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You want to help them, but where do you start?

 When someone has a disorder related to abuse or addiction, their thoughts may eventually become distorted. Their personality and demeanor may no longer resemble what they used to; the individual will do anything to satisfy a craving, despite the impact that the action might have on their relationships and personal lives.

If you have a loved one that is suffering from substance abuse disorder or is showing other types of destructive behavior that would benefit from medical attention, a good place to start might be hosting an intervention with help from family and friends.

Holding a successful intervention requires following certain steps and tips to avoid the person from feeling overwhelmed or attacked. So how can one ensure that it will result in a loved one getting help?


What Is An Intervention?

An intervention is a meeting that is planned by family and friends to encourage an individual to get help for a disorder, addiction, or other issues. They may not recognize they have a problem until approached about it, so the intervention must be organized and conducted carefully.

This can be a heavy task for those who don’t have experience with interventions, so we recommend getting help from a professional interventionist. Once you inform them about the individual, your relationship, and what you’re trying to do for them, the interventionist should be able to assist you in creating a thorough plan or conducting the event.

The key thing to remember what interventions are designed for: is that interventions are educating and showing love. It is about the individual the event is for, nobody else. The main focus is on helping them take a step to get the help they need.


How to Host An Intervention

Once you decide that you want to hold an intervention, take the following next steps:

  • Get people to help you. Who will be there? Surround your loved one with family and friends who give off positive energy.
  • Plan & Prepare. Gather all the info you need to properly host. Prepare statements regarding what you’d like to say to your loved one during the intervention.
  • Offer Resources. After you do your research, print it out — this way, you can provide the individual with what they’ll need to move forward (contact information for a rehabilitation center, etc.)
  • Set Boundaries. Before the intervention, establish boundaries with the individual. They may have an unexpected reaction, so it’s important to set the lines you need to protect yourself and your loved one.
  • If the event isn’t completely organized, it most likely won’t go well. Rehearse with all participants before conducting the intervention.
  • Follow Up. This step comes after the intervention. Keep in touch with the individual and any rehabilitation centers to ensure that they’re receiving help and moving forward.


Intervention Do’s & Don’ts

Need a few more tips? Here are some things you definitely should and should not do during an intervention.


  • Focus on the positive
  • Offer further assistance
  • Show love and support
  • Stay strong
  • Be honest


  • Blame them for anything
  • Label them or diagnose them
  • Bring too many people
  • Get upset or angry
  • Bring up past issue


Surround Them With Support

Once you’re aware of the prep and tactics that go behind staging and intervention, you should be all set to start. As long as you’re organized and in the right mindset to surround the individual with love, chances are that they may respond positively and get help.

For assistance with detoxing and next steps, consider rehabilitation at Silver Pines Treatment Center. Call an admissions coordinator today 844-237-5762 for more information about holding an intervention and moving forward with supporting a loved one.