The Intervention Process
It’s sometimes difficult to know what to expect from an intervention, since every person facing a substance abuse problem will react differently. The main goals of an intervention are to:
- Identify the problem of addiction.
- Help a loved one seek treatment for the addiction.
- Follow through with consequences and your bottom line!
- Identify who are the Chief Enabler and Co-Dependants in the Intervention group.
STEP 1: In general, an intervention should not be attempted without the guidance of a professional, so the first step of the process should be meeting with an intervention specialist. This person can help individuals understand the Alcohol/Substance Abuse intervention steps that they need to take, and help them through the actual intervention itself.
STEP 2: Planning is one of the most important intervention steps, and it should never be skipped. During the planning stage, a group of loved ones meet with an intervention specialist in order to understand the process and learn what to say and how to say it. When planning an intervention, the group of loved ones should determine a time and place for the intervention, and plan what to say. They should also decide on what to do if the person refuses to quit drinking or using drugs. Some consequences in this case can include cutting financial and emotional support. Loved ones must realize and be ready to accept that they must put an end to their enabling behavior if they want to help.
STEP 3: After planning comes the actual intervention itself. During an intervention, an addict is confronted in a loving and respected manner about his or her substance abuse. The members of the confronting group will point out specific facts that prove that a problem exists. They will then give the person a choice between quitting or losing their support or enabling behavior if they continue to use the drug of their choice!