How to Perform an Intervention

How To Perform an Intervention is the subject of this Special Report by Carl Arrogante, a family therapist and addiction specialist.

How to Perform an Intervention

The initial, most important step to the intervention process is planning. A family member or friend proposes an intervention and forms a planning group.

It’s best if you consult with an intervention professional, a qualified professional counselor, or a social worker when planning an intervention.

An intervention is a highly charged situation that has the potential to cause anger, resentment and a sense of betrayal.

If you have any concerns that the intervention may trigger anger or violent behavior, consult an intervention professional before taking any action.

How To Perform an Intervention

How To Perform an Intervention

Forming the Team

The planning group forms a team that will personally participate in the intervention.

Team members set aside a date and location and work together to present a consistent, rehearsed message and structured treatment plan.

Do not let your loved one know what you are doing until the day of the intervention.

Next, gather all your information and have a plan ready.

The group members should find out about the extent of the loved one’s problem and research the conditions and treatment programs.

The group may make arrangements to enroll the loved on in a specific treatment program.

Write down what to say.

Each member of the intervention team should write down specific incidents where the addiction resulted in problems such as emotional or financial issues.

Discuss the toll of your loved one’s behavior while still expressing care and the expectation that your loved one can change.

Deciding on specific consequences

If your loved one doesn’t accept treatment, each person on the team needs to decide what action he or she will take.

Examples including asking your loved one to move out or taking away contact with their children.

The intervention meeting

Without revealing the reason the loved one is asked to the intervention site, members of the team take turns expressing their concerns and feelings.

The loved one is presented with the treatment options and asked to accept the option on the spot.

Each team member will say specific changes they wish to make if the addicted person doesn’t accept the plan.

The final step to the intervention process is follow up.

Involving spouse, family members, and others is critical in helping someone with addiction stay in treatment and avoid relapse.

This can include changing patterns of everyday living to make it easier to avoid destructive behavior, offering to participate in counseling with your loved one, seeking your own therapist and recovery support, and knowing what to do if relapse occurs.


How to Perform an Intervention

How to Perform an Intervention



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