Understanding Intervention - February 26, 2017

During an intervention, the person who is abusing drugs or alcohol and the people who are directly affected by that abuse meet face to face. An intervention may be staged at home, or you can get help from a professional interventionist to help mitigate the risks that may be present.
Interventions can backfire, plain and simple. The last thing you want and the substance abuser need to feel like everyone is against them and that they have no allies. A trained professional can help reduce these risks and keep the intervention from going sour.

Sometimes Intervention Doesn’t Work
\An intervention is hard for everyone involved, and emotions may run high. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is step back and let everyone regroup. Don’t make threats that you won’t follow through on, and don’t make anyone feel trapped.

Even though you may feel hurt and betrayed, an intervention is not the time to point fingers and lay blame. You and every else involved must stay as calm as possible. Write your thoughts down before the intervention and bring them with you. Stay calm and stay focused. Be specific when talking about incidents and issues and talk more about how you feel then what they are doing.

If the intervention doesn’t go as planned or you believe it failed, reconnect with the substance user and assure them of your love and support. This doesn’t mean that placate them or tell them you didn’t mean what you said, just assure them you are there for them no matter what they chose to do.