|What is an Intervention?
|Interventions are a professionally facilitated process organized to intervene with some one you love, care about or work with who has an addiction problem. This individual could also be in denial, relapsing and not willing to acknowledge the impact of the harmful, progressive and destructive nature of their disease in their lives but those of family friends and coworkers.
|An intervention can be described as “presenting reality to a person who is out of touch with it in a receivable way (V. Johnson).” A intervention will be successful not only as a opportunity to persuade the addict to stop mood altering behaviors and seek appropriate supportive treatment, but to achieve sustainable recovery.
|Successful interventions are not a time to get even or punish the addict. They should create a therapeutic forum for all those involved to understand the disease of addiction, express their concerns, ventilate feelings and provide a catalyst for future dialogue, individual, family and organizational change.
|Steps for a Successful Intervention
- Consult with a professional that can facilitate the intervention and determine if the person has an addiction problem and a intervention is warranted.
- Make a list of all potential participants.
- Arrange a preliminary planning meeting.
- The interventionist should meet with key parties to discuss how the intervention will work, educate on the disease of addiction and answer questions.
- All participants need to have had first hand experience with the addict when they have been active in their addiction. They should be prepared to state factual information on their behavior; with who, what, where and when the incidents took place, how they made them feel, were they hurtful, embarrassing or financially damaging.
- They should avoid discussing incidents that could be considered as “ancient history”.
- All participants should present information in a objective, respectful, unequivocal and nonjudgmental approach.
- The intervention is not a opportunity for revenge or to emotionally beat up on the addict, punish or get even.
- Research appropriate treatment options, and availability, including all costs associated with continuing care. Reserve space and make a potential travel arrangements. Make final arrangements chose the time and place for the intervention.