There are many behaviors which can become the basis of addiction. The hard part for those close to someone caught up in an addiction can be watching a downward spiral at the same time that the loved one denies having a problem. Sometimes the only way to help is to join with others in the form of a planned intervention.
Successful intervention requires the combined efforts of loved ones, a mental health professional or a physician. Together these people who truly care about the person in the midst of an addiction will create a stage for confronting and directing the loved one. Typical steps for intervention include:
1. Meeting as a group to learn about the specific addiction (alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorder, gambling etc.) and available treatment options.
2. Planning in advance exactly what will be said being sure to include instances of unhealthy behaviors and how those behaviors affected the individual and those around them. Interventions are often highly emotional exchanges, so careful and thoughtful wording is imperative.
3. The loved one with an addiction is invited to a pre-arranged location without being told ahead of time what will take place. The intervention team should be at the location and prepared to lovingly confront.
4. Together the group explains what has been observed, its impact and offers a specific plan for treatment.
5. Each member of the group explains how they will respond should the loved one refuse to pursue treatment. Be sure that everyone is prepared to follow through with stated consequences.
At Family Guidance, we offer a range of treatment options for those ready to work through addiction. You don’t have to helplessly watch your loved one with an addiction. You can step in with a plan and offer hope. Call us and learn how we can help.