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Things You Should Know in Staging an Addiction Intervention

Although intervention is a known activity to inform a person of an unhealthy habit or addiction they may not know that they have, many have only learned about this program through TV shows or movies.

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The problem with this is that it’s not as simple as they’ve portrayed it to be. People may have misconceptions about it and may result in misunderstanding and conflict. It’s crucial that you understand the purpose, nature, and standard process of interventions.

What is an intervention?

An intervention is a planned activity usually staged by a person’s family and friends to help a person see what they have made a habit of doing and that it has become a problem that you all have observed to be affecting the person’s well-being, and the people around him/her.

What should you do before an intervention?

The first thing you should do before staging an intervention is carefully planning it. Unlike in TV shows, interventions should not be spontaneous or treated as merely an urgent family meeting. The disadvantages of spontaneity consist of not preparing what to say which may lead to the possibility of saying hurtful words and blaming the person. Drug and alcohol interventions should be positive. It’s all about acknowledging one’s problem and emphasizing your support and that there are solutions in coping through addiction. It’s most advised to get help from an expert

What is the proper way to stage an intervention?

There are step-by-step guides you can follow in staging an intervention. Here is the most common flow:

Seek help

Whether you’re planning an intimate one with families and friends or not, you should seek advice from experts on the field. Also, support from the person’s other loved ones should be there. It is strongly advised not to do it alone.

Form and gather the group

As mentioned, this group can consist of families and friends, together with a professional interventionist or not. Remind them to prepare, and if there’s someone also experiencing alcoholism or other substance abuse, they should not be included.

Carefully make the plan

Have an outline for the intervention. The flow and everything people will say should be laid out already to avoid any errors. Also, set the time and place appropriately. It should only have the people you planned it, and of course, it should be done when the person has not yet been intoxicated by alcohol.

Be supportive and helpful

While you suggest ways on what he/she can try as treatment, you should also present them with how you can help such as accompanying them in support groups, driving them for their therapy sessions, and more. Show that everyone is willing to support the person throughout the process.

Follow up

Once they’ve started the treatment, it is crucial and essential that you check upon them. This helps them become consistent and would make them feel your total support. While it is challenging for you to help a loved one get through alcoholism, all the more that it is difficult for the person undergoing different types of treatment. If people promised to help them, they should be true to their words and act on it. If they don’t, it can cause the person to be upset and stressed. This may lead to a relapse you wouldn’t want for them.

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