5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make When Staging an Intervention


If you have a loved one who has been struggling with addiction, you may have decided to move forward with staging an intervention. Interventions have been proven to be very successful, especially if done correctly. There are many preparations you want to ensure before staging an intervention, to make it the most productive and beneficial for everyone involved. The following are some key actions that could compromise the success of the intervention:

  1. Attempting to host it on your own, without the help of a professional. As confirmed by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), an addiction professional can suggest the best approach, consider circumstances surrounding your loved one’s substance use, and provide guidance as to what type of treatment and follow-up plan would work best for them. When you host the intervention, your loved one may initially feel defensive or “cornered” – having a professional there can also help your loved one to feel supported.
  2. Staging an intervention when your loved one is under the influence. If your loved one is under the influence when the intervention is to be taking place, it’s important to reschedule for another day when they are sober. Your loved one will not accurately be able to think and make decisions unless this occurs.
  3. Allowing your feelings to take over during the intervention. For your loved one to hear your concerns, the message you send needs to be clear and concise. Emotions such as anger and sadness can shake up this message, making it more difficult for you to communicate the seriousness of the situation to your loved one.
  4. Not following through with any consequences you establish. In hosting the intervention, you may need to set harsh consequences, such as cutting them off, if your loved one does not comply with seeking treatment. Not following through with these promises shows your loved one that they can continue their addictive behavior with no consequence.
  5. Not rehearsing or planning what you want to say. During an intervention, you may lose your train of thought as your emotions creep in. Practicing or having notes can help you to say everything that your loved one needs to hear.

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