How to Perform an Intervention
The decision to have an intervention for a loved one is serious, and a successful outcome requires careful planning. Having a plan is necessary in order to have a successful outcome. When executed properly, an intervention can have a profound impact on the individual who is abusing drugs or alcohol, and ultimately, lead to long-term sobriety. Alternately, a poorly conducted intervention can further damage a delicate relationship. To increase your chances of a successful intervention, follow our checklist to help you through the process:
Create a Plan
- First, you must create a plan. When and where will the intervention take place? Plan for the intervention to go well by making admission arrangements with a treatment center in advance.
Hire an Expert
- Hire a professional interventionist. Bringing in an expert may be the best course for the following reasons: help assembling your team, creating your script, and bringing an unbiased perspective to the procedure. They can also provide recommendations and resources for you and your loved one before, during, and after the intervention.
Assemble the Team
- Another key to a successful intervention is assembling the proper team. Who will be involved in the intervention? To ensure that the team is put together thoughtfully and strategically, it’s a good idea to consult an expert beforehand.
Follow Your Script
- Having a script is critical. You must have your thoughts, words and points planned out ahead of time. This includes all members of the intervention team. A script will keep everyone involved calm, focused, and less likely to engage in emotional outbursts.
- It’s important to clearly state the potential consequences of the intervention. Interventions without consequences that are clearly outlined have a higher likelihood of failure than an intervention. Before proceeding with an intervention, consult a professional who understands the mind of an active user.
JourneyPure Emerald Coast wants to help you and your family as you go through this process. If you need our support planning an intervention or need us to refer you to a trusted interventionist, please contact our admissions team.