Always Remember Who it is You are Trying to Save
Prior to the intervention, you should take some time to remind yourselves of the person you are wanting to save. Look beyond their addiction and recall their personality prior to substance abuse. The individual you know and love is still in there, but is trapped under layers of defeat, guilt, and addiction. The intervention requires the ability to get through to the heart of the addict and reach the person underneath. This may only be for a moment, but that will be the moment when they agree to go to treatment. Remember how much you love the person and why you are doing this. To do this successfully, part of the preparation is planning for all the foreseeable objections, which are the obstacles and barriers the addict will throw up during the intervention. The preparation process also involves being prepared for any possible reaction. During the intervention, you will see your loved throw a fit of rage, cry, become emotional, and possibly even say horrible things to the people there. It is important to be prepared for any reaction from the addicted person, and the interventionist will help the family with this.
Can a family prepare for addiction intervention without the help of an interventionist?
Much of this will depend on the education the family will give themselves leading up to the intervention. There is a significant amount of planning and preparation that goes into any intervention, and certified intervention specialists are qualified to help a family become prepared for everything that will come. Newman Intervention offers extensive resources to help any family and has courses a family can do to prepare for an intervention. The goal is to save the addicted person’s life and work with experts in the field who can help the family accomplish this. The family must also be prepared to hang in there for the long-term. An intervention has the potential to last for more than one day and the time-line can vary. The addict may have found a way to take off and avoid the intervention, but the family must stay dedicated to helping their loved one get the treatment they need.