Do you have a friend or family member who has spiraled out of control with their drug use? Are you afraid they’ve become addicted and are worried something really bad might happen if they don’t stop?
If you’re answering yes to these questions, then it may be time to stage an intervention.
An intervention involves approaching your loved one about their problem and telling them that they need help.
Oftentimes, an intervention is the first catalyst for many addicts to make a change. However, there are many ways in which interventions can go wrong. The addict may feel attacked, become angry, and shut you out of their life.
In order to make sure your intervention goes smoothly, there are a few things you should know before going in. Read on to learn the top four tips for staging an intervention.
1. Be Informed Beforehand
The more you are informed about the situation, the better.
When you stage an intervention, you shouldn’t just approach an addict with your thoughts and feelings about the situation. You also need to show them that you are knowledgeable about addiction.
Before you stage an intervention, you should have a good understanding of what an addiction really is, and what causes it. You should know about the effects of addiction, and you should be aware of the various ways people treat their addiction. It can also be helpful to have some statistics on hand to back up what you’re saying.
For example, this recovery center on internet page explains that only 2.6 million Americans enter a rehab facility each year, leaving over 20 million without treatment.
When you come to the intervention armed with knowledge, the addict will have more trust in you.
2. Choose Your Crew Carefully
An intervention is not a lecture, it is a conversation between loved ones.
Everyone chosen to be a part of the intervention should be someone who the addict loves and trusts. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose these people with care.
People who don’t have a good relationship with the addict, or are in the middle of a fight with an addict, should stay out of the intervention.
The sole focus of the intervention should be to get the loved one help. This isn’t a time to mend fences or make peace for other wrongdoings.
If you aren’t confident about putting together or staging an intervention, you may want to consider hiring a professional interventionist. This person can help put together the best team and make sure everything is organized for the intervention.
3. Choose the Right Time to Talk
Timing is everything, especially when it comes to an intervention.
The best time to talk to a loved one is when they’re sober – or as close to sober as possible. Choosing a time when the addict is sober is important because it ensures the addict can think as clearly as possible, and it helps ensure everyone’s safety.
Oftentimes, interventions that take place first thing in the morning are the best idea. It can also be a good idea to hold the intervention shortly after a major drug-related episode.
For example, if your loved one has recently been charged with drunk driving, you may want to hold the intervention shortly after. This way, the negative consequences of their drug use are fresh in their minds.
4. It’s Not Over Until…
Keep in mind, the intervention is not over until your loved one agrees to treatment. If they don’t agree, you will need to restage another intervention or think of an alternative plan.
With these 4 tips in mind, you should be able to stage a successful intervention.