People with addictions may be in denial that they have a problem. An intervention is a carefully planned process—done with the help of a clinician or an intervention specialist—where a group of loved ones talk to the person about their addiction.
Often, group members will have a list of boundaries they will enact if the person doesn’t agree to receive treatment. For instance, a roommate may say they will move out or a friend may set a boundary that the person can’t drink around them.
While these can seem harsh, they are often an attempt at showing support by not enabling the person with addiction. In general, interventions ideally should come from a place of support and care. While people may be angry about their loved one’s behavior, it’s recommended to speak as calmly as possible. It’s also important to use “I” statements to avoid sounding accusatory and making the person feel defensive.
An intervention specialist can help keep the group on track, and mediate if emotions are running too high. Before the intervention, a professional can help the group plan it so that it’s more likely to be successful. A hasty intervention can make things worse. However, when carefully planned, an intervention can help the person recognize that they have support in entering recovery.
If you or a loved one are struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder, there is hope. Amatus Recovery Centers offers high-quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in facilities across the country. Our staff—many of whom are in recovery themselves—will help you build a great life in recovery. Call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.