Intervention Tips

Do you know someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol? Do you feel hopeless and helpless to help them? Do you feel as though nothing you say or do changes the situation?

If you don’t know how to make your loved one get the help he or she needs to stop their addiction, you may feel helpless—but you aren’t!
Interventions Create Change!

Interventions can allow families to be proactive and help create change. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, over 90 percent of people get help after an intervention, so how do you get the same results? The following 10 tips can help families design an effective intervention with the best chance of reaching a person with an addiction:

2) Choose A Good Team

A good intervention is a conversation in which people who know, love and trust the person with an addiction, come together to persuade that person to get help. The people who participate in an intervention should be chosen with care. This ensures that those who have a meaningful relationship with the person with an addiction are present. People who don’t have a good relationship with the person are asked to stay away. This is not a good time or place to try and fix relationships or make a personal situation public.

An intervention is a motivating and supportive talk. Only people who will help and encourage should be invited to attend.

You can hire an interventionist if you like. A professional interventionist can help you put together the best team, put together the best plan and have the best chance at success. After a successful intervention you can begin to engage the whole family in recovery. As Social Work in Recovery explains, the entire family needs to participate to address the causes of addiction and develop a long-term plan.

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