The idea that individuals struggling with addiction have to hit rock bottom before seeking help is dangerous. In reality, the sooner you get help, the better. Often, family members can speed up this process by holding an intervention. If you worry about a loved one, it’s important to follow these three steps to planning a family intervention.
1. Choose Participants Carefully
An intervention could be the defining moment in an individual’s life. Because it’s so important, be careful when deciding who to invite. There’s no need to include a ton of friends, neighbors or extended family members. Too many participants can change the atmosphere. An intervention needs to be intimate and comfortable with a serious tone. You should only extend an invitation to those with ongoing, meaningful relationships to the individual with a drug problem. Typically, this includes their children, spouses, parents, siblings, and close friends. Sometimes, including a community religious leader, medical professional, or any lifelong advocate for their support is helpful as well. Planning the order everyone participates in is important as well. Those who speak first and last should have the strongest relationship with the individual. For example, an intervention could begin with the user’s child. Then, the intervention can conclude with their spouse speaking about how their addiction had affected the relationship.
2. Create a Script and Rehearse the Intervention
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when planning an intervention is ad libbing the dialogue. Gathering loved ones and confronting someone struggling with addiction is incredibly delicate, and the right word choice is vital. It’s absolutely necessary to create a script, in advance, and rehearse the intervention in full. Speaking during an intervention is emotional and difficult. Planning what to say ahead of time makes it much easier. If necessary, you could even bring notes. It’s perfectly fine to read written words in advance. In fact, it’s preferable to improvising on the spot. A rehearsal ensures the intervention goes well. Ask participants to meet a day or two in advance for a practice. If these words can save a life, then a practice run is well worth it.
3. Make a Plan for What Happens After the Family Intervention
An intervention is only successful with a plan. The result of a good intervention is when the family member abusing drugs agrees to addiction treatment. The first phase of drug rehabilitation is detox. Make sure your loved one is in good hands by finding a detox facility with addiction resources and treatments including: • 24/7 medical attention and monitoring • IV therapy • Medications that ease the discomfort of detox • The option of family communication • Customizable detox programs If you follow these steps, you’re preparing for a successful family intervention. At Gallus Detox in Scottsdale, Arizona your loved one begins their journey to sobriety. Call 888-228-9114 to learn more about planning for a successful, safe and comfortable medical detox.