How to Do Your Own Intervention

If you’re reading about how to stage an intervention, you probably feel like you’ve run out of options. Addiction is holding your loved one captive, and maybe you’ve already tried to convince your friend or family member to get help. Don’t give up. An intervention is a powerful way to convince your loved one to seek help, and if you plan everything carefully, you have an excellent chance of success.

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Choose Your Intervention Model

Did you know that there is more than one type of intervention? The one that you’re probably envisioning is called the Johnson Model. With this model, the addicted person is confronted by friends and family members who explain how this addiction has impacted their lives. The Invitational Model looks different. This model does not focus solely on the addicted person. Instead, it involves the entire group, including the addicted individual, working as a unit in a workshop-style environment. Take some time to research both models, deciding which one will work best for your loved one. Consider group dynamics and other factors that might impact the effectiveness of each choice.

Talk to a Professional

The Invitational Model of intervention always requires a professional interventionist. The process starts when an addicted person’s friend or family member contacts a specialist. The Johnson Model can take place with or without a professional interventionist. However, most experts advise seeking professional help. If you hire an interventionist, you can rest assured that this person will:

  • Handle conflict
  • Put a stop to enabling patterns
  • Make preparations
  • Lead the intervention
  • Understand and respond to common responses
  • Provide support
  • Offer advice

Remember that drug and alcohol addiction can cause a person to become violent, so hiring a professional who knows how to de-escalate conflict can make the process much safer for everybody involved.

If you do not hire an intervention specialist, somebody in your group will have to take on all of the above responsibilities. If you go with this route, choose a person who can remain calm and strong. This person should learn about enabling patterns and common responses that an addicted person might make during the intervention. This way, your chosen person can avoid mistakes as he or she guides the process.

Make Arrangements for Treatment

Arrangements for treatment must be made before you start the intervention.

If you take the DIY route, you’ll have to make these arrangements yourself. If your intervention is successful, it will end with your loved one agreeing to go to rehab, so you must be prepared to take him or her to the rehab facility immediately. You can arrange for transportation, have somebody in your group provide transportation, or provide it yourself. In any case, do not make these decisions at the last minute. You must have clear plans in place from a reservation at the treatment facility to a decision about who will drive your loved one there. If you don’t make these plans well ahead of the intervention, you’ll add a layer of confusion to an already emotionally-charged process.

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Talk to the friends and family members who have been impacted by your loved one’s addiction, and invite them to participate in the intervention. Being surrounded by people who care often sends a powerful message to an addicted person. Seeing people from different contexts come together in the same room can show an individual just how much the addiction has affected loved ones. You might also invite a doctor or therapist to attend the intervention. Have each participant write a statement explaining how the addiction has made a negative impact on the relationship. These statements should also outline the consequences that will take place if the individual doesn’t agree to go to rehab. You might remove financial assistance, for instance, if you’ve been providing it. If the person is your co-parent, you might seek sole custody of the children.

Whatever the consequences, you must be prepared to follow through.

During the Intervention

If you’ve chosen the Johnson Model, you’ll need a pretense to get the addicted person into the room where friends and family members will be waiting. Invite the individual to sit down. Remind this person that he or she is loved and cared for. The leader of the group should then invite each person to read a statement. During this process, your loved one will likely deny or minimize the addiction, place the blame on others, or start other arguments. The group leader or interventionist should handle these conflicts. Once everybody has had the chance to read a statement, the leader should give the addicted person a choice about whether or not to go to rehab. If the person agrees, he or she will go with the pre-arranged transportation to rehab. If he or she does not agree, implement the consequences immediately.

Some Tips

An intervention can be a highly stressful experience for everyone involved. You’ll have the best chance of success if you follow these tips:

  • Create a plan and stick to it.
  • Make sure that the addicted person feels loved, not attacked. An intervention is not about shame.
  • Stay calm and be patient.
  • Let the interventionist or group leader handle conflict.
  • If you are the group leader, educate yourself about common arguments that an addicted person may give.
  • Don’t take hurtful statements personally. Drugs and alcohol can impact the way a person interacts with loved ones.

How We Can Help

We understand that holding an intervention may be one of the most difficult experiences of your life. You may be feeling desperate, helpless, and overwhelmed. That’s why the experts at Rehab Info are here to help you.

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