Planning an Intervention for Addicted Loved Ones

Many people simply don’t know how to make a loved one get the help he or she needs to overcome their addiction. Living with or just witnessing a loved one from afar that is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make one feel helpless. It can feel as though nothing said or done changes the situation. But you are not helpless, and there is something that can be done. Allure Detox can help guide you with the steps to getting help for a loved one.

It’s challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. But when it comes to addiction, the person with the problem often struggles to see it and acknowledge it. A more focused approach is often needed. Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can be a difficult and painful experience. One wants to offer help and support, but aren’t sure where to start. You may need to join forces with others and take action through a formal intervention.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 20.3 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2018. Almost 80 percent struggled with an alcohol use disorder. And with our nation still in the throes of an opioid epidemic, many families will turn to interventions to try to save their loved ones’ lives.

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What is an addiction intervention?

An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one or many people, usually family and friends, and/or professionals, to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of traumatic event or crisis, or other serious problem. An intervention is a combination of education and support with the goal of providing the addict with a structured opportunity to create positive change.

When is an intervention needed?

Those suffering from addiction are often in denial and struggle to face the harsh reality of their addiction. While it is best for them to choose to seek help on their own, this is not usually the case. Many require the support of their friends and family in order to finally take the initial step toward recovery. An intervention may be necessary if your loved one presents with any addictive behaviors such as:

  • personal, social, financial, and professional
  • unable to control the use of substances despite problems it is causing.
  • Fails to see the consequences they have placed themselves in and remains in denial.
  • Continues to be unreceptive to family members or friends’ feelings or opinions regarding addictive behavior.

How to plan an intervention

It is important to properly plan an intervention in order to maximize the chances of success. When planning an intervention, consider the following:

  • Who will be there: Consider which friends and family members to involve and contact professionals if necessary.
  • Location: Choose a space where the person will feel comfortable and safe. A home or other private location is better than a public place.
  • Be informed: Be educated as much as possible on the loved one’s drug addiction. The more that is known, the more help that can be provided.
  • What is the plan: Have a plan and know what is going to be said beforehand. Avoid “you” statements that put blame on them. Instead, use “I” statements that convey how you feel and illustrate to them how their behaviors have personally impacted you.
  • Consequences: If the loved one doesn’t accept treatment, each person on the team needs to decide what action he or she will take. For example, you may decide to ask your loved one to move out.
  • Follow-up: What are the plans after the intervention? If you are encouraging your loved one to seek treatment, have a treatment plan ready. Do the research and find a treatment center that is appropriate and affordable. Ideally, you may be able to get your loved one into treatment the same day as the intervention, so be prepared and make all the arrangements beforehand.

And never give up. Don’t be frustrated if immediate results aren’t seen. Families shouldn’t give up, no matter what. The treatment works, and people can be persuaded to make the needed changes.

Allure Detox is always here to help. If you or someone you love has a substance abuse problem, the detox center at Allure is here to help. We deliver safe, compassionate, and highly individualized care on a medical basis. Learn more about who we are and why we’re one of the best drug and alcohol detox facilities in the industry.