If you have a loved one with a substance abuse problem you may have tried already talking to them about getting help. However, they have not done so and you’re afraid of what may happen if they do not. It might be time to stage an intervention.
How an intervention works
This carefully planned activity works by bringing relatives and friends of the loved one together with a positive message of help and faith. It allows you to challenge your family member (friend) about their addiction and its consequences and ask them to seek recovery help.
The intervention needs to do the following:
- Provide detailed instances of damaging behaviors and the impact on family and friends of your family member with the addiction
- Proposes a preapproved treatment arrangement with well-defined actions, goals, and strategies
- Lays out what each person will do if your addicted family member rejects treatment
Tips for an intervention and how to talk to your loved one
If you believe it is time for an intervention of your loved one, here are some tips to help you provide the best intervention possible.
- Choose the family members and friends carefully, you want those who can stick to the plan and provide focus
- Have a plan made that can include a professional addiction counselor or interventionist
- Put together information and facts on a treatment plan for the loved one’s problem
- Decide on the costs, if your they will not accept the help and recovery plan
- Make memos on what to say; each team representative needs to describe a specific incident where the drug addiction triggered issues such as money problems or emotional pain
- Ask the addicted person you love to the place of intervention without telling them what is happening
- Follow up with the addict involving a partner, family members or others is vital to help the addict remain in a treatment program and reduce risks of relapse
- When speaking to the addict do so in love not anger talk about addiction being treatable and offer your support; if a family member or friends cannot leave the anger out then do not ask them to be part of the intervention. Do not focus on failures or call names or use labels at the same time do NOT accept excuses
Following these tips can help you have a good intervention that may get your loved one into treatment. If it does not happen this time, employ the consequences and do not give up try, again in a few weeks or months to get them to agree to rehab.
Investigate the recovery centers and what type of therapies they offer to make sure they will fit the needs of your loved one with the addiction.
At 449 Recovery we provide a safe clean place to undergo continuously monitored detox and programs like CBT to learn the tools and skills needed to reduce the risk of relapse as well as stress and anxiety. Call us today (855) 435-7449 to learn more about our recovery programs for substance and alcohol abuse and addiction.