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How to Perform an Intervention

Having an intervention for a family member or loved is a serious decision. As with any high stakes situation, having a plan before hand can often be the difference between success and failure. A well executed intervention can have a huge impact on the loved one who is using drugs and alcohol, and lead to long-term sobriety. Conversely, an intervention that is poorly conceived can cause further damage to the relationship. Please follow our checklist to help you plan and go through with your intervention.

  • Make a Plan

    Your first step is to make a plan. Where is the intervention to take place? What time? Make sure you talk to a drug and alcohol treatment center before hand so you have a bed reserved in the event the intervention is successful.

  • Hire an Expert

    Hiring a professional interventionist is often considered a critical step in ensuring a successful intervention. Depending on your situation, you may find it necessary to bring in an expert for several reasons: Your interventionist can help you formulate your team, your script, and provide an outside perspective to the procedure. A good interventionist can also leverage their network to help you find the right treatment center for your loved one after the intervention

  • Form the Team

    Another important piece of an intervention is team you assemble. Who will all be involved in the intervention. It is important to consult with an expert beforehand to ensure that the intervention team is put together thoughtfully and strategically.

  • Follow Your Script

    Having a script is also very important. It’s important to have your thoughts, words and points you want to make planned out ahead of time. This goes for members of the intervention team. A script has the added benefit of keeping the intervention team calm and steady, and less prone to emotional outburst and heated talk.

  • Implement Consequences

    It’s important to make the stakes of the intervention clear. Having an intervention without consequences to the addict will have a much higher likelihood of failing than an intervention that has very real and clear consequences for the addict or alcoholic. It will be important to discuss what these consequences should be with a professional who really understands the mind of an active user.

JourneyPure at the River want to be a resource for you and your family as you deal with addiction. If you need help planning an intervention or need us to refer one of the many trusted interventionist we have worked with here in Middle Tennessee, please call our admissions team.

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