When a loved one struggles with addiction, they may be blind to the effects of their actions. Families and friends often take it upon themselves to get that person to realize they have a serious problem sometimes through family therapy. In some cases, staging an intervention may be the right choice to get a loved one into treatment.
At Arkview Recovery, our team of addiction specialists believes that you should be aware of the potential outcomes of staging an intervention. While things always seem to go well on TV and in the movies, you may not have such a positive result without proper preparation. However, if the intervention goes well, your loved one can enroll in one of our addiction treatment programs, including our alcohol abuse treatment program, and get the help that they need and deserve.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention shouldn’t be something you spring on your loved one. When you are staging an intervention, it requires careful planning to ensure that the situation doesn’t devolve into chaos. Taking your time to arrange an intervention gives everyone a chance to gather their thoughts.
Other ideas to keep in mind when staging an intervention include:
- Think about where you want the event to occur and the order in which everyone should speak. That keeps things moving and keeps people from hurling accusations or making harmful statements. You don’t want things to get to a point where the person who is the focus of the intervention shuts down to anything you say.
- Try to keep the atmosphere positive. While addiction is a serious subject, you don’t want it to turn into a blame session. Look for ways of effectively communicating the negative fallout your loved one’s actions causes for those who care about them.
- If you think you need help, reach out to a recovery center like Arkview Recovery. The addiction specialists on staff can offer you advice and support in planning the intervention. Their guidance can ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.
How Does an Intervention Work?
Perhaps the best way to begin planning an intervention is by talking with a doctor or other professional with experience staging interventions. You may also want to talk to other family and friends to get their input. As you get closer to the event, start pulling together a core intervention team responsible for managing the event.
Pick a day and time for staging the intervention. Think about who you want to attend and how their presence might affect your loved one. You should start researching rehab centers to present as options at the intervention.
Have everyone write out impact statements that outline how they’ve been affected by a family member’s addiction. Hearing the words out loud may be enough to get through to your family member and encourage them to seem treatment.
Be prepared to make your loved one aware that you are there to support them. However, you need to establish boundaries to protect yourself. Let your family member know that things can’t continue in the current direction. If they don’t get help, your loved one will have to face the reality of how that will impact various relationships in the future.
It wouldn’t hurt to practice a run-through of the intervention session. You should also temper your expectations about how your loved one will react. Even with a well-run intervention, your loved one may still decide they don’t want to get help. If things don’t go the way you intend, follow through with the commitments you made during the intervention.
How Can I Help My Intervention Go Well?
You can help facilitate more effective communication during the intervention by avoiding labels like “junkie” or “alcoholic.” Keep the intervention group to a core group of people. Having too many people there can make the person feel overwhelmed. Try to keep your personal feelings in check to avoid having your emotions derail the event.
Get Support from Our Team Before Staging an Intervention
If you are considering staging an intervention for a loved one struggling with addiction, our Arkview Recovery team can help. We have the resources and expertise to help your intervention go as smoothly as possible. Reach out to our team today for more information by calling 717.744.0756 or completing our secure online form.