Last Edited:

09/09/2022

Four Tips For A Successful Intervention

Addiction is a harmful and debilitating disease that affects millions of people in the United States each year. If left unchecked, it can ruin someone’s life, and have a serious impact on the wellness of those around them. Those who have a personal connection to someone struggling with addiction know how hard it is to see someone they care about lose control of their life. It is normal to feel worried, helpless, afraid, and even angry when a close friend or loved one is struggling with addiction. Sometimes no matter how much help or concern is extended towards that close friend or loved one, nothing will get through to them. It can feel like all that is left is to stand idly by as someone so near and dear to them slowly kills themselves through unchecked substance use and addiction. When all seems to be lost, the best option for friends and family of someone struggling with addiction is to stage an intervention.   An intervention is an organized attempt to confront someone with an addiction about how their drinking, drug use, or addiction-related behavior has affected everyone around them, not just themselves. This is an extremely emotionally volatile situation for the addict, and in some cases friends and family may only have one chance to get an intervention right. Here at Sunshine Behavioral Health, we understand the importance and effectiveness a successful intervention can have, which is why we curated these four tips to help you stage a successful intervention.  

One: Research Beforehand

One of the most important steps in planning a successful intervention is ensuring that everyone does their research beforehand. Do some research on addiction, its causes, its symptoms, everything. Try and understand to the best of one’s ability what the person who is suffering is going through. It is also important to plan the location, a date and time, as well as those who will be in attendance. While having a bunch of friends and family around at once may seem like a good idea, having too many people at the intervention can be incredibly overwhelming.  

Two: Prepare Messaging

Interventions can be really stressful for everyone involved. Creating a script beforehand can help ensure everyone stays on track and all the important information is delivered. While speaking from the heart may seem like a good idea, it can lead to unclear messaging and ultimately get in the way of achieving a successful outcome.  

Three: Hire A Professional Interventionist

For those who are struggling with the planning and execution of an intervention, hiring a professional interventionist is a great idea. They are professionals and are skilled at creating ideal environments for all participants involved. This can relieve a large amount of stress and pressure on the friends and family who are planning the intervention, allowing them to focus on their personal contributions and keeping their emotions in check.  

Four: Be Prepared To Fail and Try Again

No one can predict how someone will react to an intervention. Emotions run hot and sometimes the person suffering from addiction can feel angry and attacked. They may feel overwhelmed and simply decide to walk out and not participate in the intervention. It is important that if this is the case, no one tries to physically stop them as it could lead to further altercations. If an intervention doesn’t work out the first time around, do not feel discouraged. Work with your intervention team and create a new plan. Sometimes the person suffering from addiction just needs a little more time to process, and may be open to it next time around.   It is important when planning an intervention that you have a rehabilitation clinic in mind for treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are looking for top-of-the-line care at an affordable price point, look no further than Sunshine Behavioral Health. Visit our website today to learn more about our different rehab treatment options today!   Sources: https://unsplash.com/photos/e92L8PwcHD4 

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Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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