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How to stage a successful interventionThere is quite a bit of literature on how to stage a successful intervention.  There are common elements across most interventions, but several aspects are going to be particular to your situation.  The most effective technique for you depends on factors such as your relationship to the addict, whether or not the addict has acknowledged a problem prior to the intervention, and whether you are in a crisis situation or not dealing with any immediate threat.

You may also be limited by logistical factors such as who can attend the intervention or how your family will pay for treatment options, if you can at all.  Exploring these particulars is best done with the help of an experienced interventionist, who will make sure that you do not overlook crucial elements in planning the intervention and guide you through the intervention when it takes place.

How to Stage a Successful Intervention

You can begin to consider some of the important aspects of staging a successful intervention right now.

  • Speak with an interventionist. This may be the single most important thing that you can do.  In a sense, it covers all the other necessities because the interventionist will have a list of everything you should consider and help you with a lot of the planning.  An interventionist’s expertise will save you countless hours trying to re-invent the wheel in staging an intervention and increases the chances of actually convincing the addict to accept treatment.
  • Contact the people you are certain you should include. The interventionist may work with you to flesh out the list, but there are probably a few people you know should attend.  This list should include anyone you know has been enabling the addict and anyone you know the addict really loves.  The intervention is not likely to be successful if the addict’s mind is racing the whole time to thoughts like, “Even if all these people turn against me, I can still go to [fill in the blank].”
  • Begin to prepare what you want to say to the addict and ask other attendees to do the same. Again, the interventionist may make suggestions to refine the content or the way you are saying things, but you want to be able to come to your first meeting with your thoughts clear and a list of facts that you think are important.  Most people practice what they want to say with the other attendees once or twice before the event.
  • Be committed to your course of action. If the addict does not accept treatment, you can’t compromise or bargain.

Don’t hesitate to call 888-371-5722 to begin the process of staging a successful intervention today.