If your loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol abuse problem, an addiction intervention might be required. An addition intervention is intended to help your loved one realize the impact their substance abuse has on those around them. There are many different approaches for how to stage an intervention depending on your situation. We are here to help you determine which might be best your you and we can provide you services to assist with making the process less stressful. When conducted correctly, a good addiction intervention should also encourage the person to understand the necessity to seek help to overcome their problem and begin the journey to recovery. Here are some things about addiction intervention to consider.
Intervention is a face-to-face meeting of family members or friends with a person struggling with a substance abuse problem. It’s common for people with addiction to be in denial about the extent of their problem, so they also don’t realize the importance of seeking treatment.
The goal of intervention is to offer the addicted person the opportunity to accept help for their problem behavior.
It’s important to plan and prepare an intervention before calling a meeting with the addicted person. In most cases, a successful intervention includes the following steps:
During the planning stage, someone close to the addicted person proposes an intervention and forms a group. Together, the group decides on the steps that will be taken to address the person.
Education and Information
The majority of the intervention process revolves around education and information aimed at the family members and friends of the addicted person. When everyone has an opportunity to gather and share information.
Decide on Consequences
The people within the intervention team should discuss what consequences the addict will face if they don’t accept help and agree to seek treatment. Each person should be willing to stick to the chosen consequences to ensure the addicted person is motivated to accept help.
Agree on What to Say
It’s important that each person present at the intervention understands what they should and shouldn’t say during the process. Make clear notes about what each person will say and ensure everyone is focused on the facts of the problem, rather than emotional responses or hostile confrontations.
Locate a Suitable Treatment Facility
If your loved one agrees to accept help and enter treatment, it’s a good idea to have details of a treatment facility or rehab center available.
Hold the Intervention Meeting
Invite the loved one to attend a meeting, but be sure you don’t reveal the reason. Explain the concerns and effects the person’s behavior is having on each person in the intervention group. Present the person with treatment options and explain the consequences if they don’t accept help.
The addicted person may be starting the road to recovery, but family members and friends can also play a part in helping the person to remain motivated to stay in treatment.
Consult a Professional Addiction Interventionist
A badly planned or poorly conducted intervention could make the situation worse. Your loved one may feel attacked or may react self-destructively if they are confronted in the wrong way. Community resources, individuals who have experienced an intervention, and professional intervention services provided by rehabiliation centers can help you plan how to stage an intervention that will effectively breakthrough to your loved one.
To avoid the risk of your intervention going badly, it’s a good idea to consult a professional addiction interventionist. An addiction professional can help you organize the correct intervention model to suit your loved one’s specific issue. Some examples of intervention models include:
. Informal intervention
. Formal intervention
. Intervention models
. Direct confrontation
. Indirect confrontation
. Forcible intervention
Your addiction intervention specialist will also guide you to the best type of treatment to suit your loved one’s needs.
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