As it relates to substance addiction, an intervention is typically defined as the formal or informal process used to convince someone, usually a close friend, relative, or colleague, to seek professional treatment for their substance use disorder. Interventions can be a very difficult and emotional process under the best circumstances, so it is important to use professional guidance in order to minimize the additional burden of otherwise avoidable problems.
Over decades of observation and practice, professionals have gathered a number of useful tips for holding an intervention:
- Choose the Right Team: Only include those who have had a historically close and positive relationship with the addicted person
- Use a Professional Interventionist: This is especially recommended if the addicted person has a mental health disorder
- Choose the Right Place: Despite widespread depiction in popular culture that interventions should be held at a home, a more formal setting, like a therapist’s office or conference room, is usually advised
- Find the Right Time: Try to choose a time that the addicted individual is most likely to be sober to limit hostile reactions
- Choose the Right Order: With the help of the professional intervention and input of the group, try to choose the team member the addicted person will be most receptive to as the first speaker
- Practice: Hold full rehearsals with one team member “playing” the addicted individual to practice responding to different scenarios in real time
- Watch Your Body Language: Make sure your body language is open and welcoming; don’t cross your arms or legs & keep a warm expression
- Stay on Script: The risk that unrehearsed comments will backfire is too high to be worthwhile
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