Why Interventions Don’t Always Go As Planned

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A properly planned intervention can be highly beneficial in getting someone to acknowledge their addiction and agree to treatment. The key to planning a successful intervention is to work with a professional mediator who will help you learn what to say and not to say. It’s also important to plan the meeting, include the right people and have a treatment plan in place.

Let’s look at some of the main reasons why interventions sometimes don’t go as planned.

Inadequate Planning

Interventions are not to be done a whim. Before holding an intervention, the group needs to meet and discuss what they are going to say. This practice allows you to speak factually and without placing blame on the addict.

The group also needs to agree on an end goal. Do you have an Arizona drug rehab picked out? What happens if your loved one refuses help? What will the consequences be? Always work with an interventionist who can help you organize and execute the intervention.

Dwelling on the Problem

Everyone is already aware that the addiction is the problem. Rather than spending the intervention dwelling on the past, focus on the solution. By giving attention toward treatment, the atmosphere becomes more positive and encouraging. Rehashing the past can lead to placing blame, making accusations or ambushing the addict with questions. This might just push them further away from treatment.

Offering Too Many Choices

Giving your loved one options may seem to be the best approach, but it’s not. An addict is too deep in their addiction to make reasonable decisions. The purpose of an intervention is to emphasize that treatment is needed right away – not next week or next month. Also, having several rehabs in Arizona to choose from can be too overwhelming for your loved one. It might actually cause them not to make a decision.

Not Committing to Consequences

Your loved one’s addiction is serious. They need treatment immediately otherwise they can suffer serious consequences. You and your family must be prepared to act on some of these consequences, which are usually related to relationships and cutting off the addict financially.

Interventions are powerful tools that help addicts enter treatment and get the professional help they need. If your loved one is struggling with addiction, speak with a professional and call The River Source for information on our treatment programs. We’re happy to work with you on the day of the intervention.