If a loved one (or friend) is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it may feel as though you are unable to help. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness surrounding your loved one’s struggles often evolve into difficulties communicating and relationship challenges that impact entire families. It is also possible you struggle with wanting to say something to your loved one but have no idea where to start. You are not alone in your concerns, but it is important to know, help is available.
What Is an Intervention?
For the last few years, Hollywood has offered up a televised version of the intervention process. It is easy to turn on the television and find a “reality TV” show dedicated to interventions. Unfortunately, these depictions often offer a false sense of what an intervention is and how it should be conducted.
A proper intervention is an important, sometimes life-changing event created by family and friends of someone struggling with addiction. An intervention is used to help the person realize that they have a problem, need help, and have a strong team of support.
An intervention at Concise Recovery is a carefully planned process designed to allow family members of someone struggling with addiction to take a proactive stance. According to data from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, nearly 90% of people seek help for their addiction after an intervention. For an intervention to be successful, it is important to focus on the positive to every extent possible. Blame shifting, accusations, and hurtful statements may cause your loved one to walk out of the intervention or refuse to seek help.
How to Do an Intervention for My Loved One
Although it is essential for your loved one to understand how their condition and behaviors affect their loved ones, a successful intervention can accomplish this goal in a healthy and productive way. There are various ways to ensure better opportunities for success when having an intervention for your loved one. Suggestions include:
- Choose your intervention team wisely: An intervention should be a conversation in which people who know, trust, and care for the addicted person come together in an attempt to persuade them to seek help. Those present should have a meaningful relationship with the person.
- Find the right time and place: Be sure to talk to your loved one when he or she is sober. Discussing the impacts of their addiction when they are impaired is likely to be unsuccessful. Also, it is important to hold an intervention in a neutral space to avoid your loved one retreating away from the conversation or other adverse conditions.
- Create a script: Scripts can help you and other intervention participants prepare in advance and rehearse what they want to say.
- Body language and emotional control are essential: How you communicate with your loved ones during an intervention is almost as important as what you say to them. While delivering your statements, be sure that your body language is open, warm, and welcoming. It is also important to avoid using negative confrontation or similar approaches in your conversation with your loved one. It is vital to resist the urge or temptation to blame, argue, or launch counterattacks towards any hurtful words the addicted person may use.
- Have a plan “B”: Depending on the intervention and the individual, you may not achieve success the first time around. In some cases, many conversations are needed before your loved one will consider seeking addiction treatment. If you do not see immediate results with your first attempt, do not give up.
How Concise Recovery Helps With Recovering From Addiction
At Concise Recovery, we understand how challenging it can be to watch a loved one struggle with addiction. Someone who has a substance use disorder may be in denial about the harm their addiction causes themselves and their loved ones. However, intervention and addiction treatment services at Concise Recovery may help them understand how addiction impacts their physical and mental health while often hurting those they love most. When your loved one chooses to seek treatment at Concise Recovery, we will work together with your family to ensure your loved one receives a uniquely designed addiction treatment plan that addresses their physical, psychological and spiritual health. Defeating addiction is not easy, but with the help of Concise Recovery, an opportunity to achieve sobriety is only a phone call away.