People who struggle with addiction are often in denial and unwilling to seek treatment. Their family and friends want them to stop abusing drugs and alcohol but they don’t know what to do. Simply demanding they stop or reprimanding them rarely works. Often, a more structured approach is required. They may need a formal intervention.

Interventions should be meticulously planned. Choose a team of people—usually friends and relatives—and once you have the team assembled set a date and location. Work together to present a consistent, rehearsed message and a structured plan. Your chances of success increase if you get a person with experience involved. A professional interventionist will consider your family’s particular circumstances, suggest the best approach, and help guide you in what kind of treatment and follow-up plan is likely to work best for your loved one.

If you’re unsure where to find an interventionist, give Diamond IOP a call. We can refer you to a legitimate interventionist in your area. Don’t postpone to get help for your loved one. If you are certain that your relative, spouse, or friend needs help to beat an addiction, explore treatment options now—before it’s too late.

Addiction tears families apart and can kill the person with the substance use disorder. Don’t negotiate with the person in active addiction during the intervention and try to contain any strong emotional responses you might have to your loved one’s behavior.

You may discuss the toll of your loved one's behavior while still expressing care and the expectation that he or she can change. Stick to your plan and present your loved one with a treatment option. Ask to accept that option on the spot.

Plan follow-ups. The intervention is just the beginning. Involving a spouse, parent, other family members, or friends is critical to help someone with an addiction stay in treatment and avoid a relapse. At Diamond IOPs, any adult member of the patient’s support system is invited to participate in our Family Night sessions.  

Addiction is a family disease that is not easy to beat, but there is no reason to lose hope. Recovery is possible.