What is an Intervention?
An intervention should not happen spontaneously. You might feel compelled to confront a loved one who has been struggling with addiction, to sit them down and say, “Hey, I’m worried about you. You really need to get it together and stop killing yourself.” If you attempt to confront a loved one without planning a professionally staged intervention there is a good chance you could accidentally push them further away. People who are in the grasp of a life-threatening substance abuse disorder are typically rendered incapable of thinking clearly or making rational decisions. An intervention is a carefully planned process designed to gently prompt an addicted person to seek treatment while offering them support and encouragement. Interventions should always be facilitated by an experienced professional, who works with the family members and close friends of the addict or alcoholic in developing a multi-staged plan of action. During the intervention, a small and intimate group gathers together and presents treatment options which can be taken advantage of the same day.
- Lays out how close friends and relatives have been negatively impacted by the addiction without placing the blame, accusing or getting angry.
- Helps spell out which boundaries are going to be set, and helps the loved ones of the addict or alcoholic maintain these boundaries once the intervention has concluded.
- Presents the addict or alcoholic with a very specific treatment plan, and encourages them to take advantage of this plan the very same day.
In many cases, a professionally staged intervention provides someone who has been struggling with addiction with the extra push they need to enter treatment. However, even if the person refuses treatment the same day, the seed has been planted and they know where to turn when things get out of hand. To learn more about the process or to be put in touch with an experienced interventionist in the Guardian Recovery Network, today.