Intervention for Alcohol & Drug Addiction

If someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, they often engage in self-destructive behavior, rejecting any offers of help. It is hard to watch them slowly destroy their life and to experience the helpless feelings that come with caring about someone with addiction.

Interventions, when done properly, can be extremely effective in helping your loved one truly grasp the severity of their addiction and accept the help they need. An intervention is a delicate process that is generally most effective with professional guidance. can provide you with more information on staging an intervention and put you in contact with a reputable professional interventionist. Call us at 888-734-2278 to get help today.

Below is educational information on interventions to help get you started.

What Is an Intervention?

An intervention is a deliberate process of confronting a loved one about their problematic behavior. It helps plant the first seeds of change. A formal intervention involves several individuals who share a personal relationship with the addict and would like to encourage them to seek help.

The overall objective of an intervention is to openly identify the problem and inspire the recovery process through compassion and concern for the addict’s well-being. Interventions are helpful for addressing alcohol and drug addiction but are also effective for confronting compulsive behaviors including gambling addiction, sex addiction and eating disorders, among others.

The Intervention Process

Alcohol and drug addiction affects every individual differently. Being confronted about having a problem can go in many directions. It is important to understand how addiction is affecting your loved one to ensure you approach them in a way that does not intimidate, insult or anger them. A professional interventionist can help assess the situation and determine the most effective approach.
Meet with family and friends close to the addict (ideally 3-6 people), and discuss each other’s concerns and how you can help the addict agree to enter treatment.
Write down what each individual will say during the intervention. Be sure to also include details about what you all miss about the person you knew before alcohol and drugs took over. This will give the addict a greater sense of your compassion and show that you truly care for their well-being. Try to predict ways in which your loved one may react and prepare your responses for each scenario.
Run through your intervention plans with your professional interventionist to receive an unbiased and objective opinion. They can give you a better idea of what to say, how to say it, and how to effectively respond if the intervention strays from your plans.
Find a non-threatening location to hold the intervention. This space should be private, comfortable and familiar to the addict (but not at the addict’s residence).
After planning and rehearsing, it’s time to execute. Below are a few tips for carrying out the intervention:

  • Make arrangements with a treatment program in advance. If your loved one is ready to accept help, it is important to have arrangements in place before they have the opportunity to change their mind.
  • Choose a spokesperson for the group. A therapist or professional interventionist is a good choice, but either way, it is helpful to have someone facilitate the conversation.
  • Avoid negative labels (including “addict” or “alcoholic”) when speaking to your loved one.
  • Try to avoid starting sentences with “you,” “you’re” or “your.” This presents an accusatory tone and can cause the addict to become defensive.
Interventions are not easy for anyone involved, but try to stay focused on the end goal—to help your loved one obtain the help they need. Recovery is possible.

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