Nicole had given up on trying to break free from her heroin addiction. Actually, she was addicted to heroin and any other drug she could lay her hands on. She’d already tried inpatient treatment, outpatient rehab, a halfway house and moving to another city. She finally isolated herself from her family and old friends and resigned herself to being, as she put it, “a junkie for the rest of my life.” She was only 25 years old but she said, “I had come to the conclusion I was going to be shooting up in a bathroom when I was 40 years old.”

Then, one weekend, she visited her dad’s house. The first night she was there, her parents found her outside the door and could not wake her up. They were afraid she was dead. They knew they had to act and they found the Narconon program. With help from the Narconon center, they set up an intervention and invited Nicole over.

Nicole’s Explosive Reaction

Despite an addicted person's fury, an interventionist may be able to cut through and convince them to go to rehab.

Nicole tells the story of what happened then: “Twenty minutes prior to the intervention, I had done meth and when I walked into it, I went crazy. I was screaming, crying and refusing to get in the car. I was finding every reason in the book to justify why I didn’t need to get help. I was throwing my artwork, swinging at my dad, throwing a complete fit. Finally after some legal threats as well as my phone and car battery being disconnected, I gave in. I remember that moment, I sat on this trash bag I had filled with clothes during my tantrum and I remember just feeling like I was worn down, emotionally drained and tired of fighting and I looked up and told them I would get in the car and go.”

Many addicted people respond like Nicole did. They are afraid of what life will be like if they try to get sober. They feel they are not worth helping. The only life they know is getting and using drugs. They dread going through withdrawal. There’s many reasons for all this resistance.

Families trying to convince an addicted person to get help typically run into this violent resistance. Moms and dads may already be so worn out, dealing with the stress and anxiety of an addicted loved one that they can’t hold up through all this resistance. This is why bringing in an interventionist can be a life-saving move.

An Experienced Interventionist Has Already Seen it All

Many interventionists have themselves been addicts at one time. They know without any doubt what an addicted person’s future will be like if he (or she) does not get sober. For some, it will be imprisonment; for others, it could be serious injury or death.

When you bring in an experienced interventionist, they know what to expect and they are not already worn out from years of worry and loving concern.

If you care deeply for someone who is battling an addiction and you have picked a rehabilitation program but you can’t get your loved one to take that final step, consider bringing in an interventionist. Be sure they have plenty of experience to draw from as they work with your loved one.

Narconon centers in all parts of the world work with interventionists all the time. Contact your nearest Narconon center to get help finding an interventionist who serves in your area. You can find your closest Narconon center here: http://www.narconon.org/centers/.