Helping a loved one overcome an addiction is never easy. It often requires planning and a bit of strategy, as well as support from loved ones or friends. Staging an intervention involves facing the person head-on about their addiction and convincing them that they need professional help at an addiction treatment center. If handled properly, an intervention can be both peaceful and productive.
If you are unsure how to stage an intervention for drug or alcohol addiction, you may want to consult a Sunflower Wellness Retreat treatment professional. They can give you tips on how to carry out an intervention. After all, the goal is to help your loved one conquer their addiction to drugs or alcohol.
How to Stage a Successful Intervention
You’ve decided to stage an intervention to rescue a loved one from the depths of addiction. The steps to stage an intervention are:
Get Professional Help
Before you take any steps or make any decisions, contact an intervention specialist. This can be a social worker, doctor, counselor, or therapist at a substance abuse treatment center. Sit down and meet with the person in advance to discuss your situation, ask questions, and formulate a game plan.
Put Your Intervention Team Together
Never attempt to intervene on your own. Even with your powers of persuasion, your plan is likely to backfire. Assemble a team that can involve friends, family, coworkers, or treatment specialists. Choose your team carefully, and pick people who can handle this type of situation calmly and maturely.
Make a Game Plan
Put a plan in place and carry out the intervention as planned. Your plan may include the following:
- Date and time of the intervention
- Where the intervention will take place
- What you will say
- Who will do the talking
- What you will do if the person refuses
Make sure that everyone on your team understands their role and what they will say. Also, have a backup plan if the person refuses help.
Prepare for Rehab
If the addicted person is willing to get help, you want to be ready to act quickly. Before the intervention, gather all necessary documents, pack some clothes and supplies, and have the contact information and address from the treatment center ready. Contact the center in advance and let them know you are on your way once you head out.
Write Impact Statements
How you talk to your loved one during the intervention will influence their mindset. Pointing fingers and yelling will probably not work. Instead, each relevant person on your team needs to write out an impact statement. This is a statement that details how a person’s addiction has affected your life and hurt you. The statements should be honest and focus on the relationship. Please avoid personal attacks, as they rarely work.
If your loved one is willing to enter an addiction therapy program, they are essentially telling you that they are willing to change. If so, you need to provide as much support as possible, as rehab is challenging. The more support you provide as a friend or family member, the greater the chances of the person’s success. Remember that you can make a difference in someone’s life by offering love and encouragement.
Get Help for Addiction Now at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
An intervention may be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. However, it is always worth it to help a loved one suffering from an addiction. If you need help or resources for intervention, contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat either by calling 855.730.8825 or by completing our convenient online form. We can guide you through the process and give you the tools you need for a successful intervention.