When a friend or loved one is struggling with addiction, it may be important to sit down, share your concerns, and urge them to seek treatment—a process that’s often called an intervention. This is a big step to take, and an important way to show that you care.

As you plan an intervention, make sure you do everything in your power to make it an effective one. Start by considering these guidelines.

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.

One final tip? An intervention specialist from Seacliff Recovery can help ensure that your intervention is structured in the best way possible. Reach out to Seacliff today to learn more about our family intervention services.

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