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How to Organize an Intervention

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Whether we see a family member or a person in our community facing an addiction, we often want to help but don’t know where to begin. Efforts at educating someone about drug and alcohol addictions may have failed and now is the time to step in and guide this person in the right direction. While it seems easy to misunderstand someone’s addiction as a weakness, it is important that you go into this process with as little judgement as possible. Approaching someone with an addiction should be done in a loving environment where support is abundant. If you are seeking to create an intervention, here are some steps to take.

● Include an addiction counselor.

Many people facing addictions have underlying issues and often times they are buried under the surface. Addiction counselors can help by understanding the addicts circumstances and guiding the friends and family through the intervention process.

● After meeting with the addiction counselor, create a plan of action.

Work to create a safe space for the addict. Interventions can sometimes feel like betrayal or cause anger so it is important that a professional is involved in this process. Set out to identify the person’s addiction, choose a place the intervention can take place, and come up with places they can go for treatment. ● Form an intervention team. After a plan is set, reach out to loved ones of the addict. Create a message that all members of the intervention team will reiterate. Next, set a time, and date for the intervention. It is extremely important that you do not inform your loved one about this until the intervention is about to take place.

● Carefully plan out what you will say.

Each person involved in this intervention has a different stake in the addict’s life. Let everyone form their own notes. This step is crucial, as interventions can be emotionally charged. Notes ensure that the intervention stays on track. Each person should recount a specific event where their loved one’s addiction created problems. Members should also create consequences for the addict. For example, a sister of an alcoholic may say, “If you do not choose to get the help we are suggesting, I can not have you in my children’s life anymore.”

● Holding the intervention.

Your loved one is asked to the site of the intervention without revealing what is to take place. Once everyone is together, the intervention is revealed. Each person will take turns sharing their feelings with the addict and then the treatment plan is laid out for them. Upon revealing the treatment plan, each person will share the consequences should the addict refuse treatment – it is highly important that these consequences are followed through if they refuse the treatment.

● Follow-up with your loved one.

Continued support is extremely important for an addict’s road to recovery. If possible, offer to attend counseling sessions with them, educate yourself on the signs of relapse, and create activities that the addict can be involved in that do not include drugs and alcohol. Having a wide-net of support ensures that they don’t feel alone and can lead to higher success rates of sobriety.

Loved ones involved in this intervention should remain hopeful but also be aware that this is an emotionally charged situation and sometimes the addict can become angry, hostile, or even isolate themselves. While these steps are geared towards creating a successful intervention, it is up to the addict to accept the terms of treatment.

For more information on help with addiction for your loved one, visit The Bergand Group today.

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