Staging an intervention is a formal and often necessary step in attempting to help someone you love overcome their addiction. Whether the addict you care about knows they have a problem or not, it can be incredibly difficult for them to seek help on their own. Interventions are often the last effort of family and friends to make a change happen for their loved one- but sometimes sooner is better than later. Knowing when and how to stage an intervention will increase chances of it turning out for the best. Keep reading to learn more.
When is the Right Time?
Most of the time friends and families wait until they have exhausted every last effort to help their loved one before staging an intervention. It usually comes after attempts like cutting them off financially, requesting they find alternate housing, trying to get them into detox programs, and more.
While making an intervention the last effort isn’t a bad idea- it may not be the only way. An intervention is best staged when you are genuinely concerned for a loved one’s well-being and a chance at recovery. If you believe they will be willing to seek treatment on their own due to circumstance, it may not be necessary. However, if you feel they will only get worse and have no intention of seeking treatment- holding an intervention sooner rather than later could offer better and safer chances at recovery.
It isn’t easy to determine where a loved one is in their addiction, but there are some signs that things have gone too far and need intervening my loved ones and professionals. Some of these signs are:
- Obvious deterioration of health
- Financial Struggles
- Failed attempts at communication or visitation
- Psychological Issues
These are just to name a few- but the best advice is to trust your instinct. If you know the person you love is struggling and needs help-consider staging an intervention to show them that a brighter future and way of life is attainable.
How to Stage an Intervention
The first step to staging an intervention is to find an intervention specialist. Many times families and friends attempt to hold one on their own, and even if it’s coming from a place of love, it’s not always the best idea. The onset of an intervention into an addicts life can be scary, alarming, and cause them to go into defense mode. Having a professional who knows how to deal with the complex emotions of an addict will ensure the intervention is completed with as little qualms as possible. It’s important to remember the focus is on the addict’s emotions and well being- and having a professional there to guide the process is a safer way to go about it.
The second step is forming the group who will participate in the intervention. The intervention is not for the purpose of scaring an addict into treatment- but encouraging. The individuals who participate should have a genuine interest in helping. Usually, the group consists of parents, siblings, spouses, close co-workers and friends, or other close relatives. The people involved should only be considered if they will contribute to a safe space for your loved one.
Once the generals are set in stone, it’s important to rehearse. This may sound strange, but when the addict is present and it’s time to speak- emotions overflow. The words you prepare to say are important and should be said the way they were originally intended. Practicing how the intervention will flow will ensure that everyone gets a chance to say what they want and that getting off track is less likely. It may also be helpful to rehearse with the professional there so he or she may help you improve your intervention plans or provide insight.
With all of this being said- the most important preparation is to be prepared for anything. The intervention may not go exactly as you want, and it can be hard to predict how your loved one will react when they walk into the intervention. Understanding that you cannot control all aspects of the situation will help you be more flexible in how it pans out when the time comes. The important thing to do is relax, stay calm, and do everything in your power to finish the intervention fully.
After the Intervention
The purpose of the intervention is to lead your loved one into treatment to work towards sobriety. Different treatment options will be considered based on the individuals needs- and our professionally trained staff is ready to find the best plan for you or your loved one. If you are planning an intervention and need professional help, or are seeking treatment options for after- call us today to find out more about our programs and professionals. Recovery is possible.