Watching a loved one battle addiction is painful, and it is difficult to know what you can do to help. You or other friends and family have likely had conversations with your loved one about their substance use and its impacts to little or no effect. The next logical step might be a group intervention. In recent years reality television has popularized interventions. However, these shows depict a narrow view of how interventions can be conducted. Addiction assessment and intervention is a critical first step in the admissions process at Spokane Falls Recovery Center.
If you want information about how to stage an intervention for a loved one, the Spokane Falls Recovery Center team is here to help. Reach out to us via our online form or call 844.962.2775.
Helpful Tips for Staging an Intervention
In an intervention, a group of people comes together to confront a loved one about their substance use disorder and encourage them to seek the help of a professional addiction treatment center. The group usually consists of family members and close friends. In certain situations, it can include work colleagues, teachers, or therapists. The most critical point about staging an intervention is that it should be a carefully planned process. Having a spontaneous intervention can lead to more harm than good.
When considering staging an intervention for a loved one, following a few basic guidelines is crucial. Foremost is to plan the intervention to occur at a time when your loved one is not likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The following are critical steps to consider:
- Get help – If you want to try an intervention, do not go at it alone. Seek help and support from friends and family as well as from an intervention professional, doctor, or addiction treatment professional.
- Form an intervention team – The team should comprise those closest to the person you are trying to help and include professional guidance whenever possible. No one on the team should be struggling with their own substance abuse issues.
- Make a specific plan – A successful intervention includes a strategic plan, including when and where it will occur and a schedule for who will speak and when.
- Gather information – Make sure that all team members are knowledgeable about substance use disorders and the recovery process. Have options about available detox and treatment programs at the ready.
- Rehearse – Those involved will likely have strong emotions. Rehearsing who will say what and when will help keep the process organized and more effective.
Unlike what happens on television shows, not all interventions result in your loved one agreeing to go into addiction treatment. Be prepared to set boundaries with your loved ones if they refuse treatment. Whether they accept treatment or not, you must uphold the statements you made in the intervention.
What to Expect from Assessment and Intervention
When you or your loved one are ready to begin treatment at Spokane Falls Recovery Center, the first step taken is a thorough intake assessment. This process enables our team to understand the nature of the addiction and determine the best course of treatment. Our brief intervention services are simply a question-and-answer session designed to encourage those who need addiction treatment services to enroll in the program best suited to their needs. We make referrals for individuals who require inpatient treatment. In addition to assessment and intervention, the services we offer include:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP0
- Addiction outpatient program (OP)
- Court-ordered treatment and legal services
- Detox services
With the help of these services, it is possible for your loved one to enter into long-term recovery.
Stage an Intervention with Spokane Falls Recovery Center
It is just as important to know what not to do and what you should do to fully understand how to stage an effective intervention for a loved one. The knowledgeable team at Spokane Falls Recovery Center is available to not only help you stage a successful intervention but provide the necessary treatment for your loved one. Contact us at 844.962.2775 to learn more.