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 Smart Intervention

 Help a loved one overcome addiction.



It's challenging to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. But when it comes to addiction, the person with the problem often struggles to see it and acknowledge it. A more focused approach is often needed. You may need to join forces with others and take action through a formal intervention.An intervention can motivate someone to seek help. Discover when to hold one and how to make it successful.

People who struggle with self destructive behaviors like alcohol abuse, drug addiction, eating disorder, anorexia, gambling, sex addiction, cyber addiction, infidelity, mental disorders, diabetes are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment.  Family members think that only hit bottom can motivate them to accept help from these self destructive behaviors and wanting help can take years.

When heart to heart talks and other attempts to help prove ineffective, staging an intervention has proven to be the best way to help the person get better. Intervention is the most convincing, powerful and successful method for helping people accept help.

In an intervention, a group of people who are important to an addict are gathered together, to make a detailed plan of action to talk with truth, love and respect in a non-confrontational and non-judgmental manner.

The goal of any intervention is to motivate the person to seek treatment in a respectful manner therefore intervention must be planned carefully to work as intended. Poorly planned intervention can worsen the situation or your loved one may feel attacked and become isolated or more resistant towards the treatment.

The solution lies in taking help from a professional counselor or an interventionist who can educate and train the group in an effective and efficient manner to accomplish the goals.

Examples of addictions that may warrant an intervention include:


-Prescription drug abuse

-Street drug abuse

-Compulsive eating

-Compulsive gambling


People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others.


An intervention presents your loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things get even worse and can motivate someone to accept help.


Intervention Process


During the intervention, these people gather together to confront the person about the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment. The intervention:


-Provides specific examples of destructive behaviors and their impact on the addicted person and loved ones.

-Offers a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps, goals and guidelines.

-Spells out how each person will be effected if a loved one refuses to accept treatment.


How does a typical intervention work?


An intervention usually includes the following steps:

Make a plan

Gather information

Form the intervention team

Decide on specific consequences

Make notes on what to say

Hold the intervention meeting

Follow up

A successful intervention must be planned carefully and under supervision to work as intended. A poorly planned intervention can worsen the situation — your loved one may feel attacked and become isolated or more resistant to treatment.


 It is important to have the professional to guide intervention to help you stay on track if your loved one:


-Has a history of serious mental illness

-Has a history of violence

-Has shown suicidal behavior or recently talked about suicide

-May be taking several mood-altering substances

-It's especially important to consult an intervention professional if you suspect your loved one may react violently or self-destructively.