An intervention is a carefully planned process organised by friends and family members, or a professional such as a licensed alcohol and drug counsellor or interventionist. It is designed to encourage a friend or family member struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, to seek help.
Addiction interventions can be overwhelming, emotional and some may even get heated. It’s important that this subject is broached in the right way to avoid isolating the person you are trying to help.
The best outcome you can hope for from an intervention is that the person agrees to addiction treatment. However, you must also prepare for the fact that the person struggling could still be in denial, which may result in them lashing out or becoming angry.
By being empathetic and non-judgmental towards your loved one, you can improve your chances of the intervention being successful. It is an opportunity to let your friend or family member know that you care about them and are deeply concerned about their well-being.
Why do people choose an intervention?
Many people suffering from alcoholism and drug dependence are in denial about the reality of their problem. Loved ones struggle to watch the person they care about to continue down such a destructive path. Very often they feel as though staging an intervention is their only hope.
There are many types of intervention styles. Some people choose to bring in a qualified interventionist to lead the intervention. Others opt to keep it between family and friends.
The benefits of staging an intervention
It is carefully planned
An addiction intervention can be carefully planned, which means there is less chance of family members feeling unprepared. A poorly planned intervention can derail the process completely. Family and friends can discuss what they want to say beforehand and prepare themselves for any potential pushback.
Organising an intervention group can help ease any feelings of stress and anxiety. The more familiar faces present may increase the chances of motivating a loved one to seek treatment.
It’s a chance for loved ones to express their feelings
Family members may find it beneficial to openly share their feelings about their loved one’s addiction. Addiction is a lonely place for the person suffering, but it can also be difficult for those around them who don’t know what to do for the best.
They can go straight to treatment
If you’re staging an intervention using an intervention specialist, then treatment can be pre-arranged. This allows the person struggling to go straight to a treatment facility and begin their addiction recovery before they have the opportunity to change their mind.
You can set boundaries
Very often, families feel as though intervention is their last hope. They use this as an opportunity to let their loved one know that they are no longer able to put up with their alcohol or substance abuse. Setting boundaries in this way can let the person know that the situation is serious and may force them to consider attending a treatment facility.
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Last updated & clinically assessed 10 January, 2022