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Staging an addiction intervention

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Staging an intervention: Help a loved one overcome addiction

If your loved one is struggling with an alcohol or drug problem, it can be very upsetting and traumatic to see.

It can also be very hard to know how to reach out to them, especially if they are in denial about their situation.

Alternatively, you may have reached out to them already without any success, and you may need to seek professional help.

Don’t suffer in silence, talk to us today on 0808 1150 446.

There are many ways to help a spouse, son, daughter or friend come to terms with their addiction. One available option is staging an intervention.

Here at the Executive Rehab Guide, we know how hard it can be, so we are always here to help.

Our addiction specialists are on-call 24/7 to provide completely confidential and impartial advice.

What is an intervention?

supporting a loved one with addiction issuesAn intervention is a meeting with a group of people – usually family, but can also include close friends, advisors and employers – who are concerned about an individual’s abuse of drugs or alcohol.

Intervention tends to happen when a person is in denial about their addiction and is unlikely or unwilling to choose to seek help.

It is a process whereby everyone conveys their feelings and worries in a way that is both sympathetic and effective.

There are many types and models of intervention, but their central aim is to help the person realise that they have an illness which is not their fault, and the best way for them to recover is to seek professional support.

Why stage an intervention?

Involving family and friends in the intervention process can be a powerful way of showing an individual that their addiction is not only affecting them but the people they love too.

Interventions can be the first step on the road to recovery because by helping a loved one accept their addiction, they will be more open to seeking help for their illness and regaining control of their life.

What happens during an intervention?

  • Each family member writes a letter to the individual to be read aloud. These letters usually express the love for the individual struggling, and worries about the effects of their addiction.
  • The letters also implore the addict to accept their illness as something which is not their fault, and something they can recover from with help.
  • The key aims of an intervention are: support, compassion, sympathy and respect. See more.
  • After an intervention, the individual can opt for further help, and consent to addiction treatment programmes such as residential rehab.

Types of Interventions

There are many types of intervention that can be conducted to help an individual accept their addiction.

With each of these options, the aim is not to overwhelm or confront the individual, but to express concerns and to help them come to terms with their illness themselves:

  • Group Intervention: A small group of family and friends coming together to express concern about the addiction of a loved one.
  • A Group acting separately: A group of people approaching the person over several weeks to express their worries, or providing the same number for support.
  • Workplace intervention: If your colleague or employee needs help then staging a workplace intervention can help. This can be performed by employers, colleagues and company doctors to whom the individual’s addiction is becoming a worry and an issue.
  • Professional intervention: Hiring a professional interventionalist to approach the individual or lead an intervention. They will help you plan and set up the intervention.

A guide to staging an intervention for your loved one:

  1. Meet with a professional interventionalist and explain the situation. These are specialists who are medically trained to deal with addictions and can help you plan and stage your intervention.
  2. Choose the people you would like to attend the intervention. Select people that your loved one respects and is very close to, and who you know can be by their side throughout the process.
  3. Decide on when and where you are going to conduct your intervention.
  4. Prepare what you are going to say, and ask all participants to do the same. You must all speak with compassion and sincerity. (Link to how to approach a loved one/son or daughter page)
  5. Do not list the problems, but express your worries in a way that shows that you love them and will support them.
  6. You will need to prepare for the possibility of anger, frustration, upset and reluctance. Even if your loved one knows the intervention is happening, they may feel ashamed, uneasy and targeted for their situation. See more on how to help a loved one.
  7. Approach the idea of residential care very carefully. Do not badger or force them. It is a daunting and scary thought. They will need some time, so be patient and empathetic to their needs, and what they have to say.

We are here to help

The Executive Rehab Guide is dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction and their families to seek the support they need and deserve.

For impartial and confidential answers to any questions you may have, call us today on 0808 1150 446.

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Last Updated on December 21, 2020 by Alison