How to Do an Intervention so a Loved One Can Beat Addiction

A straight forward approach to addressing the very sensitive subject of intervention.

Over the years of helping families, one of the most delicate and challenging questions we have heard has been whether to intervene when a relative is addicted to drugs or alcohol. First, when it comes to intervening, there is no difference with addiction to alcohol, drugs or prescription medications. In simpler terms, what would you do if a family member were trying to kill him or herself with a knife ? Would you simply stay silent and watch them die? Of course not. Addiction is essentially a gradual suicide happening right before your eyes. Clearly, you don’t want to wait for the person to hit rock bottom, right?

Here are some guidelines for staging an intervention

 

Plan Ahead

First, find the right treatment for the addicted person. For most addicts, the right treatment comes down to what’s affordable. Most decent treatment centers require some proof of PPO or HMO insurance before any real work can begin. If possible, have an insurance card handy before making the call. Some state funded rehab options are available as well. You can get state specific rehab information by speaking to one of our counselors as well, call 888-203-1691. One of our counselors can help you with this extremely important first step of locating a treatment center that matches the needs of your loved one. Get this initial pre-planning done prior to the face-to-face intervention. If the addict agrees to seek treatment during the intervention, you’ll all have to move quickly, there’s no time to waste, and the last thing you’ll want to do is fumble around looking for treatment options that could take days or weeks to organize. Next, Find out what’s ruining the person’s life . Often times it’s a recent, traumatic event like a friend overdosing, trouble with the law or the potential of losing a loved one. Determine who will participate. Anyone who might be confrontational shouldn’t be present. Participants must be close to and trusted by the addict. The best time to start an intervention is right after a major event like an overdose, arrest or questionable acts such as lying, cheating or stealing. Remember, this process is not a punishment. After all, you are helping the person recover from a bad situation. The intention should be clear and unwavering.

“We love you, we’ve always loved you, we’ll never stop loving you, but we won’t watch you kill yourself with drugs.”

The family should definitely express concern but do not sympathize with the addict. Sympathy is a form of agreement and can back fire by justifying the action. These are the basic rules of thumb when starting an intervention.

Addiction is essentially a gradual suicide happening right before your eyes…

The process is detailed below. If you have any questions or would like additional guidance, please call one of our counselors using the number above or below. It would be our pleasure to refer you to a professional interventionist in your area who can help.

Here’s your substance abuse intervention checklist:

 

    1. Call 888-203-1691 to speak with an addiction counselor about local and nationwide treatment options. If possible, have your insurance card out and ready to verify coverage.
    2. Find out what’s ruining the person’s life. Often times it’s a recent, traumatic event like a friend overdosing, trouble with the law or the potential of losing a loved one.
    3. Determine who will participate. Anyone who might be confrontational shouldn’t be present. Participants must be close to and trusted by the addict.
    4. The best time to start an intervention is right after a major event like an overdose, arrest or questionable acts such as lying, cheating or stealing.
    5. Remember, this process is not a punishment. After all, you are helping the person recover from a bad situation. The intention should be clear and unwavering.
    6. If the addict agrees to seek treatment during the intervention, you’ll all have to move quickly, there’s no time to waste, and the last thing you’ll want to do is fumble around looking for treatment options that could take days or weeks to organize.

 

Call now to speak with an addiction recovery specialist and coordinate treatment prior to an intervention 888-203-1691