The Intervention Process

Sometimes, getting an addict to seek treatment is the most challenging task of all. Many addicts don’t want to admit they have a problem, and even if they do, they may not see the need for immediate treatment. In many cases, an intervention may be necessary to save their life.

Planning is essential for a successful intervention. Enlist people involved in the addict’s life including family, close friends, and role models, as long as they are not enabling the addictive behavior. Pick a place to stage the intervention, ideally a place that the addict would go to without becoming suspicious.

Nova Vitae Treatment Center Addiction Intervention

Nova Vitae Treatment Center can help refer you or a loved one to an interventionist. When you select an interventionist, we recommend you allow them to take control of the process, including scheduling the time and place for the intervention. Let them help reduce the stress on yourself the addict’s loved ones. Before the intervention, everyone involved should meet several times and rehearse what to say and do. The interventionist may use role playing, where one person plays the addict and the others practice interacting with them and asking questions.

One suggested tactic is for each participant to write the addict a letter, then read it aloud during the intervention. The letter will describe the addict’s behaviors, outline how their addiction has been impacting their own and other’s lives negatively, and use factual statements to present the evidence clearly. Also, at least one intervention team member may write a list of actions that will no longer be enabled, tolerated, or financed should the addict refuse to enter rehab. For example, the addict may be prevented from living in the house unless they accept treatment.

After each participant has made their statement, the addict must decide whether to enter rehab or accept the consequences that have been presented. Planning is key and must be done without the addict’s knowledge.

Can an Interventionist Really Help?

Using a professional interventionist improves the odds that the addict will recognize their problem and accept treatment. Interventions are stressful and emotional and can cause feelings that have been bottled up to come to the surface, including resentment, anger, and betrayal. Be prepared to deal with these feelings, as well as resistance from the addict. A skilled interventionist can remain impartial, mediating between all parties with the end goal of helping the addict move toward a healthier life.