If you want to help someone in your family to break a drug or alcohol habit but are confused about what steps to take, retaining the services of Smarmore’s intervention specialists may be your best option.
Our specialist will help you to plan an intervention that will hopefully bring your loved one to the realization that treatment is in order. You might try to handle an intervention without the assistance of a professional interventionist, but your emotional ties to your family member can quickly throw you off of your intervention plan and derail your efforts to help him. An interventionist can keep the process on track by guiding the family ineffective, rather than triggering, communication.
You will want to start by interviewing interventionists. Ask what approaches they take, how they work with the family, and how successful their experiences with families have been. A family intervention specialist should be able to provide an estimate of his or her fees for services.
The interventionist might charge an hourly fee or a flat rate. Be sure that you understand the total amount of fees that will be charged so there are no surprises that interfere with your loved one going to treatment.
You should also ask for two or three references, and you should talk to those references to compare their experiences. If you do ultimately retain a family interventionist, you should also consider acting as a reference for other families. In this way, you can help your own addicted family member and provide assistance for other family members who are in similar situations.
An interventionist will provide you with a timeline for setting up the intervention and being prepared to take action immediately afterwards.
There are many different styles for intervention, some of which might be more appropriate for your loved one. Planning the treatment process and making arrangements for the day of the intervention is something the interventionist will do themselves or assist you in doing.
Above all, an interventionist should provide you with realistic hope: there is a good chance your loved one will agree to go to treatment, but a real chance they are not yet ready to admit their problem with drugs and alcohol or other mental health issues.
Whatever the result, you and your family will be prepared.
Last updated and clinically assessed 2 November, 2021