If you have a loved one who’s struggling with addiction, but unwilling to seek help, one strategy is to plan a family intervention—sitting down with the individual to express how worried you are and how much you’d like to see them seek rehabilitation.

Interventions can be highly effective but only when they are properly planned and executed. There are a few common mistakes that can cause interventions to come up short, and we’re going to briefly outline them here—in hopes of helping you avoid them as you plan an intervention for your loved one.

4 Mistakes That Can Imperil Your Intervention

  1. Not having a plan. Interventions can be fraught, and sometimes they can become heated; if you don’t have a clear plan of who’s going to speak, what order you’re going to speak in, and what each person will say, the whole thing can quickly fall apart. Plan and rehearse your intervention, ideally weeks in advance.
  2. Not setting consequences. While you don’t want to threaten your loved one, you do need them to know how serious you are—and sometimes, that means making it clear that you won’t offer them any more financial support, etc. if they don’t seek help.
  3. Not knowing anything about treatment options. Suppose your loved one listens and agrees to seek treatment. That’s great! However, you need to be ready to provide them with information on a good treatment program and ideally with the name of the person they can call to admit themselves.
  4. Not meeting with an addiction specialist. The best way to plan an intervention is to do so in conjunction with an addiction recovery specialist—someone who can provide you with some good parameters on what to say and how to get through to the individual with addiction.

To speak with an addiction recovery specialist from Seacliff, contact our office today.

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