If you have a loved one that you believe has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you will want to do whatever is necessary to get them the help that they need in order to stop. Many times the person with the addiction will not admit that there is a problem at all. This will make things harder because it is easy for them to convince you of the same. You can usually tell if there is something that is not right. If you have a feeling that there is a problem, you are most likely correct. Here are some steps that you can take in planning an early intervention in order to help your loved one get help.
The people you want to have involved would be all the people who make an impact in your loved one’s life. If they have people whom they respect and who love them available to be involved in an early intervention, they will be more apt to saying that they will go for treatment.
Try to schedule the early intervention for a time when the people who are most important to your loved one, will be able to attend. This may take a little bit of planning in order to schedule. With work and other responsibilities, there may be some conflicts and you may be making a bunch of phone calls back and forth between different parties that should be involved. Do not let this deter you from the final outcome-you want your loved one to get help.
An intervention should be held in a location where your loved one will feel safe. You do not want to hold it somewhere where they will feel vulnerable or uncomfortable. Hold it in a location that they are familiar with, so that they know they have the opportunity to walk away if they want to without feeling threatened. If they are comfortable with the location when the intervention begins, there is a better chance that they will stay to listen to the advice that is being given.
You only have one chance to have an early intervention. Make sure that everyone has written a small speech to read to your loved one as to why they believe they need help. Make the speeches heartfelt and truthful.
When your loved one walks into the room, they most likely will be shocked and upset. Try to settle them down and sit them down. Someone will need to say why everyone has been called to the event. Let your loved one have a moment to let this sink in and then proceed to have everyone read their speech one by one. Everyone should make sure to tell your loved one that they believe that by going for treatment, they will be able to turn their life around and get the help they need to stop the addictive behavior.
Your loved one will either agree to early intervention and treatment or will walk away upset. You have at least given them some information to think about, while letting them know that there are people who care about them. They may change their mind in the future if they do not agree at the intervention. You would have at least been able to get the information out in the open. If you need to speak to a hotline about holding an intervention, call this helpline for more information: 800-447-9081.