Often the best way to help a loved one suffering from an addiction is to simply have a heartfelt talk with them, expressing your concerns and offering your help in seeking treatment. In some cases, though, the addiction is too strong and more drastic measures should be taken. Holding an intervention can be necessary in order to persuade your loved one to seek the treatment they so desperately need.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention is a planned meeting in which loved ones express their concern for an individual suffering from an addiction. During an intervention, friends and family members give specific examples of how the person’s addiction has hurt them and urge the individual to seek treatment.
An intervention must always come from a loving place. It is not to attack, but to help your loved one understand how their addiction is hurting themselves and those around them. It should always be clear the group is there to provide support for treatment.
How Does an Intervention Work?
For an intervention to work, the group must consist of family and friends who play an integral role in your loved one’s life. Each person must have a list of specific incidents in which the loved one’s addiction hurt them. Each person reads their statement while expressing love and support.
Before the intervention, a plan needs to be in place for admission into a drug and alcohol rehab. During the intervention, your loved one needs to be asked if they are willing to seek treatment right away. Each member of the group should have a consequence of what they will do if treatment isn’t chosen, like discontinuing communication, moving out, etc.
Using an Interventionist
For the safest and most successful intervention possible, it is best to hire a professional interventionist. An interventionist will know the best way to control the situation as interventions are unpredictable experiences that can cause hostile behavior. Interventionists understand what it takes to make an intervention work while maintaining a safe environment for everyone involved.
An organized and planned intervention could be what saves your loved one’s life. It’s never too soon — or too late — to schedule an intervention if there are concerns regarding drug and alcohol use.
Posted on October 23rd, 2012 in Help Blog