How To Stage An Intervention
If you have a loved one struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), you have probably been wondering how to get them the help they need. An intervention can be an important aspect in the process of helping your loved one come to terms that they have an alcohol or drug abuse problem and that they need to seek treatment for their condition. An intervention is a carefully planned process that involves gathering the individual’s friends and family to confront the person struggling with addiction.

It’s important to ensure that everyone involved in the intervention has rehearsed their statements beforehand to avoid placing blame, making accusations, or saying other hurtful things, which may lead the person to refuse help. Instead of attacking your loved one for any harm they may have caused while engaged in addictive behaviors, those hosting the intervention should focus on the positive by explaining how deeply the person is cared for, and that everyone is holding their best interest at heart by encouraging them to seek addiction treatment.

You can point out how drug or alcohol addiction causes negative changes in behavior, but do so carefully: the individual should not feel attacked for these behaviors, but rather be educated about how their substance abuse has affected the mental health of their loved ones. Even while discussing this topic, you should make sure to stay supportive and compassionate while sharing your honest feelings and letting them know help is available.

In many cases, friends and family will consult a professional interventionist to help structure the intervention process, guide the intervention team, and lead the overall event to keep everyone involved on a positive track that doesn’t devolve into anger towards the individual. Hiring a professional interventionist can be a very important part of making sure the intervention is successful and does not push your loved one suffering from alcohol or drug addiction even further away.

The end goal of an intervention is to get your loved one to agree to enter a treatment program at a rehab center. This will typically involve setting boundaries and creating consequences if they choose not to attend a treatment center to disrupt the pattern of enabling the addict. These consequences should be firm but not harsh, as the most important aspect of the intervention is to remain supportive.

Offer your loved one help with the treatment plans you provide, such as letting them know you will attend family therapy sessions or support group meetings with them, or offer to give them a ride to their treatment center or counseling sessions. This will show your loved one that you truly do care and want the best for them and are not trying to punish them for their addiction.

If the intervention is successful, the next step is bringing the loved one to a rehab program that offers effective treatment methods such as counseling, behavioral therapies, alternative therapies, and support groups. Innovative Health provides all of these treatment options in an outpatient setting which can make your loved one more willing to take this first step toward recovery.

If you would like to bring your loved one to treatment at our rehab center, or you are looking for help staging your intervention, call our treatment facility today for assistance.