How to Stage an Intervention

Staging an intervention is a very delicate situation, the best approach is a respectful heart-to-heart conversation about their addiction and how it’s impacting everyone’s life. The important thing to remember is that people suffering from addiction are often in denial about their problem. Under the guidance of a medical or addiction professional, you and a group of people close to the person suffering from addiction will get together to respectfully discuss the issue and provide instances of their negative behavior. Having multiple people list examples of their addiction in a negative light will help to open their eyes to their denial and eventually the problem as a whole. Below is a list of things to keep in mind when staging an intervention.

What to Consider When Staging an Intervention

The purpose of an intervention is to help break through the person’s phase of denial. The more people that are close to the addict, the more examples you can list of the negative impact their addiction has had on their life.

You have to be prepared with an overall strategy. Talking with a professional beforehand and coming up with goals and expectations for the person to achieve will make it a more helpful experience; it will feel more constructive and positive to have outlined goals for them to meet.

They also need consequences for not attempting to meet these goals. Have a list of consequences for each person if the addict refuses to get involved in the recovery process. Common examples of this are asking the person to move out or taking away contact with their children. Each person attending an intervention should have something to say. Everyone needs to do their part to ensure the person’s recovery.

After staging an intervention and the person agrees to meet your expectations, make sure there is a follow-up system as well. You need to devise a way to chart the person’s progress and monitor their behavior for any signs of relapse after detoxing. Depending on the severity of their addiction, they may need to seek inpatient or outpatient care with a rehab center.

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