Planning An Alcohol Intervention – Tips & Tricks

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A family member or loved one in need of an alcohol intervention is seriously addicted to something that is harmful to both themselves and those around them. If you have attempted to communicate your feeling on the topic with the alcoholic and have been met with resistance, an intervention may be the best means to deal with the situation. In the following entry, we will offer up a few steps to help you plan out a successful family intervention with us.

Step 1 – Do your research. The more you know about alcoholism, the better prepared you will be to combat it. Take a peek at our web articles and blogs. Get in touch with one of our treatment specialists and discuss the situation at hand to obtain a better understanding of the alcoholic’s condition. The more information of have on your side, the less room your loved one will have to turn to denial and excuses.

Step 2 – We will obtain the help of one of our experienced intervention specialist to help you with the planning process. Our professionals will be able to help you organize your intervention, while providing tips on how to approach the individual in question. They will act as both a moderator and authority figure during the meeting and pre-intervention, offering guidance, support and understanding to intervention participants.

Step 3 – Draw up a clear action plan. Treatment should begin directly following an acceptance of help, moving the alcoholic from the intervention to the treatment facility. Have a suitcase pre-packed and your travel arrangements made well in advance. This will help avoid any potential excuses the addict may come up with.

Step 4 – As for the intervention party, make sure to select only close friends, family members and religious leaders to participate. You want the alcoholic to feel as comfortable as possible during the intervention. Inviting someone who negatively contributes to the addiction or who lacks a vested interest in the addict’s recovery is never a good idea.

Step 5 –  Participants are encouraged to remain calm throughout the process, while communicating in a loving manner. Most intervention specialists will request that participants pre-write letters to the addict to avoid getting off track. Participants will take turns reading the letters aloud before requesting that the alcoholic accept the help that is being offered.

Step 6 – Stay positive!  Regardless of the outcome, and intervention is always a catalyst for change. Breathe, cry, laugh, love and hope for the best.

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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