How to Perform an Addiction Intervention

Within the past few decades, addiction interventions have become increasingly common and are viewed as a way to help loved ones who have spiraled out of control. Because of the sensitive nature of the loved one’s problem, addiction interventions can often become highly dramatic. But what is an intervention? With so much drama and intrigue now surrounding interventions, it can be tough to sort out what they are and how to—if necessary—conduct an intervention.

An addiction intervention usually finds its roots when family members and friends start to realize that their loved one needs help. Usually, some sort of an event will preempt this. Perhaps the person has gotten a DUI or was violent while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. There are all sorts of motivating factors, and usually when one or more people believe that there’s cause for an addiction intervention, there is.

Before holding an addiction intervention, the friends and family may confront the addict individually. Sometimes this can have a positive effect, and one conversation could motivate a person to take action and check himself or herself into a rehabilitation facility or seek treatment by calling an addiction hotline. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. Very often, the addict is in deep denial about the severity of their problem.

Staging an Addiction Intervention

In this scenario, the group of concerned friends and/or family should start discussing the logistics of an addiction intervention. It is best to involve a professional at this point, someone who can mediate the discussion with a more objective view of the situation. Very often, addicts believe that their loved ones have agendas, but when an impartial party becomes involved, they start to realize that their problem has become larger than what they can handle.

The friends and family of the addict now need to set up a place and time for the intervention to take place, in addition to researching rehab programs where the addict can check in directly after the intervention. It is of the utmost importance that the addict does not know about the intervention, because this will often make them very angry and prevent them from coming in the first place.

Once the day arrives, the addiction intervention must progress as smoothly as possible. Usually the addiction intervention expert will start with a statement about why everyone has come together, and assert the fact that everyone in the room loves the addict. Then, each person in the group will get their chance to explain to the addict how they’ve been negatively affected by their actions. When everyone has spoken, the group must also create some leverage and attempt to get the addict into the pre-arranged treatment program.

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It is imperative that the addict goes to the addiction treatment facility immediately after the group, while the pain of hurting their loved ones is still fresh in their mind. This is the ideal outcome of an addiction intervention. Usually, the members of the group will also discuss the consequences of what will happen if the addict does not seek treatment. Depending upon each individual relationship, the consequences may vary—from severing ties completely to not covering up for them at work anymore.

Friends and family must be patient; it is very rare for an addict to respond favorably to an addiction intervention right away. But, with the right amount of love and pressure from a select group of people, they may be persuaded to get the help that they so desperately need.

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