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family interventionIf you need to have a family intervention on one of your loved ones chances are things haven’t been going well. In fact, things may have looked pretty bleak not only for your loved one but also for your family.

 Addiction, once it gets a hold of one person, it rips and roars through the entire family. In essence addiction takes out its razor sharp claws and shreds any bit of grace, dignity, and self-respect a family has in it. If this is you, just a reminder, know you are not alone. You are not the first person preparing to have a family intervention and you will not be the last.  If your loved one has spiraled out of control and your family is starting to go with it, it is time for a family intervention. With that said, let’s start preparing for your intervention.

Here are 5 steps to prepare for a family intervention:


 1.    Determine who will be participating and their role

A family intervention is called a family intervention because more often than not, it will be the family that is participating in it. Why? Because guess whose opinion means most to the addict? Yours!  The people who are at the intervention should be close to the addict and they should be individuals who can be at the intervention as a supportive and non-threatening presence. It is smart to pick one person who will act as the “leader” of the group and another person who will “support” the leader’s efforts. If you have are using one of our certified interventionists they can also help you with this. More often than not these two people end up being mom and dad.

 2.    Set Goals with Your Interventionist

Your certified interventionist who will be with you throughout the family intervention will help you establish very specific and concrete goals for the intervention to work. Ideally, the goal of the intervention would be that the addict in your life agrees to undertake some kind of action to begin the process of recovery; this is usually in the form of attending a treatment center. Here are some examples: “To have the addict in your life stop using drugs and alcohol.” This kind of goal is not specific nor will it work. Your certified interventionist expert will help you with a better goal such as “Go to a treatment center for a minimum of 30 days.

   3. Speak with love

It is important that you talk with your our certified interventionists on how to approach your addicted loved one out of love and not anger. Coming into the intervention with anger will only push the addict in your life farther away. The goal is to convince the addict to get help while offering support and love. It is imperative that you remain calm and detached during the alcohol intervention. Your interventionist who will be staging the family intervention with you is there to help with this.

4.  Be as Specific as you Can Be

You must be as specific as possible when speaking with an addict. Luckily, while you may not have known this, but your family interventionist does. The addict needs to realize that their behavior is unacceptable and what the consequences will be if they continue on they way they are. You will also need to give specific examples of how your loved one’s addiction has damaged your life and theirs! Specific impacts work best.

5.    Ask for Help

If at any point during the preparation of your family intervention you need help or guidance then ask your professional interventionist! That is what they are there for! Interventionists have a wide range of experiences and years of experience handling these kinds of situations. They can offer as much insight on the situation as they have. You just have to ask for it.


Whatever the situation is, remember you are not alone. Family interventions are not easy but they can be life changing when they are done right. Get you and your loved one the help you BOTH so desperately need. It is time to break free of the addiction. It is time for something to change. Death in the family is not an option. Help is available.

Call Addiction Intervention Now to speak with one of our expert interventionists (866) 683-8833