3 Tips for Staging an Intervention

3 Tips for Staging an Intervention

You’ve probably seen the Hollywood version of an intervention. Usually, there is a lot of drama, yelling, and tears. The truth is, this may be what you experience if you choose to stage an intervention for a loved one. However, if you follow the three tips below, it’s more likely to be a smooth process that convinces them to seek help.

1.   Come Prepared

U.S. News and World Report emphasizes the importance of going into an intervention prepared. You can’t let emotions lead the way on this; you must stay focused on the goal, and that goal is to educate your loved one and convince them to get the help they need. Go armed with facts so you don’t add misinformation to the mix.

Some ways to make sure you stay focused on the task at hand include: obtain research from reputable sources, consult a doctor or other expert for advice, and take notes to use during the event.

2.   Expect Resistance

Denial is common during interventions. Nearly 20% of all alcoholics are functional, making it easy for many people suffering from substance use disorder (SUD) to justify their behavior. It can’t be that bad if they have their life together, right? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that it’s all too common for addicts to deny their illness. They believe that they drink an average amount, or that everyone takes drugs.

The Mayo Clinic has some great advice on how to organize a successful intervention, despite resistance. Some of their tips include: plan the event thoroughly, research, perform a rehearsal, avoid confrontation, and do not give your loved one time to think about their decision.

You must demand an immediate decision, and you must be willing to act on the consequences you present if they do not agree to seek help.

3.   Ask for Help

Every source we’ve mentioned in this article states that having help from a professional can be a valuable asset during an intervention. A family navigator and professional crisis coach like Scott H. Silverman can help you organize the intervention, suggest resources, and provide a source of stability during this emotionally charged time.

Scott provides resources like trained counselors, intervention planning, and even providing an escort to treatment for the recovering addict.

Scott has been helping addicts and their loved ones overcome the obstacles standing between addiction and recovery for more than three decades. As a recovering addict himself, Scott can offer a unique view to friends and family and a genuine connection with the addict.

Scott is a crisis coach, family navigator, and interventionist. He’s seen and heard it all. As he helps addicts get on the road to recovery, one of his main goals is to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction. Just as you would look to a professional for guidance when dealing with cancer or diabetes, you shouldn’t be afraid to seek help for your or a loved one’s addiction.

If you are facing a situation with a loved one, spouse, or even a child that has started to spiral, please call us at (619) 452–1200. Read more about our interventions here.


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