This article was written and published by Holdfast Recovery.
When someone struggles with substance abuse and addiction, their loved ones may want to provide additional support and get them the help they need but are unsure how to do so. Although interventions are depicted a certain way in television shows and movies, they rarely happen that way in real life.
The experts at Holdfast Recovery are here to help you effectively prepare for the difficult conversation ahead.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a well-planned event designed to acknowledge a problem and offer help to a person affected by substance abuse and addiction. When confronting the person affected by addiction, try to focus on the negative changes in their behavior and offer treatment as a solution.
The 7 Steps to Stage an Intervention
Step 1: Get Additional Help
Suppose you are unsure where to start, – In that case, you may want to consult with a professional addiction counselor or a professional interventionist to help guide you through the process of planning the event.
Step 2: Form the Group
When forming your group of people who will be present during the event, it is recommended to reach out to close friends and family members concerned about the addictive behaviors of their loved one. However, it is important to note that any other friends or family members that also struggle with substance abuse should not be present.
Step 3: Plan the Event
The key factors to focus on when planning the intervention are: when it is, where to have it, and the order of participation. These details provide the intervention with structure and make it easier to follow at the time of the event.
Step 4: Prepare for the Intervention
Your intervention will have more credibility if everyone involved is aware of the problem and the intervention process. Before bringing everyone together, make sure you understand the scope of your loved one’s addiction issues.
The overarching goal is to get the person struggling with addiction into treatment, so it is vital to make sure all participants are on board with this idea. They will likely feel more receptive to the idea if you have researched possible rehab facilities ahead of time.
Step 5: Prepare & Rehearse Impact Statements
Impact statements should be vulnerable and honest to let your loved one know that they aren’t experiencing this alone. When sharing personal accounts of how the addiction has harmed the people around them, it’s harder to deny the problem at hand.
Because emotions can run high during interventions, it’s important to rehearse these statements beforehand. Your intervention should feel like a highly organized meeting. It should represent that a lot of care, thought, and planning went into the process before presenting it to your affected loved one.
Step 6: Offer Help & Support
With everyone attending the intervention being invested in the recovery and wellness of the affected person, they should also be expected to provide some level of support throughout the recovery process. Whether they offer a shoulder to lean on, rides to meetings, or even attending family therapy sessions, the affected person should be made to feel supported and loved.
Step 7: Follow Up
If your loved one accepts the help everyone wants to provide, follow up on any promises of change made during the intervention. This helps keep the affected person accountable for their actions and their impact on those who love them.
When you are ready to stage your intervention, we can offer you guidance on the intervention process and can provide additional information on the treatments available at our facility.
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