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The 6 Step Intervention Checklist


If your child or loved one has an addiction but is refusing to seek help or confront their addiction, it may be time to stage an intervention. A drug or alcohol intervention occurs when a group of family members and friends join together to meet with the person they believe needs to get help to combat their addiction. During this meeting, family members and loved ones will attempt to show their loved one the effect their addiction has had on the people in their life and the seriousness of their addiction.

The goal of an intervention is often to convince the addicted individual to seek treatment for their addiction so that they can begin on the road to recovery. In order for an intervention for addiction to be successful, it must be carefully planned and executed to achieve the desired result. To help you begin to plan an intervention for an addicted loved one, we have compiled an intervention checklist to guide you as you plan and stage an intervention.

How to Conduct a Successful Intervention

Conducting a successful intervention involves much more planning and research than simply gathering a group of friends and family into a room. Rather, it is a complex process that must be navigated with caution and care. A poorly executed intervention can sometimes backfire and drive an individual deeper into their addiction, so it is important to be patient during the planning process and to make decisions with great care. While specific details of the intervention will vary on a case-by-case basis, below are the high-level steps that must be taken to conduct a successful intervention.

1. Devise a Plan

An intervention may begin with several friends or family members or only one individual, but to stage a successful intervention the first step that needs to happen is that a plan must be formulated. The individual, or groups of individuals, who decided there was a need for an intervention must seek out other friends or family members who would be willing to participate in an intervention. Once this group is formed, the next step is to reach out to an accredited treatment center that specializes in assisting with interventions.

A treatment center that specializes in facilitating interventions will be able to provide a qualified professional to attend the intervention to mediate and guide it. This professional may be an intervention specialist, psychologist, mental health professional, or a professional counselor. This professional guidance will help inform the process and significantly increase the likelihood of having a successful intervention.

2. Ascertain the Severity of the Addiction

Each person within the addicted individual’s life may have different insights into their addiction, and by getting together and discussing the collective experiences it will be easier to compile a complete picture of how severe the addiction is. This will drive which treatment option is the end goal of the intervention.

3. Find the Right Recovery Program

Once a cohesive picture has been attained of how severe the addiction is, the next step is to find the right recovery option. During the intervention, this recovery program will be presented as the step the group feels is best to help the addicted individual begin on the road to recovery. This step will require time and research to select the most suitable treatment option.

4. Document and Share Feelings

Prior to the intervention, it is helpful for each person participating in the intervention to write down what they want to say to their loved one and for all intervention participants to meet and read what they have written. It is important for the tone of the intervention to be supportive rather than combative, and this process allows for friends and family members to give and receive feedback on what they have written so that the intervention flows smoothly and remains focused.

5. Establish Consequences

Prior to the intervention, it is important for each person to develop a set of consequences, and collective consequences for the entire group, that will be invoked if the addicted individual rejects the intervention and does not seek treatment for their addiction. For example, if they choose not to get the help they need, this may mean that they need to find other housing or that they will no longer be able to actively involved in their child’s life.

6. Pick a Date, Time, and Location

Once all of these items have been completed, the final item remaining on the checklist is to select a date, time, and location for the intervention. The setting should be quiet, private, and calming. The addicted individual should not know they are attending an intervention when they are invited. Coordinate amongst the group of family members and friends, as well as the professional resource helping, to make sure that the details work for all involved.

If you are thinking about staging an intervention for your loved one who is struggling with an addiction it is important to do your research and speak to a professional. If you have additional questions about interventions, contact Luminance Recovery today. Luminance Recovery is an addiction treatment center in Orange County and our trained professionals can answer any questions you have about interventions.

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