An intervention aims to motivate someone struggling with substance abuse to get help. 

It’s challenging to help someone dealing with alcohol or drug misuse. Often, a direct, heart-to-heart discussion can start the journey to recovery. When it comes to addictions, the individuals dealing with them often struggle to recognise and acknowledge them. In this instance, a more focused approach is required. If you want to help them fight their addiction, you need to join forces with other people and stage a formal intervention. 

What addictions require staging an intervention?

– Compulsive gambling

– Compulsive eating

– Drug abuse

– Alcoholism 

Those struggling with substance abuse are usually in denial about their condition and unwilling to seek diagnosis and treatment. They typically don’t recognise the adverse effects of their bad habits and see no reason to stop them. An intervention presents them with an opportunity to make changes and improve their health and relationships. 

Here are the main steps included in an intervention. 

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Make a plan

The first step in staging an intervention is to form a planning group. Consult with a qualified professional counsellor from a rehab clinic Manchester based to help you organise an effective intervention because the gathering can cause resentment, anger, and a sense of betrayal. The health counsellor can help you stage the intervention in a way that prevents your loved one from feeling attacked. 


Each group member should try to find out the extent of the loved one’s addiction and research treatment solutions and programs that can help them recover. Once you have all the information, you can initiate a meeting to decide which treatment program better suits their needs. 

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Form the intervention team

It’s not recommended that the entire planning group participate in the intervention because many people may make your loved one feel threatened. After establishing the team members, set a date and location and rehearse the message you want to share. A successful intervention has a structured plan focused on the facts of the issue and solutions. Please stay away from emotional responses because they can deter the desired effect of the intervention. 

Establish specific consequences

If your loved one refuses to seek help and accept your suggested treatment solutions, each team member decides what actions they want to take. Their parents, for example, may decide to ask them to move out or stop offering them money. 

Make notes on what to say

Each team member should write an instance when their addiction caused issues (of any kind). Highlight the toll of their behaviour while expressing care and the expectation they stop this destructive behaviour. The individual struggling with addiction cannot argue with facts. 

Hold the intervention

Make sure your loved one doesn’t find out about the intervention because they may choose not to attend it. Without revealing the reason, invite them to visit the intervention site. Each team member should take a turn to express their feelings and concerns. Present your loved one with treatment options and allow them to pick the one they find more suitable. Every team member should highlight the changes they’ll make if they refuse to seek help. 

A successful intervention requires careful planning. The last thing you need is for the intervention to worsen the situation and your loved one to feel threatened and attacked. 

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