What is intervention?
An intervention is a dialog between a drug or alcohol addict and the addict’s family or loved ones. Often, these conversations are supervised by a specialist who directs the conversation in the right direction. The purpose of an intervention is to allow the addict and family members express themselves in a productive manner.
Why intervention is important?
Intervention is one of the most important steps for rehabilitation. It is important to have a structured dialogue to prevent the interaction from degrading into blaming, arguing, and yelling. It may get very difficult to convince the addict to express himself or herself again. An open conversation that goes in the right direction will produce the right results and guide the addict towards recovery.
Staging an intervention
Setting up an intervention is important to make sure that it yields the desired results.
- Setting up the intervention is important as it is not just any ordinary conversation that will start on its own. It has to be planned ahead of time and the parties to the intervention (addict and his or her loved ones) need to be taken into confidence that it is important for them to participate in it.
- The most crucial step of staging an intervention is to find an intervention specialist who will direct the structured conversation. Intervention specialists will also help push the dialogue further in case of any awkward situation or a stalemate. It is the role of the intervention specialist to make sure that both parties feel confident in that they are not the ones who are being subjected to undue pressure.
- Both parties should be encouraged to make notes of what they are going to say. This helps the intervention specialist in knowing how he or she is going to direct the course of dialogue. Notes also help in deciding how the desired outcomes will be achieved and how to determine what’s going on in the minds of the involved people.
- Deciding on a neutral meeting place is important so that both parties are comfortable in that meeting place. If either one of the parties is uncomfortable, they will not be able to talk freely about their feelings openly.
- Have a backup plan ready that in case things go unplanned or become violent. Decide ahead of time what should be done to counter the situation and its negative effects.
- Setting up a follow up meeting is important. No matter what results from the initial meeting, it is important to follow up with constructive goals.