How To Do An Intervention That Works

Setting up and having an intervention for a family member or loved one can seem like a pretty straight forward process, but setting up a successful one that will result in an easy transition for your loved one to enter treatment is not always so smooth.  Making the necessary preparations and having all of the details worked out prior to the event is what really makes an intervention successful.

Preparation and Support

 The first step to setting up a successful intervention is gathering the people for the intervention that are supportive to the family member or loved one who needs help.  Requesting that they attend or even simply having the conversation that the intervention will be taking place is the beginning of figuring out a plan for the whole process to take place and what may be needed by those individuals.

Having a pre-intervention meeting with everyone involved is a good way to ensure that all are on the same page about their roles in the process.  All of the necessary tasks and roles for the intervention should be worked out during the pre-intervention meeting so that the process comes together seamlessly.  Having a professional interventionist on hand for both the pre-intervention meeting and the actual event itself is a solid way to iron out all of the details that are needed for a proper intervention.

Major details such as finding the initial setting for the intervention should be handled at the pre-intervention meeting, as well as where the loved one could end up going for treatment.  In order to have a pre-planned treatment admission though, you will need to have the loved one’s insurance information as well as basic demographics.  If the person who is in need for treatment does not have insurance, then finances should be discussed with any prospective treatment center prior to the intervention so there is no delay with an admission post intervention.

The Intervention

The actual intervention may not seem like a process that needs to be planned, but to have a successful engagement for the loved one, a lot of planning must be outlined for the event.  Supportive family members and friends who are attending the intervention should come prepared with letters or hand-written explanations as to why they want their loved one to get help.

Family members should not hold back from really saying what they want to in order to let their loved one really feel how they feel.  Emotions and tears are all too common during an intervention, but this is supposed to be an extreme event where family members and friends must express serious concern for the person in need of treatment, so they can begin to understand why they need help for themselves.

The end of intervention will take place when the loved one has heard what everyone has to say and agrees that they are ready for help.  A successful intervention will result in the loved one being ready to get help right then and there.  This is why having transportation and accommodations made for the loved one is so important prior to the event.  There should not be any delay from when a person agrees that they need help to when they actually go get help.

If someone needs to pack a bag of clothes for the loved one, this should be done by one of the family members or friends so that the transition from the intervention to treatment remains seamless.  A lot can change quickly in a person’s mind from the time they say they are ready to get help to the time they actually get the help they need, so any delay in getting the loved one to the treatment that they have agreed to should be avoided at all cost.

In Conclusion

If you are planning to have an intervention for a loved one or a family member then remember that these can be very time sensitive and fragile events.  Seeking out professional help from a treatment center or interventionist is a great way to ensure that the intervention that takes place will work.  Before attempting to organize an intervention for a loved one or a family member, it may be worthwhile to try and discuss your concerns with a professional who might be able to guide you on getting the help for the loved one that you are looking for.

A formal intervention may be avoidable altogether if a treatment professional has been sought out and gets involved early enough with your concerns for your loved one.  Don’t hesitate to contact one of our treatment professionals at Civiq Health right away if you need help for your loved one.