Tips to Having a Successful Intervention

Tips to having a successful interventionIf you are worried about someone with a substance abuse problem, you are likely considering whether an intervention would be appropriate.  An intervention is not simply confronting the addict because you are angry and you want to make sure she knows you have a problem with her.  An intervention is a powerful tool to help the addict into recovery and should be approached with knowledge and commitment.

Helpful Tips for a Successful Intervention

  • Hire an interventionist. An interventionist may come from a variety of disciplines – medicine, administration or counseling – but will be certified additionally in intervention.  Most interventionists will charge a few hundred dollars, and you will have access to their expertise and assistance planning the intervention, researching treatment options, selecting the best option and staging the intervention.  If things become heated or dangerous during the intervention, the interventionist is trained to deal with the situation.
  • Choose the participants carefully. Ideally, you will be able to include everyone who is significant to the addict.  When people are too far away, ask them to write letters.  You give each other strength and conviction, and you present a united front to the addict.  Make sure that you do not invite anyone who is not really significant to the addict or who the addict has a reason not to trust.
  • Choose the location with sensitivity. This is likely to be particular to your situation, so no one can tell you where to pick.  Just make sure you consider whether the addict is likely to feel more comfortable in his own home or whether it might be preferable to meet in a neutral location such as a rented room in a hotel.  If you are staging a workplace intervention, privacy is a major concern.  If you can’t arrange for the intervention to be off-site, make sure you have a way to disguise the intervention on all formal schedules as a meeting and keep out employees who are not included.
  • Time the intervention carefully, if you can. Sometimes you have to plan ahead and sometimes you are dealing with a crisis situation and have little time for planning.  But when you have a little leeway, try to time the intervention so it occurs relatively soon after a significant incident when the addict would have to acknowledge that her substance abuse is a problem.
  • Make certain that the addict is sober for the intervention.

Speak to the experts at (888) 371-5722 if you want assistance planning or staging an intervention.

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