f you are planning an intervention, you may have many questions about how to go about planning the intervention in the most effective way possible. You don’t want this to go poorly. There are a million things that can go wrong in an intervention so you want to make sure that you are fully prepared for everything that could go wrong.

The first thing you want to do is to find an addiction specialist or a professional therapist that will be able to help you have an intervention. He or she will also be able to help you identify the goals, consequences, and possible treatment options that will come up in the intervention. A good intervention always contains:

  • An identification of the problem
  • A following through of consequences
  • Options available for treatment

After you hire an interventionist, you need to plan your intervention. This step should not be skipped. Your intervention specialist will help you to determine exactly what needs to be said and how to say it. This is going to vary depending on your unique circumstances and the situation of your loved one who is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.

After you have hired your interventionist and planned, the only thing left to do is have the actual intervention. There are several things you want to keep in mind.

Set and respect boundaries

You need to be firm with your loved one by establishing the rules and boundaries that they need to follow. This may mean that you will no longer support them financially. This may mean that you will no longer stay with your spouse if he or she is not willing to get help. Find out the best boundaries to set and do not back down.

Offer treatment options

It could be that your loved one is in need of rehabilitation. He or she may be in need of inpatient services or outpatient services. Get all of the information beforehand so that you can offer them clear options. All they have to do is say yes and accept the help.

Be loving and supportive but firm

You want to be clear about the rules and boundaries, but you also want to let them know that they have your love and support. If they feel like you are all ganging up on them, it may cause more harm than good. You need to let them know you are only doing this because you care about them.