Is Holding an Intervention the Right Choice for My Loved One?

Is Holding an Intervention the Right Choice for My Loved One?Interventions have become somewhat common over the past decade and the concept has increased in popularity as well. The reason that interventions are becoming more popular is because they have proven to be an effective strategy to get people into addiction treatment. The goal of an intervention is to make a person aware of her addiction to the point where she voluntarily enters a treatment program, because addicts who do so have a greater chance to benefit from the treatment. An intervention is intended to support a person’s initial commitment to treatment.

What an Addict Needs to Know

During an intervention, help your loved one take the following actions:

  • Understand that his friends and family are aware of the addiction
  • See proof of the addiction from friends and family members providing dates, times, and events that demonstrate negligence
  • Know that the addiction is negatively affecting his friends and family
  • Remember the impact that addiction is having on himself, such as diminished physical health, loss of employment, emotional instability and damaged relationships
  • Be informed of the consequences should he avoid treatment

Types of Interventions

Interventions have a range of choices starting with an informal conversation and ending with a structured meeting held by a professional interventionist. Sometimes an informal conversation with your loved one might be enough to get her to seek treatment.

Knowing what the addict needs to hear and knowing that an informal conversation is an intervention, you may be able to decide whether an intervention is the right choice for your loved one. While you are not limited to a certain number or types of interventions, it is recommended that you put the strongest case together the first time. In this way, your loved one will not have the opportunity to deny or justify the addiction, and may seek help.

Talking to an Interventionist

If you are unsure of how to prepare or conduct an intervention, you may want to speak to a professional interventionist. Even if you decide to hold an intervention without a professional present, you can still gain insight into the process so that you can be successful with your attempt. Learn as much as you can before you hold the intervention so that you give your loved one the best opportunity to make the right choice.

Addiction Intervention Help

Holding an intervention helps many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about interventions. We are here to help.