Thinking of staging an intervention for your loved one? Before you begin, it’s important to keep in mind the following tips on how to go about it:
Seek professional help. If you think your loved one needs an intervention, make sure to first consult an addiction expert, such as an addiction counselor, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, or interventionist. This professional can take into account the particular circumstances surrounding the alcohol or drug use, suggest the best approach, and provide guidance for the best type of treatment and follow-up plan, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD).
If suspect your loved one may react violently or self-destructively to an intervention, then it’s especially important to involve a professional. According to the NCADD, you should also avoid going at it alone if your loved one:
• Has a history of serious mental illness
• Has a history of violence
• Has shown suicidal behavior or recently talked about suicide
• May be taking several mood-altering substances
Assemble a small group. Reach out to those who are important to your loved one or who have been impacted by the addiction. This can include family, friends, colleagues, healthcare professionals, and spiritual advisors. In general, try to stick with three to six people, however, and, if possible, avoid including children.
Rehearse what you’ll say. An intervention is most successful when you remain calm and stick to your plan. You’ll also need to choose words wisely – avoiding labels like “alcoholic” or “addict” – so it’s best to do at least one run-through prior to the formal intervention.
About Our Interventions
At Providence Treatment, we only work with an invitational model of intervention. This means that there are no “surprises.” Instead, individuals are invited to a meeting with loved ones, work colleagues, family, etc. to present how their behavior has impacted each person in the intervention session. To learn more, call today: (866) 247-3307.