Confronting a family member or loved one about alcohol or drug addiction is hard, no matter how you approach the topic. It is important to remember that while you are approaching them in love, they still may feel attacked or be caught off guard by the situation. With that said, you must make sure the person is as comfortable as possible. There are several important factors to keep in mind if you should choose to confront someone in your life. First, when choosing the location of the meeting, it is important to find somewhere your loved one is familiar with so they do not feel like they are being ambushed. Choose a place they have been before and is associated with positive memories. Another consideration to make is who will attend the intervention. This is determined by the nature of the person you are approaching. Would they feel comfortable with a big group of family and friends? Would it be better for you to approach that person alone or with one other close friend?
Now that you know where and who will be present, when is the best time to plan an intervention? This is an important decision. For example, if something negative happens as a result of their addiction, it provides a good window of time to immediately address the situation. Make sure the person is sober, if possible. Potentially one of the most important factors in an intervention is being prepared for the next steps. You never want to approach someone without an idea of what the future should look like to work towards sobriety. Do some research on rehabilitation facilities in the area and what each program entails. If there is a financial barrier in the way of the person attending a rehabilitation facility, provide information on scholarship opportunities or financing options.
Be sure when doing an intervention that you do not try to kidnap the person or force them into rehabilitation. A person is more likely to continue sobriety and successfully complete a rehabilitation program if they make the personal choice to get help. Therefore, it may require continued love and encouragement from you after the intervention until they are ready to get help.
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