Intervention is defined as the conversation between an addict and the loved ones which are often supervised by the intervention specialist. It is a great way to your loved one into a rehabilitation program which can save his or her life.
If simple talking with an addict does not make him or her realize that they need to get the treatment, group intervention can be a good next step. It can also make him or her realize how the addiction is affecting not only his or her life but also the loved ones. The main goal of the intervention is to get the struggling person into addiction recovery and rehabilitation.
When to intervene for a loved one
It is hard for an addict to realize that they have an addiction and approaching them is even harder. Though you find it difficult to say anything but you have to realize that you mean well for that person. There is a chance that the addict will deny straight away about addiction making the conversation even more difficult but you have to understand that it is also a stage of an addiction.
Some sign of struggle from addiction are:
• Borrowing money
• Aggressive behavior
• Secretive behavior
• Lack of energy or motivation
• Deterioration of physical appearance
• Health issues
• Problems at school or work
• Eating disorder
Stage an intervention
You have to follow these steps to have a successful intervention
• Intervention specialist
There is a chance that you might not have conducted an intervention before and do not know how to do it. You do not have to worry about that as you can take help from the intervention specialist. He or She can help you to help in breaking the cycle of denial by an addict. An intervention specialist is an important part of the successful intervention.
Confronting an addict alone can make things worse and he or she might become stubborn about the denial.
• Form an intervention group
Once you decide to do an intervention, you have to make an intervention group. It can be next to the impossible task to change the mind of an addict alone. Whereas, it can be a lot easier for you if you have help from the friends and family of an addict. While forming a group you have to remember that the group should be compact and effective. You also have to keep in mind that in a group you should not include the person who is not liked by the addict.
• Learn and rehearse
You should learn about the addiction you are going to intervene the addict about. This can be done with the help of an intervention specialist.
When you have learned about the addiction, you have to prepare the stories that how his or her addiction has affected your life also and rehearse it. This might make you feel that you are cheating with an addict but you have to see the greater picture and practice.
• Time and place
Choosing the time and place is an important part of an intervention as a wrong place and wrong time can change the whole perspective of an intervention and you might end up as a failure. You have to keep in mind that the place you are choosing for the intervention should not be a public place or when he or she is high or stoned.
If you provide the space that an addict feel safe then there is a great chance of an addict getting open about his or her feeling about the addiction and choose to take addiction treatment program at the rehabilitation center.
• Prepare for anything
Intervention is a delicate process and you never know when it can go sideways. So it is better to keep the intervention specialist with you during the intervention. A specialist can help you to move the intervention forward in a positive way. If the addict feels hostile and gets aggressive then immediately call 911.
Next step forward
You have to set some goals if the intervention goes right or wrong and follow them accordingly. There should be some consequences if an addict is not able to keep up with the treatment like:
• Refusing to let them at the house anymore
• Taking away children custody
You have to be strong and enforce the consequences if there is a need.