The Intervention Process from Start to Finish
What does a typical intervention look like? Most professionally staged interventions follow the same basic outlines. At the Plymouth House all of the interventionists we work with follow the below steps when organizing the event.
Here are the steps for hosting an intervention:
Step One: at The Plymouth House
Once you explain your current circumstances, we put you on the phone with one of our intervention advisors. The advisor will make sure that an intervention is the best course of action before putting you into touch with one of our interventionists.
Step Two: Speak with one of our professional interventionists
Once we put you in touch with an interventionist, he or she will begin helping you develop a plan of action. It is important that the interventionist knows the details of each individual case as thoroughly as possible. In order to do so, he or she will ask you a series of pertinent questions. As soon as all pertinent information is gathered, then an intervention team is formed.
Step Three: Form your intervention team
This team consists of the people who are going to be present at the actual event. It is important that discretion is used. You might want to avoid inviting coworkers, classmates or second cousins, for example. Keep it small and intimate. Make sure that the intervention team is made up of very close friends and family members who have been directly impacted by the addiction, and who are in the presence of the individual in question on a regular basis.
Step Four: Set boundaries
Once the intervention team is formed, specific boundaries must be decided upon. In many cases this means letting your loved one know that if he or she decides to continue using and refuses the treatment that is offered, he or she will be cut off financially or will no longer be welcome to stay in your home. Boundaries could also include cutting off contact until he or she seeks help. As harsh as this might seem, it often proves effective. During this stage of the process, the interventionist will also help you decide on a specific rehab center.
Step Five: Pick a treatment plan
It is very important to have a treatment option ready and available for your loved one if they accept help. It is best if the individual is admitted into a medical detox or treatment center on the same day as the intervention.
Step Six: Writing letters
It is advised that each member of the intervention team write a letter to be read aloud on the day of the intervention. These notes focus on personal feelings and the way the addiction has impacted each participant. It is crucial that placing blame is avoided. The interventionist can help you determine what you want to say, and what would be useful to say. The last step, of course, is the intervention itself.
Step Seven: The Intervention
On the day of the intervention, the professional interventionist will lead the way. It can be an emotional day, but professional interventionists know how to carefully guide the conversation and process to hopefully arrive at a good outcome.