Unfortunately, when a person is in the throes of addiction, they don’t always see that they have a problem. Even if they do recognize their addiction, many people think that they can handle it without outside help. This is almost never actually the case and if you think that someone you care about can’t handle their addiction on their own, it might be time to have an intervention. Whatever the addiction, whether it is an alcohol intervention or planning drug interventions, an intervention is never easy.
When you hold an intervention it is important to have an intervention counselor present. The counselor will act as the “outside voice of reason” and do his or her best to keep the situation under control. Remember that you can only say and do so much. The person that you confront might not want to listen to you. It is up to them to make the final decision to look for help. For many people an intervention is what it takes to show them that help is needed. For others, it becomes an excuse for further avoidance.
An intervention is rarely a positive experience and it is important to prepare yourself for that. Often a person will feel “ganged up on” and can quickly become defensive. The most important part of an Alcohol intervention or drug interventions is to let the subject know that the intervention is motivated by your love for him (or her) and that all you want is for him (or her) to seek help.