The goal of an intervention is to help someone you care about get into addiction treatment and head toward recovery. If talking to your loved one has not helped and they still don’t see that they have a problem, it may be time to stage an intervention. An intervention can help someone seek addiction treatment.
An Intervention can Help
Although you have practically given up on your loved one and helping them seek treatment, an intervention can help. Don’t give up without trying this next step. Many times if a small group gets together and talks calmly and without being argumentative with the addict, they will listen.
Sometimes it just takes loved ones letting them know that you are concerned for them and want to see them improve and start a life in recovery from addiction.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is NOT just a few family members or friends deciding to have a meeting with an addict to tell them they need to go to rehab. The intervention must be carefully planned and carried out by loving family members and/or friends who are truly concerned about the addict’s well-being.
You should have an addiction counselor advise you, or perhaps a professional intervention specialist who can help you prepare for the intervention and also attend the meeting to keep it moving in the right direction and keep it on track. An addiction counselor can be present to answer any questions your loved one may have about treatment programs.
Planning the Intervention
In the planning stage of the intervention, you must decide:
- Who will attend.
- Where and when it will take place.
- What each person will speak about.
- Where your loved one will go for treatment.
- What consequences they will face if they don’t accept treatment.
The group holding the intervention should be a small group of people who your addicted loved one feels comfortable with and trusts. The place should also be somewhere the addict feels safe and comfortable. It should also be a private place and not somewhere public like a restaurant.
Holding the Intervention
Each person needs to speak about an occasion where your loved one’s drug or alcohol use caused you financial worries or hurt you emotionally or otherwise. Stick to the facts, but at the same time, speak from your heart. Don’t be argumentative or judgmental. Let them know that you will give them your total support if they will only agree to seek help for their problem.
You must have consequences that they will have to face if they do not agree to go to rehab. And (and this is a big one), you must be ready to follow through with these consequences. They might be something like no more financial help, no more bailing them out of problems, or they can no longer live with you if they don’t agree to treatment. But you have to be ready to stick to what you say.
Offer a Treatment Facility and Program at the Intervention
The best case scenario is to have a treatment facility ready to take your loved one as soon as they agree to go for treatment. This way, they won’t be able to second-think it and decide not to go at a later date. You can have an addiction counselor at the meeting to answer any questions your addicted loved one may have about the facility. The counselor will also be compassionate and reassuring to your loved one making them feel more secure.
An Intervention Can Help Your Loved One
Yes, an intervention can help your loved one decide to get the help they so need and deserve. If you have any questions on staging an intervention or on treatment programs available for your loved one, contact one of our informed representatives at Behavioral Rehabilitation Services. They can answer any questions you may have about the treatment programs we offer and about our facility.
mayoclinic.org – Intervention: Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction