How Do You Plan for a Successful Intervention?

By The Care Centers. Posted on Fri Feb 19 2016

If someone you love has a serious problem with alcohol or substance abuse, then you’re probably considering an intervention. You don’t want to abandon your friend, family member, or spouse, but you cannot continue watching them circle the drain. Of course, you know that interventions aren’t always successful, and you don’t want to further alienate your loved one with a failed attempt at an intervention. So how can you plan a successful intervention that will help your loved one get the help and treatment they need?

Talk to Friends and Family – Choose Your Intervention Team Carefully
First, you can’t stage an intervention by yourself, so you’ll need to form a team of others who love and are concerned for your loved one with a drinking or drug abuse problem. However, not everyone should be invited. Remember, your goal is to motivate your loved one to see their problem and get help, so you’ll only want to invite people they’re very close to who can get through to them. The best participants in an intervention are usually spouses, parents, siblings, teen or adult children, and very close friends. 

Get Professional Help
Next, you may think that you now how an intervention works, but without the right guidance it can go off-track very quickly. This is especially true if your loved one has any mental health problems associated with their drug or alcohol use. Calling on a social worker, addiction counselor, or therapist who has experience with interventions and has worked with addicts in recovery can be immensely helpful. You and your intervention team will want to meet with this person at least once before staging the actual intervention so that everyone will be on the same page.

Choose Your Moment
Planning an intervention for a time when your loved one is likely to be high or intoxicated is a recipe for disaster. However, planning an intervention shortly after a catastrophic incident relating to that person’s drinking or drug use can be very powerful. Choose a day and time when everyone can clear their schedules to meet for the intervention and when your loved one will not be high or drunk, and you’ll have a much greater chance of success.

Keep Your Body Language Open and Warm
While you may be nervous or tense about the intervention, and you may be justifiably angry at your loved one for putting you and your family and friends through difficult situations with their drug or alcohol use, you need to put these things aside for the intervention. Your body language matters during the intervention because it can tell tales that your words don’t say.

Crossing your arms, leaning back away from them, or avoiding eye contact can send the message that you’re angry and disengaged, that you just want to yell at them and you’re not really there to help. On the other hand, if you keep your arms and legs uncrossed, your hands relaxed, and you lean forward when you speak to them, you’ll be telegraphing care, honesty, and openness.

For more information on interventions and getting rehabilitative help for your loved one, find one of The Care Centers’ rehab facilities near you today.


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