Is one of your loved ones suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction? Are you worried about what the future holds for that person? If so, you should think about staging an intervention.
Interventions don’t typically directly put an end to drug use. However, they are often successful in getting an addict to attend a rehab facility.
Interested? Need help? Here is how to stage an intervention.
Choose the Right Time
When it comes to staging an intervention, timing is hugely important. You want to choose a time at which your loved one will be sober. Doing so helps to ensure that he or she doesn’t react in an angry or out-of-control manner.
If possible, you should try to schedule the meeting for the morning. Having the meeting in the morning will make it difficult for your loved one to substantially abuse substances before the intervention. In other words, he or she will probably be sober.
Pick the Right Participants
The key to an intervention is making it comfortable for the addict. There are a number of different ways to do this, but the most important thing to do is to ensure the right participants are present.
Make sure that only close friends and relatives (whom your loved one has a good relationship with) are at the intervention. Your loved one will be extremely vulnerable, and will not feel comfortable around people that he or she only has a cursory familiarity with.
Make it Private (But Not Too Private)
The location of the intervention is also vital. You want to hold it at a location that’s private, but not too private.
Generally, you should avoid the home of the addict. By staging the intervention at home, you give the addict an easy opportunity to cut the meeting short and retreat. After all, his or her room would be just down the hall.
Instead, you should hold it at a close friend’s house or therapist’s office. This will ensure that outsider’s aren’t privy to the conversation, but will also ensure that the addict can’t easily retreat.
Utilize Inviting Body Language
When meeting your loved one at an intervention, inviting body language is of utmost importance. Utilizing open body language will help your loved one feel comfortable and accepted.
Don’t cross your arms, don’t sport disinterested facial expressions, and don’t put your head down. Sit up straight, put your hands on your knees, and be as receptive as possible.
Bring in the Professionals
If you’re nervous about staging an intervention on your own, you can utilize the services of a professional intervention counselor. Counselors such as these are well-versed in the intervention process, and can guide you through every necessary step.
Intervention counselors can help you to arrange the intervention, rehearse the intervention, and can even set your loved one up with a rehabilitation center such as this rehab.
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