If your loved one is battling substance abuse problems, the idea of an intervention has likely come up. An intervention helps people with an alcohol or drug addiction understand how their actions have affected themselves and others and encourage them to seek help from addiction treatment centers. But when is an intervention necessary for someone with alcoholism and drug dependence? Read below for the answer to this question, alongside helpful information that can help you host a successful intervention.

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When to Have an Intervention: Signs It’s Time

Although some people worry that having an intervention too early could be bad, there isn’t an ideal time to confront your loved one about their substance use disorder. The sooner someone seeks treatment for substance abuse, the better their chances of lifelong sobriety are. However, it’s not always easy determining when someone is battling alcohol and drug addiction, nor when they’ve reached a low point. There are a few signs that it’s a good time to host an intervention. These include:

  • It’s obvious your loved one’s life is in danger.
  • It’s apparent your loved one has a decreased quality of life.
  • Your loved one has had a significant event (like an overdose).
  • Any serious mental illness has been getting worse (which can contribute to addiction).

You’ll also want to ensure that:

  • A spot has been secured at a substance addiction treatment center.
  • All friends and family members have the ability to gather.

How Does the Intervention Process Work?

If possible, you should try to find a professional interventionist to help you stage an intervention. Having a professional at the intervention itself is crucial if your loved one tends to become violent or suffers from a mental illness.

Generally, the first step is to make a detailed plan for the intervention. Don’t try to put together an intervention at the last second. For your greatest success in helping the person struggling, you could spend weeks ensuring the process goes smoothly. You’ll need details on who, what, when and where. Each intervention team member should have prepared what they’ll say in advance, and everyone should be aware that things may not go smoothly. Most people battling drug abuse will fight the intervention initially.

The next step is for everyone involved to do ample research on their loved one’s addiction. This ensures everyone will have a high level of understanding and compassion during the intervention. At this time, the person closest to the addict should reach out to a drug rehab treatment facility. If you need help finding the right place, a professional treatment provider (like a primary care doctor or therapist) might be able to point you in the right direction.

For the intervention, each person on the team should be prepared for the consequence of not going to one of the chosen drug or alcohol addiction treatment centers. For example, if they live with you, you may tell your loved one that you’ll need them to move out if they choose not to enter a treatment program. These consequences must be followed through.

Finally, it’ll be time to hold the intervention meeting. During the meeting, each person will discuss how the substance abuse issue has affected them, what their concerns are and what their potential consequences are. In the end, your loved one will be given a chance to start the treatment process. However, if they choose not to, each person must be prepared to follow through on the mentioned consequences.

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Who Should Be on the Intervention Team?

An intervention team should include four to six people close to the person with a substance use problem. In addition, you’ll want to seek support and professional assistance from a clinical professional in some cases.

While there isn’t a definitive “right” answer as to who should be on the team, there are some definitive wrongs. For example, you don’t want to include anyone who:

  • Uses the same or another substance
  • Has an uncontrolled mental health problem
  • Engages in destructive behavior that may sabotage the intervention
  • Has poor self-control and may not be able to limit what they say during the meeting

Why Do Some Interventions Fail?

Many professional intervention meetings go well, and the addict eventually feels their loved ones want to encourage positive change in their lives. Unfortunately, drug use is challenging to manage, and addictive behaviors are hard to overcome. Until the person struggling with addiction wants to get help, the healing process can’t begin.

The good news is that seeking professional help and being prepared for the intervention can increase the chances of it working. There’s always hope your loved one will break free of their addiction and enter a recovery program, now or in the future.

If Your Loved One Refuses to Seek Treatment

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do if your loved one refuses to seek the proper treatment. You can try another intervention later on down the line. However, it’s crucial you follow through with any consequences you present during the intervention. If you don’t, your loved one’s behavior won’t change because they won’t see any changes in their life.

Camelback Recovery Is Here to Help You With the Next Step

At the end of an intervention, your loved one will need a place to go where they can seek addiction treatment for their substance abuse. Camelback Recovery is here to help you with that next step at our Arizona treatment center. For more information (or to learn when a spot is available), call us today at (602) 466-9880. You can also fill out our online contact form and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.