How to Stage an Intervention
Staging an intervention can be a great way to get a loved one into rehab. It can also save his or her life.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a structured conversation between loved ones and an addict, often supervised by an intervention specialist. Successful interventions can help loved ones of an addict express their feelings constructively.
If simply talking to the person with the problem doesn’t work, a group intervention is an effective next step. Interventions also show addicts how their actions affect those they care about. The goal is to help the person struggling get into addiction recovery and rehabilitation.
When to Intervene for a Loved One
It can be hard to know when to talk to someone struggling with addiction. Most friends and family of addicts are unsure of what to say to their loved one. The addicted person might also deny that they have a drug or alcohol problem, making open conversation difficult.
Outward signs someone is struggling might include:
- Secretive behavior.
- Borrowing money.
- Aggressive behavior.
- Deterioration of physical appearance.
- Lack of energy or motivation.
- Problems at work or school.
- Health issues.
How to Stage an Intervention
- Find an Intervention Specialist – Confronting an addict alone can actually make matters worse. He or she may become stubborn and not accept any help. Interventions should never be attempted by family and friends alone. So, the first step in staging an intervention is contacting an intervention specialist.
- The intervention professional will keep communication between the parties moving. Intervention specialists help addicted people break their cycle of denial. An intervention specialist is essential to staging a successful intervention.
- Form Your Intervention Group – Once on board, the enlisted professional helps family and friends create an intervention strategy. These specialists work with intervening parties to address their loved ones’ specific needs. Some people who might be present during an intervention include parents, siblings, spouses or partners, co-workers and close friends.
- Aftercare and Sober Living Options – Next, an intervention specialist will educate participating members in addiction and addiction recovery. Knowledge and compassion help provide insights the intervention party can use to convince someone they need help. Friends and family must rehearse and prepare for the intervention with their intervention specialist.
- Choose an Intervention Meeting Place and Time – As a general rule, the space where the intervention is held should be familiar and non-threatening. This puts the addicted person more at ease during the intervention. It’s also important to try to schedule a meeting time when the loved one will be sober. Interventions often last between a half hour and 90 minutes, but there is no mandatory time period.
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The Next Steps Forward
An intervention party needs to set reasonable expectations and recovery goals for the addict to meet post-intervention. The addict must be held accountable if he or she does not keep up with treatment.
Possible consequences could be removing children from their custody or refusing to let them live at home anymore. It’s important for the intervention party to stay strong in enforcing these consequences if need be.
An intervention can help your loved one overcome their addiction.