Watching someone you love struggle with addiction can be difficult for the entire family. One method of helping someone suffering from addiction is for the family and friends o stage an intervention.
What Is an Intervention?
In simplest terms, an intervention is a planned meeting between a person suffering from addiction and their family and friends. The loved ones plan the intervention in advance, and it is usually a surprise to the person being intervened upon. In this meeting, the loved ones confront the person with the consequences of his behavior, and ask him to go to treatment immediately.
How to organize an Intervention
One of the key elements of an intervention is that everyone (or as many people as possible) are on the same page and presenting a united front. For this reason, it’s important that the family and friends of the addicted person meet at least once, possibly several times beforehand to discuss what’s about to take place. This will show the addicted person that the family means business and that if she refuses help, she has no one else to run to who will continue to enable the destructive behavior.
Each person should make a list of what the addiction has cost the person from their own perspective. For example, if the state has removed the person’s children due to addiction issues, if she has lost her license or jobs due to inebriation, etc. Then, each person should explain how the addict’s behavior has affected them. As an example, “My mortgage was late last month because you stole money out of my bank account for drugs.”
Finally, the consequences will be laid out of what will happen if help is refused. This is often emotional for all parties, but it’s important that everyone remains as calm as possible and stands firm.
“I will no longer pick you up when you don’t have a ride, help with your bills or supervise visitations with your children if you don’t go to treatment today.”
Do you Need Professional Help to Stage an Intervention?
While not strictly necessary, it’s very helpful if you have a professional help you plan and stage the This can be a trained interventionist specifically, or any appropriate counselor or therapist. The reason for this is because this can be a very emotionally charged situation and an interventionist can assist by being the objective voice in the room, keeping everyone on track, and pointing things out that you may not have consided.
Why Is an Intervention a Good Step to Help an Addicted Loved One?
Studies have shown over and over that the best way to treat addiction is with in-patient services. At an in-patient rehab facility, your loved one will be surrounded by professionals who can provide all the services needed for recovery in a safe and medically approved way. What are you waiting for, now is the best time to help your loved one help herself!