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The Way You Do an Intervention Matters: Try These Tips to Help a Loved One

An intervention is a daunting task. Finding the right treatment center to care for a loved one with addiction can feel overwhelming. There are places that treat drug addiction and work with interventionists, but certified interventionists are all over the place and are easier to find online than ever. It is not always advisable to try and go it alone without professional support. This can lead to challenges with a loved one responding well to the intervention. 

How to Seek Help

The desired result of an intervention is to convince the person they are on a destructive path. If they don’t seek proper treatment, they might end up losing their lives. To be successful, they need guidance from someone who works with interventions. During an intervention, the loved ones usually:

  • Confront the risk and danger
  • Gather people to confront the person about behavior
  • Offer solutions

Without professionals present, it can turn into a blame and shame game. It is important to consider how the person struggling with addiction responds to the intervention. Once they are in the room, they are more open to the idea, most likely, but can shut down if they feel bombarded.

Taking it Easy

The best approach in this process is to present where they should go for treatment right there and then. A key part of the intervention is for family to set boundaries with the person. If the loved one refuses, the people staging the intervention should detail what they will do. This means not allowing them to stay at home or giving them money (or cutting ties).

Different Interventions

Though the result is the same, there are different ways to go about performing an intervention. Many people can use these as helpful guides in deciding what will work best for them:

  • Arise model: non-confrontational with an open invitation to participate. The collaborative process that makes a person aware of their actions and gives them the chance to work together for treatment
  • Johnson model: family members get together to form a plan and discuss roles. This includes assistance from a professional able to educate the family on expectations
  • Systemic family model: implemented where more than one person in a family is struggling with addiction and codependency. The family receives support and treatment. Helps rebuild the family connection but also provides the person grappling with addiction motivation to know they are loved

To Find Success

The biggest factor in contributing to the success of an intervention is planning. This means knowing what is said, who is the point person, and how to deal with the ins and outs. Planning an intervention is daunting. Finding the right treatment center for a loved one can be overwhelming. Knowing you are sending a loved one to a safe place for treatment is key. They should help deal with insurance and present all known fees upfront to let the family know what to expect. Going through treatment is a good thing for people who are struggling with addiction and need additional support.
Guest House provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.