You know it’s time. Learn how to help your loved ones.
There was once a day where you could talk and a loved one would listen. Since they’ve become addicted to drugs or alcohol, though, that is no longer the case. Now, it seems like no matter what you or other family members or friends say, it doesn’t get through.
This is hardly anyone’s fault. Drug or alcohol addiction can cloud a person’s judgment and change their focus, where all they want to do is find their next high and then enjoy it. They get a type of tunnel vision, where everything else besides the addiction fades into the background.
That’s why many concerned family and friends decide to consider doing drug intervention or alcohol intervention. They might even decide to work with the guidance of a professional who can orchestrate the intervention.
Those who are interested in having their own intervention should know how to plan for one so it goes as successfully as possible.
- Set up the Time and Place
The first step of a successful drug intervention or alcohol intervention requires choosing the time and place in which the intervention will take place. This could be at someone’s home, but it should not be done in a public place. That could scare the addict away once they realize it’s an intervention.
- Select Which Friends or Family Will Attend
It’s important to keep the number of attendees rather limited. If an addict walks into a room and 20 people are there, it can be overwhelming for them. Instead, keep it to key friends and family members who are most concerned for the well-being of the addict. This may include the addict’s mother, father, siblings, spouse or significant other, and a best friend or two.
- Plan What Will Be Said
Create a loose itinerary for the intervention and try to stick to it as closely as possible. This will keep the conversation flowing in the right direction. Every family member and friend should get to speak their piece, letting the addict know how the addiction has changed their relationship and induced stress and grief into their life. This is also the time to encourage the addict to try rehab.
- Keep Emotions Under Control
Interventions are very emotional affairs. There’s no denying that. Now that a friend or family member knows the addict is finally in front of them and listening, they may pour their heart out. Emotions can start running high very quickly. Yes, most of the time these emotions are sadness and concern, but sometimes it’s also anger and blame.
Remember, intense emotions, especially negative ones like anger and blame, can scare the addict and detract from the plan of encouraging them to enroll in drug or alcohol rehab. Try to keep emotions as under control as possible. This can be difficult, so do your best.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Contact a Professional
Those who are concerned the intervention may devolve into an emotional argument or blame game should consider hiring a professional interventionist. This interventionist will listen to key friends and family about the goals for the intervention.
Then, the interventionist will plan how the intervention will go. They will be an instrumental yet quiet presence as friends or family express themselves. If things begin to go off the rails, this interventionist can make sure the conversation gets back on track.
At Elevate Addiction Services in the Bay Area, our interventionists can guide your loved ones in planning an intervention for an addict. Elevate Addiction Services is a non-12-step facility. With holistic care that focuses on renewing the body, mind, and soul with nutrition and exercise, various therapy components, and more, sobriety is possible here. Call us today to get started.