Someone that you love is clearly having a difficult time with drugs or alcohol. This can be an extremely difficult event to watch. While you may lend an ear and provide them with some feedback, friendly conversations rarely do too much to end an addiction. When it is clear that simply discussing the issue with them is not enough, it becomes clear that you need to take further steps to help them find the help that they need. If you are wondering if you should or should not host an intervention, the short answer is – host one.
Yes, You Should Host an Intervention
If you have watched a loved one’s life become increasingly difficult and their quality of life diminish, it becomes necessary to host an intervention in order to convince them that they need to seek treatment to end their addiction. Below are clear and concise steps to help urge an addict to seek alcohol or opiate addiction treatment:
• Begin by involving as many people as possible. Involve everyone from concerned coworkers, to family members and friends. You may also wish to employ a professional interventionist. A professional interventionist will be able to coordinate the entire event and also help coach those who will be taking part.
• Meet and brainstorm possible locations and those who should be in attendance. Not everyone who knows the addict should necessarily be involved. Only those that will stay focused should attend the actual intervention. Any friends or family that also have a serious drinking or drug abuse problem should not attend.
• Make a comprehensive plan for their possible reactions. If they react negatively, have a plan for it. If they react favorably, be ready to check them into a treatment facility immediately. Hope for the best case scenario, however, be prepared for the worst. How will you react if they become upset and do not agree to seek help?
• Before the actual intervention, have another meeting to discuss everyone’s roles and responsibilities. Everyone should know what, if anything, they will be saying during the intervention.
• Plan for an early morning intervention, and confront the subject after they have woken up. This is typically the best time as it ensures that they will be sober.
Be Prepared, and Stay Concerned
The most important aspect of an intervention is understanding that you must overwhelmingly show your concern and compassion for the addicted individual. Let them know that you care about them and that everyone involved simply wants the best for them.