Addiction not only affects the people struggling with it, but it hurts people’s loved ones. No one wants to watch someone they care for hurt. So, often family and friends will try to intervene. And with 3,000 projected deaths because of drug deaths in 2018, it’s important to help someone before it’s too late. Here are some useful tips for staging an intervention:
Make a Plan
Before the intervention takes place, it’s important that all those involved make a plan. Focus on how the person’s behavior while addicted has affected you. Also, it may be in your best interest to talk to a professional counselor. Keep in mind, the person who the intervention is designed to help may not be ready to hear what you have to say. Therefore, it can become a very tense event. A professional can help keep things on the right track.
Similarly, you should think ahead to the event. Don’t think you’ll just speak from the heart during the intervention. Instead, it’s wise to write down what you intend to say. Again, this is a very intense situation. Emotions often get the best of us. If you write down what you want to talk about, it can help you express more clearly what you want to say.
Who to Invite
And another critical aspect is who to invite when staging the intervention. For starters, you don’t want to have someone there that the person dislikes. This may cause the message to not be heard. With this in mind, avoid inviting anyone that has their own uncontrolled issue. If another person you know is struggling with drug addiction, they may not be the best person to help get the message across. Have people at the intervention that are ready to work together, in a constructive manner, to help your loved one seek help.
Staging an intervention is a challenge, but it can help your loved one get on the road to recovery.