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www.interventionsondemand.com -Her commitment to her clients is to provide creative solutions that are easily accessed for today’s busy world. For the majority of her adult life, Linda has been teaching, counselling and coaching adults in a variety of settings including lectures, discussion groups, seminars, classroom teaching, tutoring and one-on-one coaching. Linda is passionate about personal development with the values of fairness and respect that were instilled in Linda by her grandparents.

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An intervention is a structured conversation between loved ones and an addict, often supervised by an intervention specialist.
Successful interventions can help loved ones of an addict express their feelings constructively.
If simply talking to the person with the problem doesn’t work, a group intervention is an effective next step. Interventions also show addicts how their actions affect those they care about. The goal is to help the person struggling get into addiction recovery and rehabilitation.

When to Intervene for a Loved One
It can be hard to approach someone struggling with addiction. Although friends or loved ones mean well, they might not know what to say. The addicted person might also deny that they have a drug or alcohol problem, making open conversation difficult.
Outward signs someone is struggling might include:
Secretive behavior
Borrowing money
Aggressive behavior
Deterioration of physical appearance
Lack of energy or motivation
Problems at work or school
Health issues
Many people with an addiction also struggle with other problems, like depression and eating disorders.
Intervention specialists can help direct conversation to address these co-occurring disorders.
How to Stage an Intervention

Find an Intervention Specialist

The first step in staging an intervention is contacting an intervention specialist. The intervention professional will keep communication between the parties moving. Intervention specialists help addicted people break their cycle of denial. An intervention specialist is essential to staging a successful intervention.
Confronting an addict alone can actually make matters worse. He or she may become stubborn and not accept any help. Interventions should never be attempted by family and friends alone.

Form Your Intervention Group

Once on board, the enlisted professional helps family and friends create an intervention strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for staging an intervention. These specialists work with intervening parties to address their loved ones’ specific needs. Some people who might help convince a loved one to start rehab include parents, siblings, spouses or partners, co-workers and close friends.
Some intervention groups might consider including the addict’s children, grandparents and other elderly family members. However, children and elderly family members must be prepared for intense moments during the confrontation.

Learn and Rehearse

Next, an intervention specialist will educate participating members in addiction and addiction recovery. Knowledge and compassion help provide insights the intervention party can use to convince someone they need help. Friends and family must rehearse and prepare for the intervention with their intervention specialist.
Someone struggling with drug abuse or addiction might not see how their actions affect others. Addiction changes brain chemistry, causing users to put drug abuse above all else. Friends and family can help trigger a “moment of clarity” by describing ways the addicted person has hurt them. These stories should be pre-written and reviewed by intervening members before the intervention.

Choose an Intervention Meeting Place and Time

As a general rule, the space where the intervention is held should be familiar and non-threatening. This puts the addicted person more at ease during the intervention. It’s also important to try to schedule a meeting time when the loved one will be sober. Interventions often last between a half hour and 90 minutes, but there is no mandatory time period.

Be Prepared for Anything

You cannot control or predict how your loved one will react when confronted. Intervention specialists have professional experience calming hostile environments. Their presence is essential to keeping interventions as peaceful and productive as possible. If your loved one’s reaction to being confronted endangers the intervention party, call 911 immediately.
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