Preparing for a Drug Intervention with a Family Member

If you feel your family member is caught up in a dangerous addiction, staging an intervention can be an effective way to get that person to accept help. Many people are familiar with interventions (thanks to reality TV), but preparing for a drug intervention must be carefully planned out.

Enlist Help from Professionals and Loved Ones

A well-planned intervention is designed to be a benefit to both the addict and their family. Some families will want to enlist the help of a professional to plan the intervention. With the help of a professional, interventions are controlled, organized, and effective, even in the midst of a dysfunctional or chaotic family situation.

Preparing for a drug intervention, bring together close family and friends that have been impacted by the person’s addiction. Meet beforehand to decide on an approach and to determine what needs to be said. To help prepare, loved ones may be asked to write a letter to the person who needs help, expressing how the addiction has impacted them personally. These letters help family members prepare and organize their thoughts, and can sometimes be read during the intervention.

Keep the Tone Positive

The goal of an intervention is to get the addict to see that they have a problem, that it is negatively affecting their loved ones, and that they need help. Family members should always keep the tone positive, not attacking the person or giving up hope for recovery. Instead, family members should maintain a loving attitude, but should also remain firm that they want the person to go to rehab. If a professional has been hired, they will be there during the intervention to moderate and make sure things continue to move along without getting too caught up in argument and blame.

Take Action

As soon as the family member agrees to get help, they should immediately be taken to a treatment facility. Waiting too long, even a day or two, can give them the chance to back out and change their mind. Family members who are preparing for a drug intervention need to do their homework and research treatment facilities to find ones that would fit their loved one’s needs. Once the person agrees to treatment, the family should be prepared to quickly admit them to a facility that will give them the help and support they need to regain sobriety.