What Does An Intervention Look Like?

Intervention doesn’t need to look like it does on T.V. or in movies. It doesn’t need to be a big occasion with lots of people. It doesn’t need to be a scene with accusations and tears.

Instead, it just needs to be a conversation.

That’s what an intervention is actually. It’s a conversation with a specific structure. It’s meant to help an addict realize they have a problem and convince them to get the help that they need. Sometimes a therapist is overseeing it.

Interventions are necessary because they could help an addict realize how their choices affect loved ones. The goal is to convince them to go and get help so that they can start their recovery process.

When Is An Intervention Needed?

It is scary to think you need to have this type of conversation. No one wants to have to sit down with someone they love. Not to tell them they need to get help.

Many ways can lead to disaster. The person could get defensive or angry or run away. But it is an important step regardless, they need to hear it. They can’t deny it forever.

Signs that they might need help include:

–    Aggression

–    Borrowing money with no reason

–    Work problems

–    Health issues

–    Sickly appearance

–    No energy

–    No motivation

–    Secretive behavior

How To Stage An Intervention

  • Find A Specialist

There are intervention specialists where this is their primary job. They know how to keep the peace and control the communication.  They can keep things from getting out of hand and say what needs to be said.

If you try and intervene alone, it might just make the addict more upset. They’ll deny and get angry. They might not take help. That’s why a specialist is needed.

  • Make Your Group

You need to decide who is going to be a part of this process. It might be best to just keep it to yourself and the specialist. You don’t want your loved one feeling attacked or surrounded. Too many people can make them panic.

  • Rehearse

Find out what you want to say and practice. Write it down if need be. Run it by the intervention specialist for approval. You don’t want to get tongue-tied or say something you will regret later. This is an important moment to get right.