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What is an Intervention and How Do They Work?

An intervention is your most powerful weapon in the battle against substance abuse addiction if you’re the friend of family member of someone suffering this disease. An intervention gathers friends and loved ones and is typically moderated by an interventionist to persuade the substance abuser to get help for their addiction.

Before scheduling an intervention, we recommend meeting with your interventionist. If there isn’t an interventionist close to you in Tampa, you or another friend or family member can serve as the moderator.
To hold a successful intervention, it’s crucial to ensure that the atmosphere is based on love, care and support. An atmosphere that’s too confrontational can cause the intervention to backfire and dissuade the substance abuser from getting help or attending a future intervention.

All participants in the intervention should remember that addiction is a disease. It is a disease that is fueled by neglect and shame. Triggering these emotions with your friend or loved one can backfire by spoiling the intervention and threatening their prospect of seeing help. An intervention’s goal is simple: to get your friend or loved one into a treatment center. Rehab is the end game.

Staging an Intervention

Here are some effective tips for staging an intervention:

Build the Right Team: Forming the best team of friends and loved ones who will be effective at talking the substance abuser into finding help is key. Consider inviting the significant other, family members and close friends who are influential in the eyes of the substance abuser.

Timing: Friends and loved ones of a substance abuser should not wait too long to stage an intervention. Waiting can have dangerous consequences as an addict who isn’t getting help, is likely to cause harm to themselves and others.

Choosing a Location: The location for the intervention should be chosen with careful thought. The home of the addict isn’t always the best place. Familiar settings can bring up negative past memories. Formal settings tend to work the best for intervention. A conference room or office setting is an ideal location to ensure the intervention is professional and respectful.

Preparation: You should have an intervention team meeting in advance to go over questions and controversial topics. Note cards can come in handy for participants so they can remember all the questions and issues that will best hold the substance abuser accountable.

Set Up Your Intervention Now!

If you have a friend or family member who is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, the best time to stage an intervention is today! The downside of waiting too long is too risky. Some people who stage interventions may have a concern that the addict could take offense or create a conflict. To avoid this, make sure you clarify that the intervention will be non-judgmental, and will be coming from a place of compassion and love. It’s a powerful thing when a substance abuser sees all their loved ones gathered because they care for them and want to see them get help.

If you have any questions about staging an intervention, give us a call today at (407) 603-7544!

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