It can be challenging to seek treatment for a loved one who is struggling with addiction. Often, people who have a substance use disorder (SUD) have a hard time acknowledging it. Although a direct heart-to-heart can begin the road to recovery, a formal intervention can help take action.
Miramar Recovery is here to help your loved ones who struggle to seek treatment. Our professional interventionists work with individuals to achieve a successful outcome and encourage people to seek addiction treatment.
An intervention is a structured, solution-oriented process aimed at persuading someone who is abusing alcohol or drugs to receive the treatment that they need. Ideally, family and friends are involved throughout this process, which is orchestrated by a professional interventionist. Confronting the addict provides a catalyst for treatment and healing for everyone affected by substance abuse. The goal is to help the person acknowledge they are struggling and get into an addiction treatment program.
Family members often interact with the addicted person on a regular basis. They are familiar with the damaging effects of the addiction and are usually the first to contact an interventionist. A family intervention can either be held at home or a neutral location such as an office space, church, or healthcare center. Deciding where the best location to hold the meeting can be discussed with the interventionist.
The reason for the meeting should be clear to the addicted person. It should be addressed that all participating members love and support them, and want them to seek help.
In most cases, the family prepares by writing down the destructive behaviors of the addicted person and how it has personally affected them. These letters can be revised by the interventionist and participating members to receive any feedback before sharing begins. Detailed consequences should be included in case the person does not want to accept help.
Frequently, addicted people have a hard time maintaining their jobs. Addiction tends to take over a person’s normal responsibilities and becomes an overall priority. A workplace intervention can occur when coworkers and bosses notice recurring addiction issues in the work setting. It becomes a point where their colleagues are unable to ignore their addiction and choose to confront them.
Some addiction behaviors include:
In this setting, only those who are closely involved with the addict should be included. For example, involving acquaintances can sometimes do more harm than good.
Also, it is not uncommon for a workplace intervention to take an entire day. Therefore, the location should be held in privacy, such as a conference room.
When preparing an intervention for a loved one, some important steps can help direct the process. These steps include:
Step 1: Get help. This step may involve contacting family, friends, a doctor, interventionist, or treatment centers. It is best to not go through this process alone and to gain support along the way.
Step 2: Form the team. After consulting with a professional, a family member or friend will propose an intervention. They begin to plan who will be part of the group and set a date. The individual should not know that this is planned until they arrive at the meeting.
Step 3: Make a plan. The plan should include a specific date, time, and location for the event. There should also be a list of who is attending. It is good to have an outline of what the group members are planning to say. The plan is the overall guide to how the meeting will run.
Step 4: Gather information. Get educated on how addiction, rehab and the recovery process works. Research addiction treatment facilities and programs that fulfill the individual needs for the particular addiction.
Step 5: Make notes of what to say. Each participating group member will write down what they are going to say before the meeting. This usually involves specific events where the person’s addiction has had a personal effect on the group member. These incidents can be emotional, physical, or financial issues. When presenting facts to the loved one, it is hard for them to deny or argue in response.
Step 6: Decide on specific consequences. Be prepared for the loved one not to accept treatment. The individual may not want help even with a well-planned intervention. Each group member should have outlined actions of the consequences that will be followed if this does occur. For example, a member can ask them to move out if they do not seek treatment.
Step 7: Offer help. The members who attend the intervention should be willing to support their loved one in a role while they are receiving help. For example, one can offer them rides to treatment and attend a family program or support groups.
Step 8: Rehearse. Rehearse the meeting at least once because emotions run high in regard to substance and alcohol abuse. Everyone participating will have an idea when they will get to speak and what people are going to talk about. One should avoid taking too much time, putting the blame on the loved one, or falling into self-pity.
Step 9: Hold the meeting. Once the loved one arrives at the intervention site, each participating member takes turns expressing their concerns. The individual is then presented with a treatment option and asked to accept it. If they choose not to, everyone will take turns expressing their own consequences. Each consequence presented must be followed through.
Step 10: Follow up. Regardless, if the person decides to accept help, it is essential to follow through with statements made during the meeting. Make things easier for your loved one by participating in their therapies and changing any enabling behaviors. Seek your own therapy and recovery support, and know what the next steps are if a relapse does occur.
Evident signs someone is struggling might include:
Before staging an intervention, an interventionist should always be consulted. They will help decide how best to confront the individual addicted to drugs or alcohol. Leaving it to a professional can help make a proper plan to ensure a safe and effective meeting for friends and family.
By undergoing addiction treatment in Newport Beach you’ll be able to continue to see the family members who are supporting you on your recovery journey. We offer top-of-the-line addiction treatments, staffed by knowledgeable professionals, including therapists. Give us a call today to discuss our treatment programs and what other services we provide.
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