intervention a sober placeWe’ve all heard about interventions before. Chances are you’ve probably seen a couple episodes of the reality television show. But is an intervention really helpful in getting someone in a drug rehab?

What is an Intervention?

An intervention is when someone or a group of people decide to help you change your thoughts and behavior. The addict will be confronted in a loving, non-threatening manner to show him/her how the addiction is affecting others. It’s a chance for the addict to accept help that he/she may not seek out.

During the intervention, the addict’s loved ones will offer specific examples of how the addict’s behavior had impacted them, offer help, and will let the addict know what will happen if they do not accept help, such as not giving the addict any more money to buy drugs.

Is It Effective?

It’s hard to say but many addicts usually seek treatment after undergoing an intervention. But it has to be done properly in order for success. It needs to be planned out carefully and the addict must not feel like he/she is under attack. If that is the case, then the addict will probably refuse treatment and feel isolated.

One way that can make an intervention successful is by consulting an addiction specialist, such as a drug abuse counselor or even a professional interventionist. A specialist can give you the best advice as to how to approach the intervention and even guide you on what type of treatment will work best.

You definitely should consider having a professional present if your loved one presents any of the following:

  • Has a history of mental illness
  • Has a history of violence
  • Has shown suicidal behavior in the past
  • Taken mood-altering substances that can change their mood quickly

 Tips for a Successful Intervention

To make your intervention a success, keep these tips from the Mayo Clinic in mind:

  • Plan out your intervention ahead of time. Don’t hold it at the spur of the moment.
  • Research your loved one’s addiction so you can understand what he/she is going through.
  • Make one person the liaison to keep everyone on track.
  • Share information with the others so everyone is on the same page.
  • Rehearse beforehand
  • Be prepared if the addict says no and avoid confrontation.
  • Ask for immediate decision. Don’t let the addict think about it “for a few days.”

If you need help in finding a drug and alcohol treatment program for your loved one, let us help you. Contact A Sober Place now and get your loved one on the road to recovery.