Tips for Planning an Intervention
When someone is struggling with substance abuse issues it isn’t uncommon for family members and friends to schedule an intervention. They use this valuable tool to help push them to take the steps necessary in order to better their lives. Those who are hooked on mood and mind-altering substances will not view their life the same way that close relatives and friends will. From the outside the pattern of self-destructive behavior is obvious. They will see a dramatic change in their loved one’s personality and overall quality of life. Standing by and watching this happen can be absolutely heartbreaking. Not knowing what to do or how to help them can lead to overwhelming feelings of helplessness. They will sit there and wonder why that person struggling has not gotten help to change their lives.
When someone is hooked on drugs and/or alcohol they will no longer think, act, or react the way they used to. Day after day they will use substances, this only digs them deeper into the pit of addiction. An intervention is often the push needed to get the struggling individual to admit that they have a problem and need to do something about it. The ultimate goal of a drug intervention is to get the person who is hooked on mood and mind-altering substances to seek help from a detox center and inpatient rehab program. Attempting to have an intervention without a set plan in place can do more harm than good. We want to help teach you how to have an intervention to give you the best opportunity at it being successful.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is when close friends and family members get together to confront their loved one about their substance abuse issues. Trying to have an intervention without proper direction can cause a variety of issues and can lead the struggling person to become hostile and storm out. This is the worst-case scenario. Ideally, anyone who is planning an intervention should hire a licensed interventionist, but we understand that is simply not an option for everyone out there. For those who are unable to hire an interventionist, it is imperative that they are properly equipped and prepared to do this.
The first step of having a successful intervention is putting together the group that will be part of it. We suggest around 3-5 people, all of which should be emotionally close to the struggling individual. Once the core group has been put together then it is time to make a plan of action.
- Where will the intervention take place?
- What time will it happen?
- Who will lead the intervention?
- Who will get the struggling person to the predetermined location?
The person who is leading the intervention will help keep a pace throughout the event as well as keep peace in the room. After all, this is a very emotional and stressful time for everyone involved, it’s important that emotions don’t run wild. Once all of the above has been determined it is time to figure out what must be said. You should always write down your thoughts, it is easy to get overwhelmed during an intervention, so having your thoughts on paper can be very beneficial. You want to include five primary speaking points:
- Why you are there.
- How the addict/alcoholics actions have affected you.
- How their actions have affected their life.
- That you want them to get help and that a rehab center is available to them if they do seek help.
- What you will do if they do not accept the help you are offering.
Now that you have your speaking points written out and well thought out, it is time to find a detox and rehab center that can help your loved one. Having an intervention, but not having a facility set up can cause a variety of issues and unneeded stress. You want to have these programs picked out and lined up for the day/night of the intervention. If the individual does not accept help it is important that the members of the invention follow through with their ultimatums, such as; no more financial help, cut off from coming over, no longer hanging out together, and that they can no longer live under anyone’s roof in that room. As hard as this might be, some addicts/alcoholics need tough love in order to admit they need help. We hope that this is not the case.
Help for Substance Abuse Issues
If you are planning an intervention and would like to know more or just have some questions, please contact our toll-free line today. A specialist is standing by ready to help you through this difficult time in any way that they can. Whether you just need some advice or need help locating a local detox center or inpatient rehab program, we are here to help. Calls are always free of charge and completely confidential.