Anyone who has ever known, cared for, or loved as addict is well aware of how difficult it can be to convince them to seek treatment. 9 out of 10 times, an addict will not seek treatment on their own. It often takes a perfectly executed intervention to help addicts realize that if they don’t quit using drugs or alcohol, then they will end up facing only 3 possible outcomes - jail, a mental institution, or death.
Addicts are often in pure denial over this fact, which is why staging an intervention is the best course of action to take when convincing an addict to get the help that they need before they end up in one of those 3 possible outcomes.
Luckily for the loved ones of addicts, our treatment facilities have professional interventionists that offer guidance on how to execute an intervention. There’s a high risk of the intervention going terribly wrong if the loved ones of an addict take it upon themselves to stage an intervention. This is why professional help is necessary.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a planned meeting with the family members, friends, and other loved ones of an addict intended to convince them to enter a treatment center. Despite whether the addict knows that they have a problem or not, an intervention is intended for the sole purpose of convincing them to seek treatment for their addiction. The intervention is an important way of impressing upon the overall gravity of the addict’s situation, and that if they don’t seek treatment, then there will be dire consequences.
By scheduling a pre-intervention meeting with the interventionist and loved one’s of the addict, they will be better prepared for when the actual intervention takes place. Planning is everything, especially when it comes to someone’s life. With the proper execution of an intervention, the addict will be able to see how their addiction has impacted the lives of the people that they care about most.
Staging an Intervention
When staging an intervention with a professional interventionist, it’s important to know 4 major key factors, which include:
- Who should be present – This includes family members, spouses, close friends, religious figures, teachers, children of certain ages, etc.
- Plan on what to say - Discuss specific events where the addict has affected the lives of the people that they care about
- Decide on consequences – Unless the addict seeks treatment, then there will be consequences ranging from stopping all communication, reporting their behavior to the police, withdrawing contact to the addict’s children, revoked living accommodations, etc.
- Keep a calm atmosphere – Ensure that everyone involved in the intervention does not attack the addict, as it’ll cause them to possibly erupt in anger and they will definitely neglect the opportunity to seek treatment.
If you are the loved one of an addict and wish to stage an intervention, then give us a call at (800) 429-7690 so that we can refer you to a treatment facility with the best interventionists in the country.