The Power of Christian Interventions

The Power of Christian InterventionsAddicts suffer from myriad physical and emotional difficulties. They often feel guilt every time they get drunk or high but feel powerless to control the urge to use. When you add an element of faith into the mixture, addicts can feel even more overwhelmed. Not only are they in a situation where they are hurting themselves and their loved ones, but they have cut themselves off from their relationship with God, the only one who can truly heal them and help restore a balance in the soul. Through a Christian intervention, addicts can reach a place where they will be willing to accept help for their addictions and in returning to their faith.

What is a Christian Intervention?

Interventions work because they force users to face the destruction their addiction is causing. Family and close friends of the addict will gather together, typically with a counselor or intervention specialist, and talk with the addict about his or her behavior. The addict may become defensive and sometimes angry that he or she has been called out for such a “non-problem.”  Still, the intervention will continue with relatives and friends sharing painful information until resolutions are reached.

A Christian element of the intervention process takes things one step further. Instead of simply focusing on the behaviors of the addict and the goal of getting him or her to stop using, emphasis is also placed on the element of faith. The addict is reminded that not only does he or she have the love and support of friends and family, but of the Father as well.

Who is a Christian Intervention For?

A Christian intervention can be conducted for anyone who is suffering from an addiction to drugs, alcohol or other harmful substances. However, this type of intervention will be ideal for those who were raised in the Christian faith or have turned to God at some point in their lives.

Is a Christian Intervention Judgment or Freedom?

Christians walk a fine line in their faith. On the one hand, they are regularly called to keep their brothers and sisters in Christ accountable for the actions. On the other, they are cautioned consistently by Jesus to be careful in that accountability so that they are not being hypocritical. Because of this, many well-intentioned people may be hesitant to become involved in an intervention. The important thing to note about interventions and judgment is that it comes down to the heart of the person involved. Certainly, if the family members or friends working in the intervention are approaching it from a standpoint of attacking the addict, they may be in a place where the intervention becomes judgment. But, if they are drawing near the addict with the purist of intentions, with only a desire to see their loved one healed, they are serving both the addict and God.

Interventions are emotionally and spiritually difficult, but they can be extremely powerful. The family and loved ones of addicts have the best opportunity to remind them that their future is not lost and that although they are disconnected from God, they can restore that relationship. Like the Prodigal Son, the Father is waiting with open arms to welcome him or her back into His home and His care. When addiction intervention begins on the right foot, the addict has a wonderful chance to reach recovery and live a healthy and successful future.