Strategies for an Effective Intervention
- Invite the right people. This is key. Interventions are intimate and personal, and you only want to invite people who have really solid, caring, and close relationships with the subject.
- Choose the proper time. You always want to choose a sober moment for the intervention—as best as you are able. Often, first thing in the morning is the best time.
- Find the right location. Hosting an intervention in your home can be okay, but sometimes this makes the subject too A formal, neutral spot works best—a therapist’s office or a local church, for instance.
- Rehearse it. It’s generally a bad idea for people to speak off the cuff at these events. Before the intervention, get everyone together to briefly go over your remarks together. Make a script beforehand, and stick to that script as you talk; ad-libs should generally be avoided!
- Be warm and open. Body language and tone ae everything. Remember that you’re not doing this to scold or to express judgment. You’re doing this because a loved one has a disease, and you want him or her to seek clinical help.