If a loved one struggles with an addiction to alcohol, helping them acknowledge their struggle and seek help can be overwhelming. Depending on your unique relationship, you may have tried to help your loved one stop using it many times over with no success. These failed attempts often lead to a continuous cycle of frustration, anger, distrust, relapse, and relationship stress. Interventions provide a safe and supported way to break this cycle and lead your loved one (or family) to a place where healing can begin.
What Is an Alcohol Intervention?
The concept of an intervention can be confusing to understand. In recent years, cable television and reality television shows have publicized the intervention process through the lens of reality television for the sake of entertainment. These shows often incorporate an hour of crying, yelling, tears, anger, and a host of other theatrically enhanced elements. This is not what an intervention is designed to be.
A proper, functional intervention is well planned. Interventions include many hours of work before the day of the intervention and before the individual struggling with addiction is ever approached by friends and family. Failing to plan and get organized before the intervention or approaching your friend or loved one about their addiction can quickly lead to intervention failure. A true intervention is not a specific point in time; instead, it is the process of helping someone struggling with addiction accept treatment and begin their journey towards sobriety and long-term health and recovery.
What to Say During an Alcohol Intervention
The goal of an alcohol intervention is to encourage your friend or loved one to seek addiction treatment. It can be challenging to know what to say and what not to say when the emotion of the intervention process takes over. Interventions should focus on the positive as much as possible. Although it is essential for the person struggling with addiction to acknowledge and understand how their condition affects their loved one’s mental and emotional health, it is crucial not to blame or accuse them of causing harm. Instead, be sure to remind them that you love them and they are valuable to you.
It is also important to resist placing blame. Instead, remain calm and rational while explaining your experiences from their addiction. Tell them why you are worried about them and how addiction can lead to negative behavior that can hurt others. It is also essential for the intervention to stay on topic and avoid hurtful statements. Allowing the intervention to digress into a hostile, finger-pointing experience may result in your friend or loved one refusing help or walking out of the intervention altogether.
Finally, don’t give up. Although interventions can go a long way in convincing someone struggling with addiction to seek help, statistics show that many conversations are often needed before someone struggling with alcohol addiction will choose to accept treatment. This does not mean multiple interventions are required; however, many discussions with family and loved ones, talks with their physician, meetings with a mental health counselor, or time for soul searching may occur before your loved one reaches out for addiction treatment help.
Reach Out to Concise Recovery Today
Many people who struggle with an alcohol use disorder are in denial about the harm their illness causes to themselves, their loved ones, and their family. An intervention is a carefully planned process that can help them understand how their actions and behaviors hurt those they love most. The longer your loved one continues to use, the more significant the physical, psychological, and spiritual impacts will be. If you want to learn more about interventions and what to say during an alcohol intervention at Concise Recovery, contact us today. Our admissions team is here to answer any questions you have about our guided intervention and addiction treatment programs.