It is such a painful experience to see your loved one wallow in addiction. Addiction is a mental illness that can be hard to overcome. Your loved ones may be trying their best, but every time they relapse. We cannot and shouldn’t blame them. Instead, we should join forces with over 35 million people who suffer from drug use disorders. Our support will be a huge boost and a source of motivation for these people to turn their lives around. But how exactly do we go about this? Are there experts that can help these people way better? If you are asking yourself these questions, you have a valid reason to do so. However, even in our small capacities, we can play a significant role. Oceanfront Recovery can help you learn how to plan and how to stage an intervention, so your loved one finds the addiction treatment program they need.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention is an event where close friends and/or relatives of an addict come together to help the addict. The event has two broad objectives. First, to make the addict understand that they have a problem and second, to make the addict realize that the people are there to help them.
This process should be carefully planned. The discussions by the relatives of the addict should follow the same script. It is, therefore, crucial for the supporting members to meet and discuss what they will say before the event. Members should avoid spontaneity during the discussions as they can inadvertently discourage the addict by what they say.
How to Stage an Intervention
Staging an intervention is a step-wise process. The first thing to establish is whether you will do it independently or ask a professional interventionist to help you out. Once you decide on that, you will need to form an intervention team.
You can then follow these steps to stage an intervention:
- Gather Information and Make Plans: At this point, the team will need to collect information on the addict’s extent of substance use and their addiction level. The team should also gather information on the available rehabilitation programs. Using the collected information, the team can design an event schedule for the whole process.
- Write Impact Statements and Offer Help: Impact statements contain information about how addiction affects every member of the team. The statements will help the addict understand their struggles affects everyone. So, every member must have their statement. In addition to the statements, members should also indicate how they can offer help to the addict.
- Set Boundaries and Rehearse: Setting boundaries involves making it clear that if the addict refuses treatment, there will be consequences. Members will commit to ending enabling behavior that promotes the addiction. Members should then rehearse, in the absence of the addict, on what they will say.
- Manage Expectations and Follow Up: It is not automatic that the addict will accept your help. Prepare for any reception from the addict- whether positive or negative. If the addict refuses, follow up on the consequences in the impact statement. If they accept, it becomes crucial to uphold everything members declared in the impact statement.
Addiction Treatment at Oceanfront Recovery
Oceanfront Recovery has multiple addiction treatment programs and centers to help addicts enjoy a life long recovery. Some of these include:
- Executive rehab center: This is a rehab center that caters to people who prefer discretion. It has adjustments to meet the productivity and discreet needs of the client
- Mental health treatment program: Addiction is a mental health issue. This program tackles your addiction from a mental health perspective
- Dual diagnosis treatment program: Addiction can lead to the development of other mental illnesses. The program diagnoses and treats both the addiction and the related illnesses
- Aftercare treatment program: This is a support program. It ensures that you maintain your sobriety after leaving the facility
Knowing how to stage an intervention successfully can motivate addicts to seek treatment. A good step towards this recovery is to enroll the addict to a mental health facility. They will get the best treatment for their conditions. If you have an addict who needs help, contact Oceanfront Recovery via (877) 279-1777. We can help them to regain their track in life.