The Power of Intervention
When a loved one is suffering from addiction it can feel isolating on both ends, being the addict can be trifling and can cause a mental stir. Being the loved one of the addict, it can be equally as hard to see their loved one go through such situations and not know how to react or what to do. Some addicts are not even aware of their own addiction problems. Regardless of the situation this can take a huge toll on both the addict and the loved ones of the addict. This is when intervention becomes a good option.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is when one or more people gather together to interpose in an addict’s affairs and assist an addict in realizing he/she has an issue that needs to be addressed. Rather a person is addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana or even hard drugs, a carefully structured intervention is an essential tool in helping your loved one. Helping your loved one recognize that he/she has an addiction issue is the first step along a long journey to recovery and a better life.
Tips For A Good Intervention
Choose Good People
The people you decide to intervene with you can make or break the intervention. Choosing the people that care most about the struggling loved one and vice versa is a great first step. Pick the people who can keep a cool head in times of tension and who are trustworthy and not hypocritical. Once again, the quality of people in the intervention have a huge impact on its success.
Timing is Everything
Of course for the intervention to be effective the timing has to be perfect for each individual. Oftentimes Saturday or Sunday would be two ideal days due to the fact that most people are not working on weekends. Choosing a time when the addict high or impaired is not a good idea. He/she will have less chances of understanding/retaining the information communicated to him/her.
Privacy is Essential
Having an intervention in a public place, such as a restaurant, cafe or park, is not only uncomfortable but it is also distracting. There are many things going on that can pause the focus of anyone in the intervention and stop the point from getting across. Another thing is, if there are many people who are uncomfortable, tension will be more easily stirred.
A consistent rehearsal is good for everyone so that the right thing is said. In an intervention sticking to the script is key. Thus everyone who will be attending the intervention must practice and not allow anything to vary.
Don’t Give Up
Studies show that many people who were confronted about their addiction were more likely to get help and remain sober than others who were not. Many times one intervention is not enough to give the addicted person the push they need to enter in rehab but the key is persistence. Don’t give up! Continue with another intervention and confront the individual personally.
What Not To Do In an Intervention
Criticising the people you care for is no way to make progress. During an intervention instead of telling the person what he has done wrong lately, you should tell him/her how much you care and worry for the person’s well being.
Placing blame on other people for causing the situation is one easy way to cause other people to lose their cool and it also may start a fight.
Lose Your Temper
Controlling the situation is essential in any tense conversation. If you allow yourself to lose control over yourself during the intervention the whole thing can go out of the window. Keeping a calm and relaxed presence is essential to a successful intervention.