When you’ve asked nicely – and not so nicely – multiple times, and it’s clear that your loved one is going to continue living with an addiction until he hits a wall, staging an intervention is often the best way to make it clear to your addicted family member that you will no longer stand by and watch her kill herself.
Here are a few tips to make an intervention a productive experience and increase the odds that your loved one will accept your offer of treatment.
- Choose participants carefully. Though you may have quite a few people who are interested in taking part in the intervention, your best bet is to include people who (1) do not have a drug and alcohol problem currently, (2) are on good terms with your addicted loved one, and (3) will be able to manage their emotions during the intervention. Just a few supportive and positive people are all you need for an effective intervention.
- Hold a planning session. Prior to the intervention, gather everyone together who will take part, and make sure everyone understands what will happen and what their role will be. This is the time for people to ask questions, work on what they will say, and determine the details of the event, like where and when it will be held and who will escort the addicted person to the intervention.
- Enroll your loved one in rehab before the intervention. The key to an effective intervention is offering your addicted family member the option of treatment – immediately. For this to work, they must be enrolled in a drug rehab prior to the intervention with a bed waiting for them so that they can go to treatment that very day, should they accept help. No postponement for any reason – immediate entry into treatment is essential.
- Consider hiring a professional interventionist. A professional interventionist or family mediator will be able to offer an objective third-party view, help to keep all involved focused and on track, and lend an air of formality to the proceedings.
- Stay positive. No matter how angry, frustrated, scared, or sad you feel, it’s important to keep a strong front during the intervention, emphasizing the hope that can come through treatment and the desire to see your loved one beat this medical disorder.
Learn more about how we can help you move your addicted loved one closer to rehabilitation when you contact us about our drug rehab program here at Alta Mira.