What is an intervention? When a person’s drinking becomes worse and potentially dangerous, often an intervention is needed to encourage them to accept professional help. This allows friends and relatives of the person they are concerned about to with the opportunity to express their feelings and concerns for the loved one.
They do this in hopes it will help the person accept that they do have a problem with drinking and make the necessary changes before the problem becomes significantly worse of even life-threatening. An intervention can help in many ways.
The Benefits of a Planned Intervention
For those who struggle with alcoholism, they are often in complete denial or have no idea how bad their drinking is. They also do not recognize the negative impact their behavior and actions have on their family and the friends that are close to them. Often, an intervention serves as the first step to recovering from their alcoholism just by becoming aware of the issue.
Another benefit is that an intervention allows the family members and friends to find the chance to heal also. It allows them to not only ask the person to accept treatment but to also give the family and friends a chance to heal and talk about how the behavior has affected them each, thus hopefully leading to a successful intervention.
Interventions are also beneficial because it shows the person with the problem that they have those who care about them in their corner and want to help them. This may give them a sense of encouragement and a greater desire to get the help they need.
The greatest benefit of an intervention is what follows it. Watching the person who needed so much help get the needed treatment and turn their life around is the greatest benefit. Without that intervention, that person may have never known how deep they were engulfed in their alcoholism.
Strategizing a Successful Intervention
An intervention is something that should never be taken lightly, done casually, or spontaneously. If you want to get the best result, an intervention requires planning and often should include advice from a doctor or an interventionist. As you plan your intervention strategy, it is important to think about the following:
- Who should be there: There is strength in numbers and it is best to have at least 3 to 5 people there for support. You will want to include the persons close family and friends and someone knowledgeable in alcohol treatment.
- When and where it will be: It is a necessity that an intervention has an element of surprise. If you tell a person with a drinking problem about their intervention, there is a pretty good likelihood that they will not show up.
- Describe the effects of their alcoholism: Write down specific examples that have led you all to this point noting destructive behaviors or times they are harmful to themselves or others so that you can justify this intervention with them. It is also important not to come off judgmental, but out of a place of concern.
- What is the plan of treatment: Not only is the purpose of an intervention to show the person how bad their problem is, but it is also meant to set up a program of action. Discuss if they are going to attend an inpatient treatment program or a 12-step program.
- Terms and conditions: It is also important to let them know that there are lines they can’t cross. For instance, if they refuse treatment there needs to be consequences.
Searching for an Intervention for an Alcoholic?
If your loved one is suffering from the cunning disease of alcoholism, an intervention may be the best route to take. After the intervention and treatment plans have been discussed, give us a call here at Garden State Treatment Center. Now is the time to change your life around, let us help you do it.