The decision to get help for substance abuse does not happen easily. Even when you know that you are headed toward rock bottom, you are still trapped in the cycle of denial and repression. Some people convince themselves that they’re too far gone because past attempts to sober up didn’t work. Others lie to themselves and say their addiction isn’t as bad as everyone thinks, and rehab is too extreme.
Loved ones who reach their breaking point must decide what they’re going to do; before cutting ties or losing hope, staging an intervention is the best way to reach out and lay down an ultimatum.
For some, drug interventions take place early in an addiction, but for others, it is the last line of help loved ones can extend. Although you ultimately can’t force anyone to go to rehab, interventions can be designed to increase their likelihood of convincing your loved one that it’s time to make a change. This guide will teach you how to have an intervention that is focused, productive, and rooted in love and compassion.
What Is an Intervention?
You’ve likely tried many times to talk to your loved one about their drug or alcohol abuse. Despite your best attempts, this often never goes according to plan. A rushed intervention can feel more like an ambush, pushing your loved one further away and causing them to flee instead of confronting the reality of their problem.
Interventions are formal gatherings of loved ones who share their experiences, help their loved one realize the effects of addiction on their life, and offer them the chance to get help immediately.
How to Find an Interventionist
Interventions are strategic, and they’re best done with the help of a professional. Interventionists are trained to help family members guide their loved ones to rehab. They help keep the conversation on track and ensure it comes from a place of love and support rather than anger and pain. Despite the widespread emotions people experience watching a loved one struggle with an addiction, it’s crucial to keep the intervention focused on helping rather than blaming.
You can find an intervention by researching different types of drug and alcohol treatment centers. A dual diagnosis luxury rehab can help people overcome not only substance but a wide variety of co-occurring mental disorders that impact the cycle of addiction.
It’s our passion to help families transform their lives and heal from substance abuse one step at a time. We leave no stone unturned, which is why our addiction recovery services start at intervention and progressively move through medial detox, treatment, and aftercare.
Interventionists like the ones you’ll find at Defining Wellness know how to talk about addiction in a way that makes sense to someone with a problem. Far too often, family and friends only speak from their pain. However valid, it does not ultimately help the person struggling to realize the extent of their problems. Faced with the anguish of knowing they’ve hurt the people they love the most, they are likely to withdraw even more and numb their pain through the same destructive habits that have gotten them where they are today.
Look for rehabs that offer intervention services and reach out. The first time you connect, they’ll ask about your loved one, talk about their problem, and begin to help devise a strategy to help. You’ll be able to get answers to all the common questions like, “What is an intervention?” and more detailed information about the addiction recovery process.
Creating an Intervention Plan
When you’re researching how to have an intervention, there are several core elements that you can’t overlook.
- Participants (family members, close friends, coworkers, etc.).
- The location.
- Treatment options.
- Aftercare arrangements.
The intervention team should be people who the individual trusts and loves. Spouses, parents, children, and close friends are the best choice. The interventionist will help build the team and decide who should be present during the intervention meeting.
When choosing an intervention location, it’s best to keep things close to home and as comfortable as possible. Privacy and respect are important, which means you should avoid any public locations. Although you may think a public setting is better because your loved one is less likely to react harshly, this is a deeply personal experience that should only be held in the presence of people who genuinely care for a person’s well-being.
It’s best to avoid any places that hold a negative association for the person with the problem. Some family members’ homes might trigger them, and they may downright refuse to go if they feel uncomfortable being there. Consider your loved one’s habits and a place they are likely to attend freely and somewhere they will feel safe.
Who Should be Involved in an Intervention
The interventionist will help decide the best members of your loved one’s intervention team. Generally, anyone who has a close relationship with the person is a good call. No one with a substance abuse problem should be present, regardless of how well they know the individual. Some family members may not even be able to face their loved one at this time, but they can still write intervention letters.
The interventionist will help structure the process and ensure everyone has time to speak without overwhelming the recipient of the intervention.
What Happens During an Intervention?
The intervention will start off with an introduction from the interventionist. They will inform your loved one why they are there and what they intend to help them do today. After each member shares their personal statement and feelings, the interventionist will discuss treatment and the consequences should your loved one decline.
If your loved one refuses to accept help, that is their choice, but there must be repercussions. For many families, this means cutting off any form of support and ending contact with the person until they are willing to address their problem. The loved one may decide to accept the consequences and go to treatment a few days afterward; what matters most is that every participant remains committed to enforcing the boundaries and consequences to guide the loved one toward rehab.
If your loved one decides to accept the help being offered to them, then the interventionist will transfer them to the rehab. It’s important to have a plan already arranged as people who are willing to get treatment may become afraid and change their minds quickly after. With the proper plan, your loved one will be able to start their recovery immediately. Although the choice has to be theirs, help should be as accessible and well-defined as possible.
We pride ourselves on shaping every person’s recovery to suit their needs and preferences. We aim to help them heal from the past while living more in the present and planning for the future. From traditional 12-step addiction treatment to trauma therapy, Defining Wellness makes it possible for anyone to receive the type of care they need.
Contact us today to learn more about how to have an intervention and our treatment programs.