Preparing an Intervention for a Loved One

Writing intervention letter

If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction and resists admitting that there is a problem, it may be time for you and other loved ones to prepare an intervention to help them realize that they do indeed need help. Having a loved one who is in denial about their addiction can be very hard for the family as well as the addict. An intervention can help you to discuss ways in which their addiction is affecting family members and other loved ones as well as permanently affecting their health and well-being.

Seek Help from an Intervention Specialist

If you don’t know how to start preparing an intervention, you can request the help of an intervention specialist. Intervention specialists are well educated on addiction and how it affects families as well as the person with the dependence. They can provide you with information about the best way to approach your loved one to discuss options for treatment and consequences if they choose not to seek treatment. The intervention specialist should help you understand what will happen when your loved one enters a drug rehabilitation facility should they decide to do so.

The intervention specialist should be able to answer any questions you have about conducting the intervention, what help they will be able to provide before, during, and after the meeting. Most intervention specialists attend the meeting with your loved one to help keep it on track and help should tempers flare or other issues arise. Once the session is complete, if your loved one agrees to go to rehab, the specialist will escort them to the facility for enrollment. Enrolling them in a facility is a step you do not want to wait on because the loved one could change their mind if given time to wait for enrollment until a later date. An addiction treatment facility should be ready to accept them as a new patient.

Hold a Planning Meeting for all Participants to Prepare

After deciding who will participate in the intervention, you need to hold a planning meeting. The intervention should only involve a few participants, those who are closest to the addict. Too many people could overwhelm your loved one from the beginning. You need to choose a place for the meeting. The meeting should be somewhere private and quiet where the person will feel comfortable and not threatened.

Everyone needs to prepare what they are going to say. You need to write this down; you can do this in the form of a letter to read to the loved one or simply prepare notes. Make sure that you do not appear angry or judgmental. Let them know that you are concerned for their well-being and that this is because you love and care for them.

Know that you have to issue ultimatums and be willing to follow up with them. You have to be prepared in case your loved one attends the intervention and still chooses not to seek help for their addiction. Should this happen, you need to be ready to carry out whatever consequences you will give your loved one in a case like this. You have to make them understand that you can no longer continue enabling them in their addiction and that you do not condone their actions and activities. You cannot make idle threats and give them consequences that you do not intend to carry out. Doing so will only be defeating the purpose of the entire intervention.

Ready to Conduct the Intervention

Once you have made all of these preparations, you are ready to conduct your intervention. Do not go into the meeting tense and anxious. Try to remain calm and calmly talk to your loved one, but at the same time be firm and let them know that you are serious about them getting help for their addiction. Have your intervention specialist on hand to make sure the meeting goes as planned and hopefully, the specialist will escort your loved one to a rehabilitation center to get them on the path to recovery from addiction.

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