When translated, the term ‘intervention’ sounds immoral and compromising: literally, to intervene in someone else’s affairs.
Yet when a loved one refuses to accept treatment for addiction an intervention may be necessary; it should be a well-planned conversation, devoid of anger and blame, and involving several others closely connected to the addict. Convincing someone to enter an addiction treatment centre will be painful and trying, so it is important to carefully prepare.
In order to convince an addict to accept treatment for addiction it is important to surround he/she with a group (6-8 persons) of loved ones, people who truly care and want to help. This might include siblings, friends, co-workers, or religious leaders. Involving persons who have enabled the addict in the past is also a good idea; this will stress that should the addict refuse to enter an addiction treatment centre, the enabling behaviours will stop.
Designate A Leader
Because there will be a group of loved ones present, it is important to elect a leader. The leader will be responsible for beginning the intervention and seeing that all those present remain calm and well tempered.
Prepare What You Will Say
Rehearsal is essential. Each person taking part should craft a letter that he/she will then read during the intervention. The letter should focus on the care and love the concerned has for the substance abuser. Avoid any accusatory or inflammatory statements; one method is to begin sentences with “I” instead of “you,” to ensure that the addict does not feel attacked. Moreover, those involved should cite specific examples of the addict’s abuse, and how it has affected them emotionally and physically. Letters should close by stressing that the abuser seek treatment for addiction immediately.
Choose A Time And Place
The setting should be comfortable and private, and it is a good idea to pre-determine seating; where will parents, siblings, and friends sit in relation to the substance abuser.
Above all, an intervention’s goal is to lead the addict to accept that he/she needs to enter an addiction treatment centre at once. With prepping, an intervention will be fused with concern and clarity, and ensure that interposing in someone else’s affairs is a constructive act.