An intervention can be a powerful tool a family can use to encourage someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol to seek the treatment they need. However, a poorly executed intervention can actually make matters worse. Here are 5 things not to do during an intervention.
1. Don’t plan an intervention without a professional.
Television shows glamorize interventions and have put them in the spotlight. However, it is important that you don’t move forward with an intervention without contacting an experienced interventionist. A professional can help ensure that you create a safe environment and give you the best chance at a successful outcome.
2. Don’t wing it.
A successful intervention is never spontaneous. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to choose a time and a place for the intervention to take place. It is important that everyone involved plan what they want to say and agree upon the goal and consequences if the addict does not agree to get help. Also, don’t forget to plan transportation to a treatment facility and have a packed bag of personal items ready so your loved one can immediately begin drug or alcohol addiction treatment.
3. Don’t become confrontational and yell and scream.
Remember, you are confronting a problem, not a person. Many loved ones have been hurt by an addict’s behavior, and it can be tempting to lash out or to confront them about past transgressions. However, its important to resist acting on this anger or to pass judgement. Everyone participating in the intervention should and to maintain a gentle, supportive tone while communicate caring for addicted individual.
4. Do not state consequences that you are not willing to enforce.
It is easy to say you will stop loaning money, but will you really follow through? Agree on a list of consequences to actions you will implement as a family to aid the loved one. Most importantly, be sure everyone is willing and committed to follow through on consequences you have agreed upon.
5. Don’t give up after one try
Like most who are dealing with a loved one battling the disease of addiction, you probably want nothing more than to see them accept a ride to a treatment facility that can help. However, it is important to understand that one of the symptoms of addiction is denial, and many drug interventions don’t work on the first try. Don’t give up. It may take multiple attempts to get your loved one the help they need.
If you are planning an intervention for a loved one, call a professional at the 12 Keys Rehab. An experienced staff member can help you plan your intervention and increase your your chances of a successful outcome.