It’s time to Act - Staging a Holiday Intervention for your Loved One

Families with a loved one in active addiction are often robbed of the joy which usually accompanies the holidays, as the drama and hardship brought on as a result of the addiciton in the household negates any positivity the season brings. While ultimately the decision to attempt sobriety is entirely in the hands of the addict themselves, as family and loved ones you can make a compelling argument for their deciding to get help and get sober. Are the holidays an appropriate time to intervene in your loved one’s daily substance abuse and express your strong desire for them to seek treatment?

One major factor which gives many families pause as they consider an intervention around the holidays is the implied confrontation and tension the event will create. These negative feelings have no place in a happy holiday season, but consider the alternative. Your loved one’s daily drug or alcohol consumption is already creating a certain level of discomfort and tension in the house. Is it really better for you and your family to avoid confronting the addict about their behavior in order to maintain the current levels of tension in the household rather than take action and attempt to eliminate it altogether? If you are honest with yourself, clearly the better option is to take action.

Another item to consider as you debate staging an intervention around the holidays is the fact that most everyone in the addicts life will be available to participate. Time off from work along with the ongoing pandemic has given people an excess of free time this holiday season, as most avoid traveling to visit family and instead opt to remain at home. This means that most of the people the substance abuser interacts with on a regular basis will be on hand and available to attend the intervention, adding to the support and chorus of voices imploring the addict to make a change and get sober.

The holidays, like any other day, are a stressful time for the family of an addict who is actively abusing substances. The constant undercurrent of tension and angst in the home poisons what would otherwise be a joyful time spent with family and loved ones as you prepare to welcome the new year. Do not allow this negativity to continue to inhabit your home and your mind! Take the opportunity offered by the holiday season and stage an intervention for your loved one. Together, you and those others who participate can make a compelling argument for the addict to attend substance abuse treatment, a step which will surely save their lives and restore peace and serenity to your homes and your minds!