When your loved one is resisting going to treatment, he or she may need a push towards a recovery; this is where intervention comes in. Your loved one is struggling with an addiction, but she isn’t the only one who is hurting. The actions of an addict often have a big impact on those closest to her. However, addiction often has a strong grip on the person dealing with substance abuse of any kind. Your loved one may be in denial, unable to admit to just how much control alcohol or drugs have on her life. She may be unwilling to seek the treatment she desperately needs in order to break the grasp of addiction. She may not realize just how much pain and heartache her family and friends are experiencing due to her substance abuse problem. That’s where an intervention comes into play. You may wonder what an intervention is. Here we’ll explain the basic components of an intervention and how an intervention can help give your loved one the push she needs to get help.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a meeting arranged ahead of time by those close to the addict, such as friends, family, co-workers and even a clergy. These people will gently confront the addict and let her know how her actions are affecting them each individually. The meeting is led by a professional who is knowledgeable in addiction counseling. This leader is usually a physician, therapist, or trained addiction counselor. Sometimes this person is referred to as an interventionist. The benefit in having a leader is that participants can depend on the interventionist to answer questions ahead of time and to help out during the intervention to handle rising tensions. During an intervention, the team members come together to offer the addict a treatment plan and work to convince him to check into a treatment facility immediately after the intervention. Arrangements for placement in the facility of choice are made prior to the intervention.
How It Works
Working with an addictions specialist, family and friends of the addict meet to plan the intervention and to discuss what they hope the outcome should be. During the planning session, you will research different treatment options and agree upon one that may work best. After researching the options, prior to the intervention, you will likely choose the best one and be ready to take your loved one immediately to rehab following the intervention. Getting her into treatment of some kind is the ultimate goal. You will work with your planning team to decide who should attend the intervention and set a date. Choose a date and time when you expect your loved one to be sober and clean.
Take time during the planning to decide who will address which issues. Write down ideas and be sure to communicate to participants the importance of avoiding placing blame on the addict. You want to let her know how you feel about her substance abuse in a way that is non-threatening in order to increase the chances of convincing her to seek treatment. During the intervention, each person will have a chance to speak. Let the addicted person know your feelings and what you intend to do if she doesn’t get help.
Be sure everyone is on the same page. You must plan thoroughly in order to be sure the intervention is successful. Call this helpline at 800-447-9081 to get help.