When a family chooses to organize an intervention, there is significant involvement and much information that is talked about. The professional interventionist acts as a counselor to the family by offering guidance, knowledge, and educating the family on drug addiction. Much of the time is spent talking about enabling, which is a dangerous habit to fall into. Most families do not recognize how their actions are making it easier for an addict to abuse drugs or alcohol. Enabling is also damaging to the intervention because the addict knows they have a way out from going to treatment. Essentially, enabling becomes an interventionist’s biggest enemy and if an intervention is to be successful enabling is squashed immediately. Any family working with Newman Interventions is educated about enabling, what it is, how to recognize it, and what they can do to set boundaries.
Family and codependency is also a significant hurdle that families must overcome. When it comes time to organize an intervention, there can be more than one family member who has a co-dependency with the addict. They have convinced themselves that they must always be there for them, help them, ensure they are not in trouble, and comfort them in a time of need. However, much of this behavior is enabling the addict and telling him or her it is ok to abuse drugs or alcohol. Handling codependency is part of the professional interventionist’s job and providing insight and guidance to ensure the family stays firm in their decision to help their loved one.