Interventions begin by contacting the rehabilitation facility you want your family member or friend to go to. There, an interventionist, a specialist in the field, can help you with professional guidance on the situation. The reality is that you can’t force a person to get help; doing so is illegal, except for in the case of minors. By taking time to speak with an interventionist, you can make a plan for the most effective intervention, so your loved one is more likely to accept the help being given.
Before the intervention, you and everyone else will be asked to write down things like what you’re prepared to do or not do for the addict if he or she goes into treatment (or not). For instance, if you won’t support the person anymore financially if he doesn’t seek treatment, it’s important that you make that clear.
On the day of the intervention, the person will come to wherever the intervention is going to be staged. Then, you and others will read premade letters or speak candidly about the situation. Interventions should not be confrontational; you need to be supportive and understanding, yet firm.
Finally, if the addicted person decides to accept treatment, it’s time for the interventionist to step in. If the person says yes, the interventionist can transport the individual to the treatment facility and begin the detoxification and rehabilitation process.
Interventions can be incredibly helpful if they’re performed correctly. For instance, if you schedule the intervention at a time when the person is least likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which can be the key to a successful talk. If the person is too overwhelmed or inebriated, it’s harder for him or her to listen.
Interventions have to be calm environments. Shaming or yelling at a person won’t help; the addicted person needs to feel supported, not shamed. By providing a supportive environment, the person can see that others care for his health and wellbeing.
Finally, interventions can be helpful in expressing how the person’s behaviors affect you. It can be encouraging to others to know they aren’t alone, and it can be eye-opening for the addicted person to see how the actions he performs can hurt others.