Staging an Intervention Guide:

Helping a Loved One Overcome Addiction

Addiction’s most dangerous side effect is the self-induced deception of not needing or seeking help. Stigma is real and is often misunderstood. The feelings of guilt, fear, and shame, along with other factors, prevent people from receiving the help they need despite the high demand for healthcare.

Are you worried about a loved one’s addiction?

Need Help Staging an Intervention?

Have you tried talking to them, but it seems like nothing gets through to them? It’s time to take action and get professional help with addiction intervention.

This persistent refusal to receive treatment accurately depicts the addiction cycle and the downward spiral that occurs. If left untreated, it commonly results in the occurrence of physical, psychological, and social health consequences, sadly sometimes fatal ones.

That’s why staging an intervention is often a life-saving act of love intended to prevent fatal outcomes. They say addiction is a family disease because truthfully, it takes a toll on everyone and all aspects of life.

These last resort actions can be the eye-opening experience someone needs to turn their life around. Luckily, there is access to high-quality care available. Relief Recovery Center in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, specializes in treating the disease of addiction through evidence-based treatment programs.

When someone you love is suffering from a harmful addiction habit and refuses to receive help, it can evoke many emotions, including anger, anxiety, fear, etc. The loving action on behalf of family and friends to help a loved one overcome addiction requires professional help.

Our intervention guide provides all the resources and information necessary to assist your struggling loved one get the help they need and make the transition for everyone a little bit less stressful.

What is an Intervention?

An intervention is an event staged by friends and family on behalf of an addicted party to help improve an addiction disorder. This is a necessary action exercised when the struggling party refuses to receive or seek help.

Staging an intervention is often a last-ditch effort to prevent the struggling party from causing further harm to themselves or others.

What Are the Types of Interventions?

There is no one size fits all intervention.

Different people with different struggles require diverse intervention approaches to ensure you don’t alienate the struggling party. It’s vital to speak to an intervention specialist about staging an intervention to ensure the most individualized and effective approach. The following are the most common types of interventions based on the needs of the struggling party.

Crisis Intervention

Stressful life trials can often be the source of substance abuse becoming a coping mechanism. Therefore, it becomes essential to train you how to deal with the crisis at hand to properly cope. This also helps the addicted party prevent future relapse by learning how to deal with any unforeseen life occurrences that may arise. Training you on how to deal with life’s underlying struggles with strategies and techniques, such as psychotherapy may be your loved one’s greatest recovery solution.

Family Intervention

When one person struggles with addiction, the whole family struggles in various ways. That’s why organizing an intervention as a family unit is one of the most effective ways to stage an intervention. This often helps put things in perspective for all parties involved. Most importantly, doing so as a family unit helps all parties begin to move forward together in recovery.

During the intervention, individuals assemble to confront their loved ones with particular examples of how their damaging behaviors and addiction have impacted them and why accepting to go to treatment would change their life, as well as everyone involved.

Traditional Intervention

This intervention method is an informative-based process that includes intervention specialists, family, friends, and the struggling party. Together, you’ll learn the step-by-step process of what to expect, how to support one another, and training methods you’ll learn throughout the intervention process. You’ll also learn how to proactively help the struggling party by finding out how you can play an intricate role in the recovery process.

Simple Intervention

Simple interventions are the bare bones minimum of the four types. This form of intervention puts the least amount of pressure on the addicted party by not requiring follow-up treatment. Instead, this focuses on a single family member and intervention specialist helping the struggling party to the conclusion that they need professional help. Though this is often very effective, the decision of seeking treatment is ultimately left up to the addicted party.

Before staging an intervention, the chosen family member will undergo medically-administered training methods to help open the eyes of the addicted party. This training includes special support training tools and techniques that will encourage a positive response to accepting treatment.

What are the Benefits of an Intervention?

Interventions conducted at the hands of a trained specialist have numerous benefits that could not be achieved otherwise. All parties involved have the opportunity to come out with a broadened understanding of addiction and how to treat it.

Incredibly, the benefits expand beyond the mere scope of treating addiction, it can improve each individual in different ways moving forward. Bearing that in mind, here are a few of the benefits that are most commonly reported with staging an intervention.

Relationships are Mended

One of the greatest benefits of the intervention process is mending old friendships and family relationships that were long broken. This is achieved through a medical specialist helping you go through the recovery process together. This helps you achieve recovery together and mend old wounds that were never addressed. By mending these old wounds, together you can begin to mend the friendships and family dynamic that was once lost.

A Strong Support Team is Formed

As mentioned earlier, when one person struggles with addiction, their loved ones are equally affected. Staging an intervention shows you and the addicted party that together you can restore sobriety as a strong family unit. It’s not just because you have the numbers to do so, though that is a vital asset. It’s because interventions go the extra mile in teaching you the intricate tools on how every participant can play a unique role in the intervention support group. Speak to a compassionate receptionist today to learn how to be the strongest support group for the struggling party today.

It’s an Eye-Opening Experience for Everyone Involved

The strongest attribute interventions have is they often open the eyes of everyone involved in different ways. Most importantly, it helps the struggling party come to terms with the fact that they have a problem that needs rectification.

Almost equally important is it opens the eyes of all parties to understand the nature of addiction and be sympathetic to the struggler’s condition. This does not mean giving them an excuse to indulge. However, it sheds light on the difficulties that arise with substance and alcohol dependency. Most proactively it shows you how to play a part in the big scheme of achieving sobriety as a team.

Why Does Having an Intervention Specialist Matter?

Most approaches to confronting an individual with a substance or alcohol abuse habit only end in furthering their addiction struggles. This is why an understanding intervention specialist is necessary to conduct the entire process. They understand it’s vital to proceed with the utmost caution, care, and love when confronting someone who refuses to ask for help.

This understanding enables doctors to teach proven medical methods to help you be a proactive attribute to overall recovery. Beyond that, they can equip you with medically and scientifically tried support and confrontation methods that produce a positive response.

Speak to an intervention specialist today to learn more about how you can begin the process of staging an intervention for a loved one in need.

How Does a Specialist Prepare you for Intervention?

Interventions take very meticulous preparations as directed by your specialists. These preparation points are intended to ensure the process goes smoothly and effectively. Each of these steps to be mentioned is no less important than the other. Here are the most common introductory steps a specialist will take to prepare you for confronting the struggling party.

Elect a Team Leader

An interventionist will elect a team leader who will act as the main spokesperson throughout the process. This does not mean they will be the only speaker. However, they will be the individual conducting the majority of the process under the guidance of the intervention specialist. The elected team leader should be a loved one that the one battling addiction is more apt to trust and listen to produce the most positive outcome.

Discuss Previously-Adopted Approach Methods

After all the participants are identified, you and a specialist will discuss previously failed encounters to approach the struggling party. Understanding these past failures helps your designated professional chart an approach method that may be met with a positive response.

This allows you and the specialist to get to know one another. This also enables your intervention expert and the participants to gain a broader understanding of the condition and depth of the addicted. This understanding equips everyone with a more defined way to approach their loved one with their struggle.

Formulate a List of the Harms of Alcohol or Substance Abuse

It’s important to pen a list of all the consequences of addiction you see the struggling party headed towards. This list should be personalized based on your experiences with the struggling party. This list will then be presented to the subject of the intervention as it commences. Bear in mind, this list should be heartfelt, encouraging, and sincere.

Produce Individual Impact Statements

When a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, it impacts all loved ones differently. That’s why this step of penning personal impact statements is perhaps the most intricate eye-opener to the addicted party when presented. All impact statements should be written without any hint of judgment, bitterness, spite, or blame. Your assigned specialist will also guide you on how to ensure they are written in a tone of understanding for their struggle.

Rehearse the Process

Before staging an intervention, rehearsing the process helps you get your point across in the correct manner. During the rehearsing phase, an intervention specialist will help you sift out any words or tones that may stir resentment from the intervention subject. Once this rehearsal is approved by your therapist, you are nearly ready to present your caring message of concern to the struggling party.

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If your attempt at an intervention fails initially, it is not a lost cause. The important thing is hearing everybody’s feelings, especially the feeling of the intervention subject. Therefore, even if the initial intervention is unsuccessful, it helps broaden the family’s understanding of the depth and nature of your loved one’s struggle. Most importantly, it plants the seed in your loved one’s mind on how it is affecting the ones they love. This thought may help them reconsider getting help in some form in the future.

However, it is important to add that interventions are not a cure, they are a tactic to help open the eyes of the struggling party. The whole point of intervention is to let encourage them to get the help they need.

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