Managing Emotions during a Xanax Addiction Intervention

Managing Emotions during a Xanax Addiction InterventionXanax abuse is a serious problem, and using Xanax is not a way to casually or healthily relax. Addiction is a disease with life-altering consequences including overdose and death. If someone you love is struggling with Xanax abuse or addiction, you need to talk to him or her about getting help.

Mediation and Xanax Addiction Recovery

As soon as you recognize Xanax abuse in a loved one, speak to a professional about how to start a conversation with your loved one. Confronting a Xanax addict about his or her addiction can be difficult, emotional and overwhelming, but mediators or interventionists are available to make the process as effective as possible.

An interventionist will walk you through the process of talking with your loved one about Xanax addiction. This professional will also prepare you for how your loved one may react when confronted with his or her addiction. An interventionist will be present at the meeting to help mediate the conversation and maintain a level of calmness. Because he or she is not emotionally invested in your situation the interventionist can guide the conversation and keep all parties on track.

Finding a Qualified Interventionist

Not all interventionists are equally qualified, so research and interview candidates to determine the one best suited for your situation. According to Psychology Today some important questions to ask include the following:

  • What services do you provide to the addict and to the family?
  • Do you have a contract that would be agreed upon before taking our case?
  • What is your measure of a successful intervention?
  • Do you assist the family in getting support services for themselves?
  • What is the standard model of the interventions that you conduct?
  • What is your availability leading up to the intervention and afterwards?
  • Do you have any references?
  • Do you provide case management during and after the addict completes treatment?

In addition to these questions you will want to ask questions specific to you and your loved ones’ unique situations.

What Happens during an Intervention?

Talking with your loved one about Xanax addiction may involve a simple conversation between the two of you. However depending on the depth and the length of your loved one’s Xanax addiction you may need to hold an intervention. This is a meeting during which you and loved ones confront the addict with the symptoms of his or her addiction and examples of how his or her behavior has impacted others. The addict is given two options: Enter rehab or face consequences. According to the Mayo Clinic steps of an intervention include the following:

  • Planning. This is best done after consulting with an interventionist.
  • Gathering information. Family members find out about the extent of the loved one’s addiction and research the condition and treatment programs.
  • Forming the intervention team. As a group the team will determine the date and place of the intervention as well as the message to be presented.
  • Deciding on consequences. Consequences can include removing financial support, removing children from the home or asking the addict to leave the home.
  • Writing a letter. Each loved one should write down specific incidents in which the addict’s behavior has affected them emotionally, socially or physically.
  • Conducting the intervention. Loved ones and family members share what they have to say under the guidance of a mediator or interventionist.
  • Following up. The addict enters treatment or faces the consequences of non-compliance.

During the intervention all participants will experience a variety of emotions including anger, shame, guilt, fear, resentment and betrayal. In this situation in which emotions are running high, an interventionist can monitor the conversation and diffuse potentially volatile situations. He or she will help everyone involved to communicate emotions in a constructive manner.

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