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Planning an Intervention

Planning an Intervention

Planning an Intervention
It is important when planning an intervention to be in touch with your preferred treatment centre before you stage it. You will need both their help on what to do, and the availability of a bed should the intervention be successful. You do not want to find your addicted loved one agreeing to go to treatment and then find there is no place for them to go to receive the help they so desperately need.
Ideally, you will need two or preferably three people to meet at a prearranged time so that you know the addict will be present. Do not allow the addict to be aware of what is happening.
Be prepared. Those present need to be able to list a number of behaviours that the person’s addiction has done that have caused fear and hurt to them. They also need to state what they will do should the addict refuse treatment. For example they must move out or forego any further financial support.
Ideally, admission to treatment should be immediate or happen as quickly as possible post the intervention. The wait, or refusal of treatment can result in even worse drinking or using and threatened or real attempts at suicide. There is often a lot of anger from the addict, and this should be expected.
If it is possible, have an addiction counsellor present, this is ideal. Having someone outside of the immediate family is also a help to provide an objective perspective.
Call the chosen treatment centre from the meeting with the addict present so there is no way out and that the addict knows this is not simply another threat that won’t be carried through.
Most importantly, one must convey that this is an act of love and care. That the family or loved ones can no longer bear to stand by and watch while the addict continues to self destruct and put their very own life at risk.
Should you require guidance arranging an intervention, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at The Redbourne