When someone important to you suffers from a drug or alcohol use disorder, it can put you into a tough spot and keep you from helping them through it. In the U.S. there were over 67,000 overdose deaths in 2018 alone. Don’t let your loved one become another statistic. If someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you have watched as it has destroyed their life and put a strain on your relationship with them. Sometimes, the hardest thing to do for an addict is to confront them with an intervention about their substance abuse, but it is worth it to do so.
An intervention gathers friends and loved ones—often with an interventionist–-to express their concerns for a substance abuser, and to persuade that person to get help for their addiction. Addicts often avoid getting the treatment they need.
Before staging an intervention, it’s important to do a pre-interview with the specialist. If you don’t have an interventionist, a family member or friend can act as the moderator.
One of the vital components of a successful intervention is ensuring that the atmosphere is loving and supportive. A combative environment can short-circuit the entire process and make it less likely for the substance abuser to attend treatment in the future.
The disease of addiction is fueled by neglect and shame, so triggering those feelings within your loved one suffering addiction at an intervention can also have disastrous results. It’s important to always keep in mind that a drug or alcohol addict is suffering from a clinical disease – the disease of addiction. The process of addiction literally diminishes the ability of an abuser to control their cravings and therefore needs outside help.
The primary goal of the intervention is simple: to get the addict into treatment. If the substance abuser is persuaded into enrolling in rehab, the intervention was a success.
It’s important to choose the most effective team for persuading the addict to get help. Don’t invite any “Uncle Paulie’s” (or someone who is problematic). The list should include family members and friends who are most influential to the recovering addict. Often this includes their parents, spouses, siblings, and close friends.
Timing is an important factor in staging an intervention. Waiting too long could have severe repercussions as the addict may use again and cause harm to themselves or others. Making sure that the intervention is held when the person is sober is one of the most important, albeit, obvious things. Also, trying to schedule an intervention after an incident may be good as well since the person might be more receptive to getting help.
The location is also an important consideration. You may think a good place would be in someone’s home, but often that can have negative memories for the substance abuser. Sometimes a more formal setting is best, such as a conference room or office room.
Rehearsing the intervention is also a helpful tip. Going over what each participant will say in advance, and then discussing it among the group can be a rewarding experience in preparation for the intervention.
The best time to hold an intervention is right now! This is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal in helping a substance abuser overcome their addiction. If you’re concerned with the backlash of inviting an addict to their own intervention, make sure it’s clear the meeting will be non-judgmental and from a place of love and compassion.
The short-term unease associated with putting a loved one on the spot is worth the long-term happiness they will experience with sobriety and getting their life back on track. If you have questions about staging an intervention in Arizona, our trained experts are standing by to help your loved ones get the treatment they need! Call us now at (623) 335-0909!