If this is the situation you may need to stage an intervention, but you must plan it very carefully. You may need to seek the help of others to help you take action. Staging an intervention is one of the first approaches that you can do to save your loved one before things truly get out of hand.
An intervention is a carefully planned encounter where members of the family and concerned friends come together to talk to a loved one about their addiction and how it affects everyone, not just the person with the addiction.
The main goal of an intervention is simple: to convince the loved one that there is a problem and to get the proper medical care to recover and heal. Everyone at the intervention should understand and agree with this goal.
A doctor or a licensed drug counselor is often consulted first or invited to the intervention. This counselor sets the goals and guidelines for each participant in the process and what to do in case the individual refuses treatment.
When to Intervene with a Loved One?
The decision to have an intervention for a loved one is difficult. Not only is it emotional, but determining that it is necessary isn’t straightforward. Addiction is an illness and it seems to have a genetic component, but it can’t be detected by a blood test. People with addictions are skilled at concealing it and addiction can mask itself as something else. So when is the best time to intervene with a loved one?
Here are some common signs and symptoms of addiction. If you see your loved one manifests any of these, then it is time that you make a decision.
- Skin Infections and Abrasions
- Aggressive or Passive behavior
- Lack of motivation
- Deterioration of personal hygiene and appearance
- Change in sleep pattern (more or less)
- Items in the house go missing
- Always borrowing money
- Wears long sleeves even on warm days
- Has problems in school or at work
How to Stage an Intervention?
It is easy to understand the meaning of intervention. Creating, developing, and arranging the intervention is the hard part. While the task could be overwhelming, careful planning will greatly increase the odds of a positive outcome.
To plan and stage a successful intervention you need to:
- Hire a licensed drug or alcohol counselor or intervention specialist
- Select the people that will take part in the intervention
- Choose the proper time and venue to conduct the intervention
Find an Intervention Specialist
To stage an intervention, find a professional who is an expert in addiction to help you: a social worker, a licensed drug or alcohol counselor, a psychologist, or an intervention specialist. Such specialists will help you organize an effective and structured intervention by:
- Considering your loved one’s condition.
- Enumerating various ways on how to approach this condition.
- Offering guidance on what kind of treatment is most likely to work.
- Assisting you in case the individual is in denial
Form Your Intervention Group
An intervention group is usually composed of four to six members. These are the people who are most important in the life of the individual, people whom the individual respects and depends upon. The intervention specialist can help you narrow down the right people for the intervention team.
Common member of the team are:
- Fellow church members
- Best friend
- Other close friends