says “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” That means that as a Christian, it is your business to look after the interests of others, especially those who can’t look after their own interests. An addict falls into this category.
During the intervention, you have to let the addict know that he or she is loved. You have to make sure that he or she knows that understand that the addiction is a stumbling block placed in the addict’s way to try to deter him or her to stray away from God.
How Should I Participate in the Christian Intervention?
Showing Christian love is one of the best things you can do at the Christian intervention. John 15:12 says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” You must show the addict compassion. You have to let the addict know that you forgive him or her for everything that happened in the past. As Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
Throughout the intervention and throughout the addict’s treatment, you have to be a calm influence that shows the addict the true embodiment of Christ. Matthew 5:16 says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” This is a command that is given to all Christians to be a light to those who are lost. An addict is lost, but by agreeing to the terms of the Christian intervention and being willing to get help from a Christian rehab center, the addict has made the first steps toward leading a life on the path toward Glory.