When to Plan an Intervention

Have you ever wondered how to stage an intervention? A&E’s hit T.V. show “Intervention” has featured nearly 200 interventions with addicts and alcoholics nationwide. The show instills both hope and fear, sometimes in the same episode, and might make you question whether it is time to stage one for your own loved one. However, it is difficult to know when it is the proper time to share your concerns with them.
Family Staging Intervention

Intervening in an addict’s life and voicing your concerns with them may be the only way of stopping what seems like an unstoppable force. Drug addiction and alcoholism destroy not only the life of the addict or alcoholic, but the lives of those around them. Even when someone is a closet drinker or a functioning addict, the differences in demeanor and appearance are clear to those who love them most.

How do you know when it’s time to intervene, and how do you stage an intervention? Here are some tips on when and how you can intervene.

How to Stage an Intervention

When a loved one’s drinking or drug abuse has reached a point of crisis that seems unmanageable or unbearable, an intervention may be your only option. Follow these general guidelines to make it happen.

  1. Wait for the right time.

How will you know when is the right time to intervene? Look for the following signs in your loved one:

  • Drastic change in demeanor
  • Skipping school or work
  • Neglecting self-care
  • Missing social or family functions
  • Sudden unexplained disappearances
  • Difference in appearance

When these changes are negatively impacting their life, it is time to stage an intervention.

  1. Decide who you want involved in the intervention.

Is this intervention going to involve only family? Consider whether you want to include close friends or coworkers. Determine who needs to be there, and don’t go overboard. Smaller groups of people will be less overwhelming. Fewer people will place less pressure on your loved one and allow them to focus on what you’re saying instead of how many people are there.

  1. Seek the help of a professional.

It is important to involve a professional in the field of addiction as they can serve as a mediator between the addict or alcoholic and those who are concerned about them. Interventions can quickly escalate into conflict, so having a neutral party present is beneficial and will help keep things moving in the right direction.

  1. Be prepared for the outcome.

Sometimes the addict or alcoholic will not want to accept help because they are not ready. You have to be prepared for this possibility. You can’t force anyone to get sober. They will not stay sober if they do it for anyone else but themselves. Not every intervention has a happy ending, so ensure that you are ready for whatever the outcome may be.

Posted on February 15th, 2017

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