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Workplace interventionMany people think that it is primarily the role of immediate family to intervene when someone has a problem with drugs or alcohol.  In some cases, they feel it is a matter of responsibility.  In other cases, they want not to interfere in something that is “not their business.”  But the truth is, a workplace intervention can be just as effective as a family intervention.

Sometimes it is even more so, whether that is because the family is not present or not unified in the objective.  Sometimes that is because it is work colleagues who see some of the most obvious and problematic manifestations of the addict’s behavior.  And on occasion, it is the fact that work colleagues have less reason and desire to tolerate destructive actions that will allow them to proceed with the determination necessary to stage a successful intervention.

Staging a Workplace Intervention

A workplace intervention does have its own difficulties and unique concerns.  First of all, you are likely to be using a workspace for the intervention and it is important to make sure that it is both safe and private.  Though you hope that the employee will not act out physically (and most do not), there is some risk when an addict is confronted about illegal activities or simply feels threatened.

A professional interventionist is a worthwhile consideration. If you are a boss, you may already know how to allocate company funds for hiring such an individual.  If you are a peer, you should consider speaking with the supervisor who is most likely to be attending the intervention about how the company can contribute.  Most companies will be able to pay for an interventionist if they are interested in having the intervention at all.

Involving an Interventionist in a Workplace Intervention

The interventionist will help make sure that the proceedings are safe, as well as smooth and effective.  She can likely do a lot of the legwork for you, finding appropriate treatment facilities and making transportation arrangements. She will also coach you on how best to communicate with the addict.

In order to preserve the employee’s privacy as much as possible, make sure that schedules refer to the intervention as a “meeting.”  You should certainly allocate a full morning or afternoon to the meeting, and perhaps make sure that you don’t have any pressing conflicts for the entire day.

If you call (888) 371-5722, you can speak with an expert on intervention and treatment.  Learn about how to stage a successful workplace intervention and get started  helping your friend and colleague today.