Letter from Shari Ferguson, CIP,
President of Inspire Interventions
If you are reading this, then someone you love or respect is struggling with alcohol, drugs, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, compulsive sexual problems or a number of these issues.
Today, something happened that lead you to search for help. That alone takes courage and I applaud you for taking this step. Your inner voice may be getting louder, urging you to take action – or perhaps it’s a series of smaller events that have you more worried than usual, i.e. they showed up for work impaired one too many times or their bad behavior has become intolerable. It could be that something major has happened, like they were arrested or landed in the hospital. You may be wondering if NOW is the right time to get help – or, “Are things really that bad that I need help?”
The answer is YES. It does not need to get worse before you get the guidance you need to help them. No one needs to die or get arrested. You don’t need to wait for your loved one to “hit rock bottom”. That is why you hire an interventionist. We enable you to help your loved one realize now is the time to accept the love and help being offered.
I understand this issue from both sides – as someone who struggled with depression and addiction on whom my family intervened, and as someone, who with the help of an interventionist facilitated an intervention on an individual I loved in crisis. Neither position was an easy one to be in and I am grateful I had the help of an interventionist in both cases. You can too.
Ten years ago, I was suicidal, living in a black hole of pain, using cocaine and alcohol to manage my depression and absolutely clueless that I had a problem that was treatable. The idea of treatment never entered my mind, and if someone had suggested it, I would have scoffed at the idea. Fortunately, my mother found the help of an interventionist and set up a meeting. If she had continued to try on her own I wouldn’t have been able to hear her message. I was too angry and scared. I didn’t believe my life could change and I didn’t think I deserved a better life. I will be forever grateful to the interventionist who helped my mom help me. I entered treatment two weeks after that initial meeting, and 72 days of treatment later change had begun and my life was headed in a new direction.
It wasn’t magic or a single event; it took hard work, while going through treatment and beyond. But it was worth it. Today the worst experiences in my life are the ones that help me help others. They are a gift and as hard as they were to live through, I am grateful for them. My life today is better than anything I could have imagined in the throws of my addiction and depression. Today, I am dedicated to helping you and others. My goal is to help you help your loved one realize now is the time to accept the love and help being offered. I did and so did my loved one. An interventionist made all the difference. Please call and let’s figure out together how to reconnect your family and bring about change in your lives.