When an alcoholic's very health and well-being is in danger, sometimes the only option left to the family is a well-planned intervention.
Time Required: weeks
- Contact a alcohol and drug treatment professional with a established track record of successful interventions.
- Make a list of key family members, friends, co-workers and employers to take part in the planning and intervention.
- Meet with professional counselor to discuss and evaluate the situation honestly.
- Discuss barriers and difficulties that have been a hindrance to seeking help in the past.
- Plan the actual intervention, rehearsing what each person in the group will say to the alcoholic/addict.
- Schedule the actual intervention at a time when the addicted family member will be available and hopefully sober.
- Confront the alcoholic in a loving but honest manner, letting him know that his drinking is effecting more than just himself.
- Interventions can back-fire and cause more problems than they provide solutions. Don't attempt one without advice from a trained professional.