If someone you care about is dealing with an alcohol problem, staging a family intervention may be a good idea. An intervention is a confrontation with a specific purpose. The objective is to make the addicted person realize that need to get professional help. A family intervention will probably be one of the toughest things your family has to deal with together. Emotions and tempers will be high. The person who the intervention is for will definitely be defensive to put it mildly. However, interventions have been shown to be effective if done right.
Before you start, you need some intervention information. You should seek the advice of a professional to get ideas about structuring your family intervention. Set up a meeting with a counselor or therapist who specializes in addictions to get a guideline.
Next, you need to contact other family members who you think will be good participants. It is important that you only invite family members who will be able to keep calm. You don’t want too big of a group either. You family intervention should include no more than seven people. Larger groups usually turn chaotic. There should also be no children there.
Next you need to have a talk in which every family member is a part of in which everyone talks about their concerns and what they are hoping for. This is good time for people to practice what they will say to their family member once the intervention is underway. This isn’t impromptu and you should know exactly what you are going to say. Clear rules need to be established and everyone should abide by them.
There is more to an intervention than just getting the chance to tell someone how much they are screwing up. During an intervention, the person needs to be faced with a choice. The majority of the time, the choice the addict is faced with is going into rehab but there can be other choices. You also have to let the family member who is dealing with addiction know that there will be consequence if they do not make the choice you want them to.
Some common consequences include: loss of financial support, divorce and incarceration. It is very important that you stick to your guns when making threats. In fact, it is a good idea to only have a family intervention if you are serious about enforcing some tough love. Not following through with what you said is very detrimental and will hamper any future attempts to help you family member.
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