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What to Do on the Day of an InterventionInterventions have to be planned to provide the best outcome possible. This takes a great deal of effort from both the family and interventionist, and it requires a full-fledged commitment from both parties to help their loved one get help. There are many steps that need to be taken before the day of the intervention, as these actions will help set up a productive meeting.

How to Conduct an Intervention

Before you hold an intervention, take the following steps to prepare:

  • Gather friends, family and an interventionist. Get those who were most affected by the addiction to meet with an interventionist. The interventionist will explain the goal and guide the group through the intervention process.
  • Devise a set of bottom lines. A major part of any intervention is to provide a rock bottom to encourage an addict to seek treatment. These bottom lines serve as boundaries, and can include cutting off financial support, removing shelter or food and even ceasing contact with the user.
  • Keep a log of damage. Make note of what pain and/or loss the user has caused to yourself as well as others.
  • Make all members of the intervention aware of the goals. Keep any personal issues at bay, and redirect the main focus to a user’s sobriety. Ensure that each one of you stands your ground regardless of the outcome and provide the rock bottom.

Once you have rehearsed and planned the intervention, it is time to conduct it. This can be very nerve-wracking, as the group does not know what to expect in terms of the user’s actions, behaviors or if she will accept treatment. Follow the following steps to encourage a productive meeting:

  • Meet with your interventionist. Get all participants together with the interventionist and rehearse what you have practiced, written and hope to accomplish. Voice your concerns to talk them through and clear your mind before the meeting.
  • Invite the user to a place where he will go, and have all members of the intervention there, including the interventionist.
  • Explain to the user your feelings of loss and pain, and how her use has played a major part in those emotions.
  • Have yourself and the group read aloud your bottom lines to the user. Do not be afraid of what he will say or do, as this is the hardest part of the intervention. Remind yourself that this is the last shot you have to help your loved one.
  • Refer to the interventionist to mediate and conduct the intervention. Having a voice separate from the family can greatly relieve stress.
  • Whether your loved one accepts treatment or not, either show praise or immediately enforce your bottom lines. Do not waiver on your decisions either way, as it will provide an unstable environment and make the user think that you are untrustworthy.

Interventions can be very difficult, and are emotionally exhausting. The key to a successful intervention lies in the planning and the execution; with the support of others (including your interventionist), guiding your loved one towards treatment can be possible.

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