Interventions can be an incredibly powerful tool to help a loved one struggling with addiction, mental illness, or other destructive behaviors. They are carefully planned conversations with the goal of inspiring the individual to seek help and begin their journey toward recovery. However, interventions can be emotionally charged, and it can be difficult to know what to say to a loved one who is resistant to change.
You might be uncomfortable and uncertain of what to say when you come together to confront someone and encourage them to seek help. That’s why planning and preparing for the intervention are important. Be careful with what you say and how you say it to maximize its effectiveness.
In this blog, we will explore some of the things that can be discussed during an intervention:
Begin the conversation with love and compassion, expressing your concern for their well-being and your desire to help. Let them know that they are not alone and that you care about them. Avoid using judgmental language or blaming them for their problems. Instead, focus on expressing your support and your hope for their future.
Be sure to tell them precisely what you’ve noticed and what concerns you. Use specific examples to illustrate your point, and avoid making generalizations. For example, instead of saying, “You drink too much,” say, “I noticed you had three drinks last night and were stumbling when you got home.”
Being specific and clear will help your loved one see the impact their behavior is having on those around them.
One of the most potent features of an intervention is the ability to stress the detrimental effects of your loved one’s behavior. During the intervention, discuss how their actions have impacted your relationship, finances, health, or any other aspect of their life that is important to them.
By pointing out the real-life consequences of their behavior, you can help them see the need for change.
Highlight both the positive aspects of change and the detrimental effects of their behavior. Talk about the advantages they will gain from seeking help, such as better health, enduring relationships, and a better future.
At the end of the intervention, it’s essential to encourage your loved one to seek help. Offer to accompany them to a treatment center or to help them find the resources they need. Let them know that you will be there for them every step of the way.
Your loved one may be ready to seek help immediately, or they may need time to consider their options. They may also become defensive or even angry. Whatever their response, remember to remain calm, supportive, and non-judgmental.
An intervention is a difficult but powerful tool for helping a loved one struggling with addiction or another behavioral issue. By demonstrating your love and compassion, being specific and clear, highlighting the negative effects of their behavior, emphasizing the positive effects of change, and encouraging them to seek help, you can help your loved one take the first step toward recovery.
Keep in mind that being there for your loved one and supporting them is the most important thing you can do. They can overcome their issues with the appropriate strategy and assistance. Loving someone who is an addict isn’t always easy, especially when they refuse to seek help. While it won’t be an easy road, know that you are not alone. We at Addiction Interventions are here to assist you if you ever need help.