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Intervention: Helping a loved one overcome addiction

Interventions: Helping a loved one overcome addiction

How to Make an Intervention Successful

Interventions are most often seen in this way: someone who is struggling with addiction unexpectedly sits down with a group of loved ones who encourage them to admit they have a problem and to seek help. Then, the addicted loved one will either want to get treatment as a result or get angry and continue to be in denial.

It is important to make sure that an intervention is successful by being empathetic and non-judgmental towards the addict to show that you care about their wellbeing.

Interventions work when each member talks about how that person’s addiction has affected them and will plead with them to find treatment as well as explain the consequences of not getting help. Interventions are normally supervised by a mental health professional or an interventionist.

What happens in an intervention

The trick to a successful intervention is to make it seem like rehab is the most obvious and easiest option to beat addiction.

While it is true that someone who is addicted is more likely to go to treatment after the invention, it does not mean that their treatment will be successful. Treatment has to be something that they are fully committed to doing with strong motivations in mind. If an addicted loved one has a strong support system and access to good treatment, there is a good chance they will get better.

In order for an intervention to be successful, it is important to make sure the timing is perfect where your loved one is not high or stressed out. It needs to be a time when they have your full attention and will not be distracted or too under the weather to listen. It is also important not to yell or shame your addicted loved one for the harmful choices they have made.

Speak in detail of how their addiction has caused harm to you whether you feel like your feelings were hurt or have caused strains in their own relationships or money problems.

Using Smarmore’s intervention service

Staging an intervention is a demonstration of love.

An intervention is a proactive step towards healing a loved one and their family. Addiction is a family illness. It touches and affects everyone that comes into contact with the alcoholic or addict. Non-medical interventions are sadly very common when friends or family confront a person’s drinking or using and ask them to stop. Often it just descends into a screaming match with no one being heard or understood.

Getting the person help
Using Smarmore Castles qualified interventionists means that the result everyone is looking for can become a more likely reality; getting the person help.

Finding a solution to the endless cycle of watching someone you love tear themselves apart is what an intervention is all about.

How to arrange an intervention

  1. Speak to Smarmore Castle on 041 214 5111.
  2. Smarmore Castle will already have a room on standby to take in the patient should the invention be successful.
  3. Agree with your interventionist who is going to attend.
  4. Agree on ‘the rules of engagement’, no blame, shouting, no bullying etc.
  5. Agree to be honest about how the person’s addiction is affecting everyone.
  6. Remember the goal is to persuade the person to get help for their addiction, not to score points or vent anger.

There are many different methods, like the ARISE intervention method and the Johnson Model.  But don’t worry our qualified interventionist will explain everything and be there with you every step of the way.

Please call 041 214 5111 to discuss costs and availability.

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Last updated and clinically assessed 2 November, 2021