How to Stage a Substance Abuse Intervention to Help Your Friend Recover


Remember Intervention?

If you’ve never caught an episode of this A&E docuseries, all you need to know is that it profiles personalities with different types of addiction. As the name implies, there’s an intervention, which is prepared ahead of time.

What’s amazing about this show is its success rate. 270 out 276 (98.7 percent) of the subjects profiled agreed to go into treatment. And 55 percent remained clean and sober after a year.

The bad news is, it’s off the air now. This means that if you’re looking to stage a substance abuse intervention for a loved one, you’ll need to do it without the help of a TV show.

But don’t worry. Here’s how you can stage an intervention for a family member or friend who is struggling with addiction.

Consult a Specialist

Addiction intervention isn’t as simple as talking to an addict. If it’s only that, then a lot more people who are struggling with drug dependence or abuse would get themselves into rehab asap. 

An intervention is a structured process and requires the help of a specialist. Not only will a specialist help you come up with a plan, but he or she can also help you arrange treatment for the addicted person. 

Form Your Intervention Team

You can read all the “how to have an intervention” articles online, but you’re still going to have a hard time finding one that recommends you to do it alone.

As we’ve said earlier, you need to consult an intervention specialist. Or look into Intervention Programs for Drug Addicts.

If you go for the latter option, you can be sure the facility that offers the program will send their own intervention specialist to help. This specialist will ask you to form a team consisting of family and friends who are best suited to convince the addicted person to start rehab.

Get Ready

Once the intervention team is formed, the specialist will prep everyone by providing as much information as needed and helping the team rehearse.

Yes, rehearsals are key to a successful intervention. You can’t go in and confront the addicted person and just say what’s on your mind. 

The intervention specialist will also ask everyone in the team to write impact statements.

Your impact statements should detail how the addicted person’s condition has affected you personally. But they should never be about trying to hurt the addicted person back or shaming him or her into going to rehab.

Stick to the Plan

A good intervention plan will make sure the right place and time have been chosen for the event. If it doesn’t go as expected – with the addicted person refusing help or treatment, make sure to follow through. 

Stand by your statements. Keep the promises you’ve made. And don’t hesitate to stage a second intervention.

Need More Information on Substance Abuse Intervention?

If you have a loved one who needs substance abuse intervention, gey as much information as you can about addiction. This will help you understand what the addicted person is going through and give you insights you can use for when you’re writing your impact statements.

That said, don’t forget to check out our other posts on addiction and recovery!