Staging an Intervention

If you seem to have tried everything to get your addicted loved one to go to rehab for treatment and nothing has worked, maybe it is time for you to try staging an intervention. Staging an intervention might be your last attempt at getting your loved one to see that they indeed do need professional help for their addiction. When a family member has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it affects the entire family in many ways. Is it possible that you are enabling your loved one without realizing it? There can be a very fine line between helping and enabling.

Getting Your Addicted Loved One to Accept Treatment

In many cases, those struggling with an addiction are in denial about how serious their problem really is and feel that they can handle it on their own. In reality, they may not want to face the fact that they do have a problem with drugs or alcohol that needs professional help. You also may have thought that you could help your loved one get through this with your support and love. The truth, however, is that you are not qualified to help your loved one. As much as you want it, what you are doing may only be enabling them.

If your loved one is living with you, they know they have a safe place to stay, food to eat if they want it, and yes, probably money whenever they want it. They can always come up with a good reason that they need money for something important and even though you doubt that they are telling the truth, you give in to them. For this reason, staging an intervention is your only option left for helping your loved one as well as yourself.

The First Steps in Staging an Intervention

Now that you have made this decision, the first step that you need to take is to talk with an intervention specialist. It is always preferable to enlist the help of an interventionist when staging an intervention. They can lead you in the right direction and keep the meeting on track once it starts.

Choose the individuals you want to participate in the intervention. These individuals should be those that are close to your addicted loved one such as family members, friends, and maybe co-workers. They should be people who truly care about and want the best for your loved one. The group should remain small, only those closest to the addict who can keep a level head and remain objective and not become combative.

The group needs to get together with the interventionist and rehearse what each person is going to say at the actual meeting. Each of you needs to let the addict know how their addiction has affected you personally. Be compassionate and caring as you speak to the individual. Remember that your goal is to get your loved one to enter a rehab facility for treatment.

Once you have decided who is going to attend and speak at the meeting, you need to choose where to hold the meeting. It needs to be a place, if at all possible, that your loved one is familiar with and where they feel comfortable. You don’t want your loved one to feel threatened as soon as they see or walk in a place where the meeting is going to be held. The time of the meeting must be chosen also. The time needs to be a time when you feel sure that the addict will be sober. For instance, maybe schedule the meeting for a morning before your loved one starts using their substance of choice for the day.

Staging an Intervention Which is Successful

Hopefully, your intervention will go as planned and will be a total success. The group will take turns speaking to the addict with the interventionist present and as each person speaks, your loved one will come to the realization that they do need to seek treatment for their addiction. If this is the case, the intervention specialist and you have already talked with an inpatient addiction treatment facility that is prepared to take your loved one as a client. It is best that they go straight to rehab from the meeting so they don’t have a chance to second think their situation and change their mind.

Recovery from Addiction

Your loved one can get the help that they need and deserve to recover from addiction. With your continued support, they can live a life of sobriety and productiveness. They can return to a life that is fulfilling without drugs or addiction. Staging an intervention can be just what can get your loved one to accept treatment and return to a life free of addiction.

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