Seeing a friend or family member struggle with substance abuse can be an emotionally draining experience. Addicts typically cannot see beyond their substance abuse; it takes center stage in their lives to the exclusion of anything and anyone else. Their relationships often take the brunt of this single-minded focus. That’s why chemical dependency treatment centers recommend an intervention to clearly demonstrate the destruction that a loved one’s drug addiction has caused.
Planning an Intervention
An intervention requires thoughtful consideration. When organizing such an event, you should carefully decide who will be a part of it. Addiction treatment experts advise intervention planners to include only those who genuinely care for the addicted loved one and have his wellbeing at heart. To encourage the addict’s participation, you may also want to invite friends and family members who your loved one has a positive opinion of.
Holding an Intervention
Containing your emotion can be extremely difficult when holding an intervention, which is why chemical dependency treatment professionals stress the importance of rehearsing your speech. Speaking your thoughts ahead of time can help you to say the same words in a calm and deliberate manner at the intervention. Anger, hostility, and condemnation will likely cause an addict to refuse help, so be sure that your words come from a place of love and support.
Getting Results from an Intervention
The goal of an intervention is to have your loved one agree to substance abuse treatment. Before you hold your gathering, have in place a course of action to which all intervention members agree. Choose a facility that can address your loved one’s addiction needs. Coordinate his work schedule so he can enter the center as soon as possible. Give him no excuse to say no.
Do you have more questions about how to organize an intervention? Call Las Encinas Hospital at (888) 348-2165 to speak with a representative at our Pasadena facility. We can help your loved one get the chemical dependency treatment he needs to successfully combat his addiction.