One of the most difficult experiences we can go through in our lifetimes is losing a friend or family member to addiction. However, this kind of loss is all too common. It can be earth-shattering and heart-breaking.
If you know a loved one who might be headed down a dangerous path, you might feel the need to step in and prevent a tragedy from occurring. In order to do this, you might need to stage an intervention.
This can be an incredibly difficult thing to do. It goes without saying that you’ll need to approach your loved one with great sensitivity. What are some tips that can help you manage this difficult situation? Read on and we’ll walk you through some basic pointers.
Form a Team
In approaching a loved one, you want to have a united front.
Performing a drug or alcohol intervention on your own is not advised as it can seem more like a personal attack. If you want to help your loved one, it’s best to gather many people from that person’s life who is concerned about their well-being.
That being said, you don’t want the people you gather to be casual acquaintances. It should be only the closest of friends, family members, and co-workers. If someone else you’re considering asking to join is also suffering from substance abuse, it’s best not to include them during this juncture.
If you’ve never held an intervention before, you might also want to consider enlisting the help of a professional interventionist.
With your team, you should make a concrete plan about when, where, and how the intervention should take place. Make sure everyone is on the same page.
Educate Yourself and the Team
In order to help your loved ones, you’ll need to take the time to properly understand what it is they are going through. That means getting familiar with the science behind substance abuse.
Get familiar with the substance that your loved one is abusing and try your best to put yourself in their shoes. The more empathy you can enter into the intervention with, the better. Empathy can be key in opening others up to different points of view.
You want to make your loved one feel as if you’ve taken the time to truly understand their situation before taking this step.
Make a Plan
Once the time and date are set, plan out with your team how the intervention itself will go. It can be helpful to have each member of your team make a statement illustrating their feelings on the matter at hand.
These statements should be purposeful, personal, and demonstrate to the individual how their substance abuse has impacted the people around them.
Have everyone agree to stay on as a support team should the person agree to go to a drug or alcohol rehab center. Have boundaries in mind should the person refuse to get help.
All of this should be discussed and possibly even rehearsed before holding an intervention.
How to Stage an Intervention
If you have a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse, it’s important to step in and help promote change. If you’re not certain how to stage an intervention, the above information can be quite helpful.
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