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Intervention guideIf you are considering an intervention to force someone you care about to face an addiction, an intervention guide will increase your chances of success.  A poorly planned or executed intervention can simply anger the addict and harm your relationship.  If that happens, you may not get another chance to have a positive influence. If handled carefully and with the benefit of expert advice, however, an intervention may be the best way to help your loved one begin the process of recovery with a better chance of success.

Things to Do Prior to an Intervention

  • Select the other participants. There is no minimum or maximum number that should attend. Rather, you should make sure that whether it’s two people or 15, each person there is affected by the addict’s behavior and willing to take the time and make the effort to educate themselves and prepare for the intervention.
  • Ask for letters from people who are important to the addict but cannot travel to attend.
  • Determine whether you are going to request that the addict opt for inpatient care, outpatient treatment or participation in a program such as AA or NA.  This may depend on the severity of the problem or how much you can afford.
  • Agree upon a treatment facility that you would like to use.  Ideally, you will bring the addict directly from the intervention to the facility, so you need to have one in mind and know how to get there.  In some cases, you will have to make a reservation or even put down a deposit.
  • Consider hiring an interventionist. You would meet with this addiction specialist a couple of times prior to the intervention and then he will be present during the intervention. You will benefit from this person’s experience and have peace of mind that you are doing all that you can.  During the intervention, the interventionist is also trained to keep the room calm and safe.
  • Select a location for the intervention. Though your home may be an option, also consider the interventionist’s office, a hotel room, a church space or any other “neutral space.” Even if you aren’t afraid of a violent outburst, it can be easier for everyone to be someplace that encourages clear thinking instead of emotions or sentiment that can interfere with what you planned to say.

When the intervention actually occurs, focus as much as possible on love and caring. Ambushing the addict with accusations and anger is counterproductive.  To get a much more detailed intervention guide, call (888) 371-5722.  You can learn more about local facilities and interventionists, as well as intervention techniques.