An intervention is something you should take seriously. It should be a planned event, and something you researched a lot about. Hiring an interventionist is a great idea because you will learn from a professional on how to go about the intervention. Interventionists usually start the conversation and guide everyone during the intervention. Besides hiring an interventionist, this article will show you some tips on how to stage an intervention.
Act Out of Love and Respect
Intervention is a very serious thing and you want to give the utmost love and respect towards the addict and the situation.
Hire An Intervention Professional
An intervention professional will help you through the pre-invention and the actual intervention. They will supply good feedback and initiate conversations when the intervention needs guidance.
Make a Plan/Prepare in Advance
You’ll want to make a plan before the intervention takes place. Preparing where the intervention will take place, what time, who will be there, and writing out your letters will help the intervention go smoothly.
Find a Quiet Place
When you prepare the intervention, finding a good location is a priority. It needs to be a non-distracting, quiet and comfortable place. Finding a place like that will ensure the addict feels safe and understands how serious it is.
Find and Secure a Drug Rehab Facility
You’ll want to prepare as much as you can before the intervention takes place. In most cases, having an intervention means you’ve set up a rehab and the addict is going there when the intervention ends. Researching drug facilities is important because you want to make sure you know where they are going, if they accept your insurance, if they have availability, and if it’s a safe and comfortable place. When you secure a facility, you are ensuring that the addict has a place to go right away.
Research Objections & Come Up With Solutions
You want to make sure you have an answer and a solution for everything. During the intervention, the addict may come up with excuses, disagree and think they don’t need help. You want to make sure you have a comeback for what they say, and be clear that you’re worried for their health and safety.
Determine the Consequences
Before the intervention takes place, you want to determine what will happen if your loved one chooses not to get help. Determining ahead of time ensures that you have a plan and you’re sticking with it. The consequences can be anything from removing emotional or financial support to removing them from the house or family events until they seek help.
Don’t Wait Until They Hit Rock Bottom
Waiting until they hit rock bottom could mean jail or seriously injuring themselves. Act now before it’s too late.
Don’t Do it Alone
If you have family members or close friends that know about the situation, ask for their help. Ask if they are willing to write letters and join the intervention. By having a close group of family and friends, you’re making it known that it’s a serious issue. It also helps the addict understand that they are affecting more than just you.
Don’t Change Your Story
During the intervention, follow through with every step. Be honest with your letter and stick with the threats you’re making if they don’t seek help.
Don’t Expect Them to Feel Happy
When they sit down for your intervention, they will probably try to fight it off. They might become defensive, angry, or annoyed, and not contribute much. It’s a normal response and the best way to go about it is for you to talk, and them to listen. The intervention is over when the addict agrees to get help, and in which case they still might not be happy or understand it.
Don’t Blame Them or Get Angry
Blaming your loved one won’t help the intervention or make it easier. You should be understanding, respectful, and talk to them in a calm manner. By blaming them or raising your voice, it could encourage your loved one to get upset and leave the intervention or be less cooperative.
Don’t Wait to Secure a Facility
Don’t go into the intervention without a secure plan on where the addict is going for treatment. Make sure you have a plan, and it’s fully secure before the intervention starts. If you wait, you could run into problems with insurance or available rooms in the facility and the wait might turn off the loved one into seeking help.
Don’t Invite People That Might Limit The Intervention Success
If you have people that your loved one isn’t fond of, or someone that might not stick through the intervention, you shouldn’t invite them. You have 1 goal for the intervention and that is for your loved one to get help. If you invite family or friends that have a possibility of creating chaos or ruining the chances, it’s best to leave them out of it.