According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 21.5 million American adults battled a substance use disorder in 2014.
It can be challenging to help a loved one through their substance use and consistent abuse. Many families opt to stage a family intervention to take a structured opportunity to reach the person addicted.
Doing so can positively allow the person to become motivated and choose to seek professional help. For more tips on how to plan and complete a successful intervention, read on.
What Is a Family Intervention?
A family intervention is a planned and constructed event with consultation from a doctor or professional counselor. It involves family and friends, and even a member of the loved one’s faith.
The intervention features these people who gather together to confront the loved one about the consequences of addiction. They typically then ask them to accept the receiving of treatment from a rehabilitation center.
Addressing the problems families have with proper communication can lead the drug user to finally recover.
The first step for any intervention is to plan. Connect with a licensed professional counselor or doctor beforehand. Doing so will allow the proper means for intervention to occur. Make sure to listen to what the professional recommends and directs, as it will be the best for your loved one.
Other planning tips include:
- Finding a calm, private venue to hold the intervention in
- Choosing the team to hold the intervention
- Deciding the proper time to speak to the loved one. It is not suggested to speak to them while they are currently high
You should be prepared to send the loved one to treatment as soon as the intervention is over. Beforehand, prepare a taxi service to bring them to the rehab center or facility.
Family interventions can and will bring out a lot of emotions. In order to fully stick behind their statements, ensure each participant rehearses independently as well as a team.
Those unable to make rehearsals or are unwilling to plan their speeches ahead should be possibly left out. To make the most impact, each facet of the intervention should be planned and processed well. Doing so could make or break the intervention reaching the loved one.
3. Keep Emotions Low
As previously stated, emotions are a large part of the family intervention. Letting the person know how their addiction affects you is difficult, especially if multiple people have to do so.
Another tip for interventions is to keep emotions calm and low. The addicted person may try to argue and shout, but reciprocating is not effective.
Many friends or family members enable the addict by giving in to their demands. Beforehand, though it may be tough, the participants should stick to their script as it is best for the addict.
4. Have a Backup Plan
Anything can happen, especially dealing with someone with a substance abuse disorder. Stay flexible during the intervention to be able to handle situations. Also, have a backup plan in case the addict decides against the team’s wishes.
A doctor or professional counselor should also be there to answer any questions and help facilitate the intervention.
5. Consequences and Follow-Up
The goal of the intervention should be decided before the intervention by those holding it. As the intervention progresses, the team should be a “unified front,” aiming to reach the goal.
The addict should know beforehand that their drug use has consequences. Should they choose to not get treatment, that is their choice. Be sure the addict understands what the consequences will be if they do not follow through and seek treatment, or ends up relapsing.
Intervention Event Help
Now is the time to act to gather people for an intervention and help the loved one in need.
There are organizations that are able to assist addicts throughout their treatment. Check out this list of resources to learn more about the different rehabilitation programs and facilities.