How to Stage an Intervention

How to Stage an Intervention

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How to Stage an Intervention

An intervention can be a stepping stone into getting your loved one into inpatient treatment. It is supposed to be a structured conversation between the addict, specialist, and loved ones. This conversation has a singular goal, though several steps are necessary to reach that goal. If you are planning an intervention for a friend or loved one make sure to properly stage it for the best possible results. However, you must remember that though an effective intervention may lead your loved one to rehab. It does not increase the efficacy of treatment, that is solely up to the addict.

When to Intervene

It can be a difficult decision to approach someone concerning their addiction and need for intensive help. Though many people mean well, they may not have the right words to express their feelings. The addicted person may also deny an addiction in every manner. However, there are signs that point to a strong addiction and a possible need for intervention. These outward signs may include borrowing or stealing money, aggressiveness, and being secretive. Other signs may include health issues and a lack of good physical appearance. Other signs include lack of energy at home, school, and/or work. You may also note other mental health issues like depression or eating disorders.

Staging an Intervention

If you are to the point that a loved one needs an intervention, then plan it correctly to allow for the most effectiveness. The first step is to call an intervention specialist. These individuals are trained professionals that will help you each step of the way. They keep the communication open and moving in the right direction. It is not recommended that friends and family even plan an intervention without a specialist.

Next, form the intervention group carefully. While loved ones should be involved, they should be able to handle intense moments and address specific needs. This may mean that the elderly or the very young should be excluded. After the group is formed, learn and rehearse. An intervention specialist will educate those members of the group on what may happen and how to handle the situation. The group members should then rehearse what they are saying to the addict. It’s important to do it with love, compassion, and concern. Avoid blaming and focusing on the past. Finally, choose an intervention meeting place and time that is familiar, yet non-threatening.

Moving forward with an Intervention

How to Stage an Intervention

If the intervention is set and everyone prepared, then move forward. Plan for about 90 minutes for the process and be prepared for anything. Your loved one may react with submission or could become violent. If the intervention party feels threatened or in danger, call 911. The best you can do is be prepared having done your homework before attempting an intervention.

Hopefully your loved one will see the damages of addiction and seek help. Just remember, though interventions have been somewhat glamorized by reality television, they are real, raw, emotionally charged experiences that may or may not lead to rehab. If rehab is chosen, know that the person still has to be willing to admit a problem and stay clean and sober. An intervention is simply a step. Not a solution.

Looking to stage an intervention? Seek professional help and be clear about your goals. The future for your loved one may depend on it.

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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