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Planning for a Bad InterventionPeople do not consciously plan for bad interventions, but an intervention is a serious meeting that requires careful thought if it is to succeed. A successful intervention will lead an addict to seek rehab, whereas a failed meeting can lead to more discord, frustration and feelings of helplessness.

How to Hold an Intervention

Your best chance at a successful intervention is to seek the help of a professional. You would never think to fill a cavity in your own tooth, so conversely you should approach an interventionist with the same attitude regarding addiction. If you do this, you are wisely seeking the help of a person who knows what he is doing. An interventionist has experience in situations you could never imagine; he understands the confrontation and problems that arise during an intervention. More importantly, he knows how to minimize the obstacles and how to facilitate a successful intervention.

The greatest attribute that an interventionist brings to the table is the ability to be unemotional. Interventionists have no baggage, guilt from unresolved issues or weakness to being manipulated, so they are perfect mediators for these conversations.

Components of a Bad Intervention

When a group of people hold an intervention without professional help, they often experience obstacles they never anticipated, which can ruin an intervention. Issues that often interfere with a successful intervention include the following examples:

  • Lack of focus – When entering an intervention, your goal is to get your loved one into addiction treatment. However, as the meeting gets emotional or sidetracked, you may find that your focus shifts to a defensive rather than helpful posture. When you feel defensive, you are more likely to succumb to manipulation and negotiation, thereby losing your focus and failing to intervene.
  • Lack of commitment – Every person on the intervention team must completely commit to the ultimatum that your loved one gets treatment or suffers the consequences. The team has to agree on the consequences and abide by them, or else you are heading for failure. The addict is going to look for someone in the group to take her side, and if that happens, you have weakened your position to the point of failure.
  • Lack of planning the next steps – If you succeed with your intervention, the next thing to do is transport your loved one to an addiction treatment facility. This means you must research facilities, complete admission paperwork, know that a room is available, pack your loved one’s bag and designate a driver to take the addict to treatment. If you give your loved one any latitude to postpone treatment, you have failed.

By using the services of an interventionist, you can avoid these obstacles.

Get Help with Interventions

Holding an intervention is an effective strategy for many addicts, but planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy. That is where we come in; please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about interventions and can help you reach your addicted loved one.