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Successful Intervening: 5 Tips on How to Hold an Intervention That Works

    If you need to host an intervention for your loved one, you want to do it right. Here are 5 tips on how to hold an intervention so you get a successful result.


    You come home one day to find your husband passed out on the floor. His pulse is weak, he’s unresponsive, and he convulses for the third time in front of you. Shock’s unwavering coolness fades; panic sets in.


    This is the first of many times. Each following occurrence, your fear morphs into anger. And anger to disappointment. 


    It’s time to help your loved one. You need to hold an intervention.


    Drug addiction is blinding desperation for more drugs. People corrupted by any drug are wholly dependent on it to survive. But that survival is what is killing them.


    Recovery is hard. For the users and family or friends. You’ll need help, so here are some tips on how to curate an intervention. 


    Plan Ahead 


    People battling addiction are hard to predict. They can have sudden fits of violence or lash out verbally. 


    An important part of planning is asking yourself: what is a drug intervention? You have to know what you’re getting into. 


    It’s best to prepare yourself and any possible outcomes.


    Abusers will have one thing on their mind: escape!


    They’re not going to want to stick around to “get better, because we all love you.” If it’s gotten to the point where intervention is a necessity, their thoughts aren’t about you. 


    Have exits blocked and a strong reason for them to stay. You need to be forceful, but not overly so. Capture their interest without literally capturing them. 


    Don’t Expect Much


    As hard of a pill it is to swallow, interventions aren’t always successful. Before doing this, you gotta know this. Don’t get your hopes up for overnight recovery.


    Drug addiction is sometimes futile without medical intervention. If your intervention fails, a doctor may be needed. 


    And remember this: it’s conceited to think you have the power to change another human’s mind. You’re no snake in the Garden of Eden, only a concerned loved one. 


    Find the Right Spot to Hold an Intervention


    This one’s important. 


    You have to make the person you’re intervening feel as comfortable as can be. They should be familiar with the setting and feel at home. Your house happens to be a great place to do it.


    Do not do this publicly. 


    This can be a nonredeemable act of shaming. Society stigmatizes addiction. Doing it where everyone can see it will embarrass those in need. 


    Select Your Roster 


    You’re going to need a team of heavy-hitters. 

    These are your go-to stars. The ones you and the one in trouble can depend on. 

    The people at the intervention should be closely related and from a select group of friends. Remember, you’re trying to make them feel comfortable and at home. Familiar faces are just what they need.


    Keep Your Cool


    Do not raise tensions.


    This is a very delicate situation you’re in. Don’t forget that drugs and addiction alter moods. Your loved one is not in the right state of mind. 


    They will likely raise their voice, and they will likely get upset. Don’t let this upset you — you’re their rock here. Losing your cool will only make things worse.

    Stay calm. Stay on top of the situation. 


    They’ll Thank You


    Your loved one is in a predicament. Over encumbered by drug use and in need of help. 


    Luckily, they have you, and you’re going to hold an intervention.

    Plan for everything, but don’t expect the best outcome. Be sure to do it in a familiar, private place with loved ones. They need to be comfortable, and you need to stay calm. 


    Most importantly, remember to stay healthy and keep your loved ones in good health!