When it comes to staging an intervention, every detail counts.
Your loved one’s chances of accepting help increase if the intervention runs smoothly. This includes everything from the venue to the family speeches.
You can make this intervention successful by following some important tips. Keep reading to find out how to do an intervention that works.
1. Plan Everything
Having an intervention may take weeks or months of planning. You need all the important people present as well as a few others.
Consider hiring an interventionist.
This is someone who’s experienced and high-trained in staging interventions. They’ll provide an unbiased and educated perspective. They can also help you choose a treatment center that’s right for your loved one.
Choose a venue that is comfortable. Preferably indoors in a private space where you won’t get interrupted.
2. Prepare Consequences
Each person participating in the intervention should write a letter to the loved one in need. This is your chance to explain exactly how their addiction has affected you. Remind them of how much you love them.
This is also your opportunity to state your final boundaries and consequences.
If they refuse treatment, what will happen? Will they still be allowed to live with you? Will you still lend them money?
It’s important that you follow-through will these consequences if they don’t choose to get help.
3. Have a Treatment Plan
There are hundreds of addiction recovery facilities across America. Do your research on which is best for your family.
Don’t hesitate to tour the inpatient facility in advance. Interview the management about their values and perspective on addiction.
Inquire about treatment options for the family. Everyone in the family is affected by addiction, so look for a facility that acknowledges that and can help.
4. Be Supportive
Your loved one could feel a range of emotions during an intervention. They may feel betrayed, angry, hurt, or upset. They could also be appreciative.
It’s important that you and the rest of the family be supportive. Leave your judgment at the door. Make this time about helping your loved one choose help.
Being supportive is not the same as being an enabler.
5. This Isn’t the End
Avoid having the perspective that this intervention with the end all your family’s problems. It isn’t going to cure the addiction.
An intervention is the first official step towards choosing to heal. There’s a long road ahead.
Some interventions aren’t successful the first time. If this one doesn’t work out, don’t lose hope. Stick to your boundaries and consider planning another one in the future.
Still Wondering How to Do an Intervention?
An intervention is an excellent way to show your addicted loved one that you care. Despite their range of emotions, helping them choose help is a gesture of love.
It’s important to plan every aspect of the intervention for the best chance of success.
For more information on how to do an intervention, check out our blog.