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How to Prepare for an Intervention for Addicted Family Members

Helping a loved one overcome addiction isn’t an easy process. While family members and friends want their loved ones to get treated as soon as possible, it’s up to the person with the substance use disorder to seek recovery on their own. If you’re planning to stage an intervention for your friend or family member, read on for four tips to help you encourage them to get help.

Get Professional Help

Contact an addiction recovery treatment center to learn more about what to do in an intervention. At this time, it’s also helpful to gather as much information as possible about their treatment options. This way, you’ll be armed with the necessary information to share with your loved one if they have any questions about the type of treatment they’ll get at rehab.

Build the Intervention Team

An intervention is only as strong as the people involved in it. While working with a professional interventionist can be helpful, most experts suggest that only close friends, family members, and colleagues should be part of the intervention team. It’s crucial that the person at the center of the intervention feels safe and comfortable, so keep this in mind when adding people to the team. Remember that your intervention team should focus on addressing the issues surrounding addiction. For this reason, any individual that is currently struggling with sobriety should not be part of the team.

Put Together a Plan

Successful interventions rely on intentionality. Start by making a plan including the time of day, guest list, location, and a specific date for the intervention. This plan should also outline the itinerary for the intervention, detailing who will speak as well as what everyone will say.

This plan serves as a guide for the entire intervention. Encourage all members of the intervention team to learn more about addiction, recovery, and substance abuse. At this time, stress how important it is to break the stigma tied to addiction, highlighting how it is similar to any other disease or illness.

Offer Your Support

The focus of an intervention is to offer help to your loved one. While sobriety is something your loved one has to achieve on their own, it’s important to reinforce that you’re there to offer your support. You can help your loved one by offering to give them rides to treatment, attend therapy, and provide financial support while they seek treatment.

Addiction recovery is a long journey. Keep these tips in mind to make sure your loved one gets started as soon as possible.

Tim Esterdahl

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