Watching a loved one lose themselves to an addiction can be very difficult to watch. However, here at Addiction Clinics UK, we have a range of rehabilitation centres that can offer intervention options.

And on this page, we will give an overview of how to prepare for addiction intervention, what typically happens and how to prepare. Although we really do advise you to get personalised advice through one of our rehabilitation centres.


Contact us today for help and advise with addiction interventions.


How To Prepare For An Addiction Intervention

An intervention is much more than a heart to heart conversation. Because addiction can be hard to initially acknowledge so a more concentrated conversation may be required.

During an intervention family members and close friends will gather to discuss how their alcohol or drug problem has developed into needing addiction treatment. Each person will detail specific negative behaviours and how that has impacted them and any fears they may have.

You can also use this time to offer any ultimatums if your loved one refuses to accept help. As these are not going to be easy conversations it is important that you prepare your own emotions so you can handle theirs.


How To Plan An Intervention

Before you can conduct an intervention you must first plan with everyone that is going to be involved.

It is also recommended that you have a professional interventionist present. They can help with the organisation of the meeting. Or act as an unbiased third party to help manage any uncomfortable emotions that may arise during the process.

They can also help with the transition from the intervention to a treatment facility. If this has been previously arranged.

Once you have decided who will be present at the intervention you must plan what each person will say. It is easier to share your feelings if you have a rehearsed message to say.

You will then need to plan a time and location. The location needs to be safe and secure and preferably known to the person you are intervening.

If you already know the general severity and what your loved one is addicted to you may begin researching appropriate rehabilitation programmes and start the admission process.

Before the intervention, you must also decide on ultimatums you may present to your loved one. They have to move out if they don’t accept help for example.

It is very important that your loved one is not aware that an intervention is happening until it begins, they shouldn’t have any time to prepare excuses or avoid the interaction completely.


Who Should Be There During An Intervention?

At an intervention, you will normally have between 4 and 6 people. But it is important they are the right people.

The group chosen should be friends and family that have been directly affected by the addicted person. There are people that should never be included in an intervention:

  • Anyone the addict doesn’t like.
  • Anyone with an unmanaged mental health condition.
  • Anyone with their own addiction issue.
  • Anyone who cannot control what they say.
  • Anyone you believe may try to sabotage the intervention.


How To Get Professional Support For Holding An Intervention

As previously stated it is important to have professional intervention specialists because they can help with organisation, next steps and making sure you have a successful intervention.

All of our rehabilitation centres can provide advice and support and can help you get your loved one into a treatment centre. Or contact us and we will find the most appropriate centre and begin the process of helping your loved one who is struggling with addiction.