How To Plan A Family Intervention

If the need for a family intervention has arisen, the thought of confronting a close friend or loved one may have you feeling a little nervous, scared and anxious. Truth be told, an alcohol or drug intervention is never an easy event to deal with. Though the feelings can be overwhelming at times, there are ways to ease these tensions through planning, communication and a great deal of perseverance. While you may initially end up causing the recipient of a fair amount of emotional pain, it’s important to understand that in the long run, your efforts will be directed towards the greater good. In the following guide, we will walk you through a few steps to help you through the intervention planning process.

Step 1 – Get in touch with everyone that will be involved in the intervention and schedule a meeting to find out about each individual’s concerns. Though the subject matter will revolve around the individual in question, it’s important not to include them in this initial get together.

Step 2 – Seek the aid of an intervention specialist with us. Working with a professional will be able to provide you with insight and tips to help you through the planning and implementation process.

Step 3 –Plan on rehearsing the intervention with our specialist to help determine how you should receive expected opinions and responses, keep your cool and react to the responses provided. The better prepared you are to deal with potential reactions, the better the potential response and outcome.

Step 4 – Write out a list of behaviors and actions that will no longer be tolerated from the individual in question. After each item, jot down the consequences that will be incurred in cases where the individual continues to behave in the manner specified.

Step 5 – Follow-through is key in any intervention situation. It’s important to commit yourself completely to any consequences listed, avoiding empty threats at all costs.  Consequences can be as simple as a refusal to support the individual in monetary fashion or as painful as cutting off all ties. Be sure to make preparations ahead of time just in case.

Step 6 – Next, jot out a list of current and potential losses that may or may not have already been experienced due to the behaviors exhibited by the intervention subject. This list can include anything from possessions and employment to freedoms and relationships.

Step 7 – Potential treatment plans should be organized and arranged well in advance of the intervention. Such plans must be enacted directly following a positive response, and as such, it’s necessary to have your facilities, travel arrangements and financial aspects in order prior to beginning the discussion. Our intervention specialist will be able to help with all of this!

Step 8 – The individual in question should be confronted in a private room with everyone in your intervention party present. Keep a calm, composed and loving demeanor while explaining to your loved one that you are simply there to help. Once the initial shock was worn away, the intervention can begin.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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