Intervention Steps: Help Your Loved One Overcome Addiction

Kevin WoodIntervention

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Trying to help a loved one who suffered from drug or alcohol addiction can be very painful. But, by actually helping your loved one you can help get their life back on track and moving forward in a positive manner. By ignoring the situation you only create more long-term damage. Even though an intervention might be tough, it might be the only thing that can potentially bring them back from the brink. Below we outline a process you can follow that’ll help you decide when an intervention is needed, and the steps to take to increase your chances of having a successful intervention.

When Is an Intervention Needed?

It can be difficult to decide when’s the best time to approach someone who’s struggling with addiction. It’s a very hard and emotional topic to bring up. Even if you want to bring up the topic of addiction it can be hard to know what to say. If your loved one is in denial this will make the conversation that much more difficult. Below we highlight some of the main signs that’ll tip you off that an intervention is needed:
  • Borrowing money without reason
  • Lack of physical energy or motivation
  • Newly arising health problems
  • Secretive or shady behavior
  • Deteriorating work or school performance
  • Outward symptoms, such as smelling of alcohol, or being high around you
  • They’ve openly expressed the inability to refrain from drug or alcohol use

Should I Bring in a Specialist?

A drug intervention specialist will help to ensure the intervention process goes smoothly, and you maximize the chances of your loved one attending rehab. They’ll help to keep the conversation moving and ensure that every topic is addressed. If you’ve attempted to confront your loved one in the past with little success, then you might want the help of a professional. They’ll have experience dealing with someone with a similar addiction history and will know the correct steps to take.

Common Drug Intervention Steps

Whether or not you’ve decided to seek the help of an addiction specialist you can follow the steps below to increase your chances of actually having your loved one attend rehab.

1. Forming an Intervention Team

Your intervention team will be the loved ones and family members who will participate in the intervention. They will meet up beforehand to discuss the problem and work out what they’re going to say, and where they’re going to hold the addiction. In some cases, you might even consider including the addict’s children to present an even more convincing case.

2. Meet Up to Rehearse

The more practice you can get the better. Interventions are very tense and emotional situations. By spending more time rehearsing your main points it’ll be that much easier to get across everything you want to say. Forgetting about a certain moment or story will make your argument that much less compelling. Writing an intervention letter will help you stick to the script.

3. Pick the Right Time and Place

Interventions are generally held in a comfortable and familiar setting. If possible, try to pick a time when your loved one will be sober as this will increase the chances of them being able to understand and process what’s going on.

4. Be Prepared for Anything

It’s impossible to predict how your loved one will react. This can be one benefit of working with an intervention specialist, as they’ll have experience dealing with a wide range of intervention situations.

Finding the Right Treatment Program

Part of the intervention process is presenting the right treatment options to your loved one. It’s crucial to find the right intervention program that fits into their life and current expectations. Offering the right treatment programs will help to reduce the resistance to rehab. Make sure you find a treatment facility that is specialized in the type of treatment they require. Do your research about whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is better suited.

What If They Refuse Help?

Sadly, you can’t actually force or drag a loved one into treatment. Ultimately, the decision is up to them and their desire to get help. However, there are some things you can do to help sway them if they’re on the fence about going to treatment. For instance, you could offer an ultimatum that’ll restrict access to their children or grandchildren unless they get sober. Or, you could cut off contact with your loved one until they seek treatment. Uncover what they don’t want to live without and force them to choose between that and continuing to abuse drugs or alcohol. If you need rehab assistance or are interested in one of our many treatment options, then reach out to our team of treatment specialists today.   Sources: “Intervention – Tips and Guidelines”. NCADD, 25 Jul 2015. Web. 21 Apr 2016. “Chapter 2—Brief Interventions in Substance Abuse Treatment”. NCBI. Web. 21 Apr 2016.