If someone you love is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you may be wrestling with a wide range of emotions, from anger and resentment to fear and heartbreak. You may feel entirely helpless.
While you cannot force anyone to get treatment if they don’t want it, you can help someone break through their denial. An intervention is designed to get someone with a drug or alcohol addiction into treatment by bringing together a group of friends and family to express their fears and concerns and share their pain.
The following outlines how to do an intervention:
- Plan ahead
Where will you hold the intervention? Who will be there? How will you get your loved one there? An intervention is not something that should be done spur of the moment. It is something that should be planned out carefully. It is also extremely important that you make arrangements for them to go into treatment ahead of time. You may only have a small window directly following the intervention that they are willing to get help. Have a bag packed and a car waiting to drive them to treatment.
- Write down what you want to say
It is important that you write down what you want to say ahead of time. During the intervention, you may be too overcome with emotion to remember what it is you wanted to convey to your loved one. Most people find that writing it in a letter format is helpful. You want to cover how their actions have hurt and affected you.
- Determine what the consequences will be if you loved one refuses treatment
You need to have a plan in place in case your loved one refuses treatment—and you need to be able to stick to your plan. Empty threats will only hurt you attempt to help.
- Get a Professional Interventionist involved
Interventions can sometimes be a volatile situation. You have to remember that you are dealing with someone who is under the influence of drugs and alcohol—they are not thinking or acting rationally. A professional interventionist can walk you through the entire intervention process and keep things safe for everyone involved.
If you are looking for a professional addictions specialists to assist you in your intervention, There is a Solution can help. We are a free service that finds treatment for men and women who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. We are there to support and guide you at each step of the way, working with you to get your loved one into treatment and finding a treatment center that is most appropriate for their needs.
Don’t wait to make the call. You can speak with someone 24/7 at There is a Solution by calling (800) 832-5250.