Have you tried talking to someone with a drug and or alcohol problem and gotten nowhere?
An intervention is a well-orchestrated, group encounter done in a calm and caring fashion. It is a proven process that has helped thousands of families and friends break the “Barrier of Denial” surrounding a person who is concealing or denying their drug or alcohol abuse.
An intervention is the best way to help someone see the impact their drug or alcohol use is having on themselves and the people around them.
About An Intervention
An intervention can prevent someone from suffering the inevitable consequences of their behaviors, by confronting the person with the realities of the situation, in a loving way. By planning and doing an intervention, you can break through and get them the help they so desperately need, if it is handled in a loving, non-confrontational fashion. Denial is a good term to describe the state of mind the person abusing drugs and or alcohol. They deny to themselves and the other people in their lives they have a problem. Interventions are designed to break the barrier of denial. An intervention is a proven process that has helped thousands of families and friends break the “Barrier of Denial” surrounding a person who is concealing or denying their drug or alcohol abuse.
The Family’s Role
Family and friends are a treasure, a lifeline, a valuable source of support during good times and bad. When a family member or loved one abuses alcohol or drugs, however, it often creates a significant, negative effect on the people around them. Consequently, those closest to them are sometimes torn about when to raise the subject of seeking professional treatment. Unfortunately for some, this valuable knowledge does not make the decision to speak up about seeking treatment any easier. Approaches will always differ from person to person, situation to situation. The road to recovery, for some, is long and arduous. Knowing when to speak to a family member or loved one about treatment for drug or alcohol abuse may be the first step in the journey.
By doing an intervention, you break “the barrier of denial”, and offer the affected person the opportunity to get the help they so desperately need.
A professionally handled Intervention is, by far, the most effective way of successfully conducting an intervention.
How do you help a family member, friend or colleague who has a drug and or alcohol abuse problem but refuses to admit they have a problem or refuses to get help?
Does a family member or close friend have a drinking or drug abuse problem?
The answer is something called an intervention. The term intervention is also known as family intervention, crisis intervention or drug intervention. An intervention is a very well-planned meeting between the afflicted person and a small group of concerned friends and family.
How They Work
- Consider hiring a professional interventionist
This is the best, ideal method. Professionals know exactly what to do and how to do it. If you can’t afford to hire a professional, many have been done successfully without them.
- Round up a small but very dedicated group of family members and/or close friends
The “quality” of participants is more important than quantity. Five or less is ideally the right number of people to participate. Make sure they understand their role.
- Make the necessary arrangements for having the person admitted to the chosen treatment program
It is absolutely mandatory to have a treatment center prepared to admit the person immediately after the intervention.
- Plan the place and time to do the intervention
The person with the drug or alcohol problem cannot know about it. It is like a “surprise” party for them. The people participating have to arrive before hand.
- Discuss and then script what each participating person will say during the intervention
Each person should have a good idea what they are going to say as you go around the room.
- Outline what consequences will be leveled against the concerned person should they refuse to agree to go to rehab
The “consequences” are the key. If the person still refuses to go to rehab, then there has to be consequences. A spouse must be willing to say they are going to divorce their spouse unless they agree to get help. Other consequences can include friends and family saying they will have nothing to do with the person unless they go to rehab today.