Staging an Intervention

Helping an Addict Make the Decision to get Help

Seeing a loved one descend into the world of addiction is heart-wrenching. Timing is of the essence when it comes to getting help for a close friend or family member who is struggling with addiction. Since addiction is progressive, it will continue to worsen the longer the individual waits to get help. Not only is this disease progressive, but it is also chronic in nature which means it can easily creep back into one’s life if it is not properly treated and managed.

Before staging an intervention, there are several things to keep in mind. It’s important to remember that the individual may not take too well to the idea of attending treatment and the intervention may be overwhelming for them. Being compassionate and understanding during this time is an imperative part of a smooth recovery.

When is an Intervention Required?

There are several telltale signs that intervention is needed in order to ‘save’ the individual, as addiction also has the potential to lead to an overdose. If you confront the individual about their substance abuse habits and they deny the fact that they have an issue, it may be time to stage an intervention. It is not uncommon for individuals to be in denial about their addiction but this is also a sign that immediate help is needed.

An intervention will be essential if your loved one is exhibiting any of these signs:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Financial difficulties
  • Cannot control their addiction despite wanting to
  • In denial about their addiction
  • Lying to family and friends about their whereabouts and habits

When it comes to the intervention, those who should be present are family members and close friends of the loved one. An interventionalist may conduct the intervention and can act as a mediator as well. By encouraging the addict to seek treatment in a safe and secure environment will allow the individual to truly understand the gravity of their disease.

Planning an Intervention

There are various steps involved in the planning of an intervention and it should be thought out clearly. In order to better the chances of a positive reaction to the intervention, individuals should make sure that some key factors are met prior to the intervention.

Some factors that should be considered are:

  • The group of people who will attend
  • The location of the intervention
  • Written out information regarding the individual’s drug issue
  • The overarching message that you want to portray
  • Have a plan for after the intervention has been completed
  • Have a course of action for the worst-case scenario

Having a well-thought-out intervention will ensure that all of your bases are covered. It’s expected that the individual will not respond well to the staged intervention as they may feel as though they have their problem under control. Being prepared for a negative reaction at first will prepare you for the worst case scenario.

It’s important that the individual gets the appropriate treatment as soon as possible as drug and alcohol addiction is a disease that will continue to get worse with time. The sooner an intervention is staged, the sooner the individual can get the help they need to get better.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.