Intervention – What can you do?

Intervention, are you concerned about a loved one’s alcohol, drug use food or gambling? It’s challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. When it comes to addiction, the person with the problem often struggles to see it and acknowledge it. A more focused approach is often needed. You may need to join forces with others and take action through a intervention.

Examples of addictions that may warrant an intervention include:

  1. Alcoholism
  2. Prescription drug abuse
  3. Street drug abuse
  4. Compulsive eating
  5. Compulsive gambling

People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. An intervention presents your loved one with an opportunity to make changes before things get even worse and can motivate someone to seek or accept help.

What is an intervention

An intervention is a carefully planned process that may be done by family and friends, in consultation with a doctor or professional addiction counselor. It can sometimes involve co-workers, clergy members or others who care about the person struggling with addiction. During the intervention, these people gather together to confront the person about the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment.

Here are some useful tips to bear in mind.

  1. Plan the intervention and be clear about your intention – e.g. I need to speak to you, is now a good time?
  2. Know what it is that you are going to say.
  3. Be specific – Talk about the current problem or issue, no racking up issues from long ago, stay on track.
  4. Speak personally – Express your thoughts, feelings and concerns as your own. Use “I” statements, e.g. I am feeling annoyed/worried/angry/upset….
  5. Acknowledge your own responsibilities – e.g. I know I was impatient earlier….
  6. Stay calm and reasonable – Use your breath to help you remain calm, speak from a position of “I”.
  7. Present clear reasonable solutions – State your commitment to help and support the person in solving the issue at hand. Research the different supports available and provide the person with information around these supports.
  8. Listen to their views and encourage them to share – Show your appreciation for their cooperation.
  9. The person may not yet be ready to accept help and support around their addiction. Acknowledge and reassure yourself that you have done what you can, the next move is now up to them.
  10. Seek help and support for yourself regardless of their decision.

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Blog by: Kay O’Shaughnessy, Family Programme Coordinator Tabor Group