Do you suspect that a loved one is struggling with drugs and/or alcohol? When you have tried to discuss the situation with them did they respond with emotion and denial? As you may’ve found, getting the substance user to be honest and open about their abuse can be extremely difficult. Like many who experience addiction, they will insist their situation is under control and that they can overcome it on their own.

Yet, waiting patiently on the sidelines for someone you love to get sober can not only be painful for you but dangerous for the individual. Timing is crucial. Addiction threatens jobs, relationships, health, and can very often lead to death.

Even with the best intentions a drug intervention can be an emotionally draining experience. But it doesn’t have to be. To help you lead a smooth and successful intervention, we’ve complied an intervention checklist to help lead a loved one to sobriety.

15 Step Intervention Checklist

  1. Research and choose a treatment center appropriate for the person you will be staging the intervention meeting for.
  2. Having chosen a center, fill out the intake questionnaire and make an appointment with admissions. Make sure the program is a clinical fit for the intended person.
    • Most important when choosing a rehab center in Los Angeles is finding a treatment program that best suits the needs, preferences, and personality of the person recovering.
  3. If a family intervention is necessary, choose three to five family members and/or friends who are most important to the individual. Using an intervention professional is highly recommended. Together, all concerned should be able to express their concern in a caring and compassionate way. When properly done, an intervention is a non-judgmental, non-threatening, and non-blaming zone.
  4. Strategize and schedule the intervention without notifying the individual. Before the intervention takes place, meet with your intervention team to discuss the best way to approach the intervention. Remember, the end goal is to make the person struggling recognize their addiction and accept treatment.
  5. Find a discreet place to park your cars. If the drug intervention will take place at the individual’s home, arrive in a group.
  6. In writing, list the negative repercussions of the individual’s addictions. This is crucial to breaking down the barrier of denial to help the addict see that there are in fact consequences to their actions.
  7. Identify any objections the individual may have to avoid treatment as well as an ultimatum. Say something like, “We will no longer support your addiction by enabling you with a continued relationship in the family.”
  8. Refrain from sounding angry or judgmental. Do not seek to blame the person for the issue at hand. Addicts are typically unaware and reluctant to see that their actions affect the people around them. Intervention helps bring a light to their addiction, allowing them to understand that many of their red flag incidents are not isolated issues but are in fact a direct result of their disease.
  9. Compile a list of the prescription medication the individual is currently prescribed along with any other substances they’re currently abusing.
  10. Pre-pack a piece of luggage using the guidelines provided to you by the treatment staff.
  11. Determine how and who will travel with the individual to treatment.
  12. Arrive to the place of intervention 30-45 minutes ahead of time.
  13. Call the admissions staff after the intervention to inform them whether or not the individual has agreed to receive treatment.
  14. Once the person is admitted, do your part to heal as a family. Organizations such as Al Anon or Family Anonymous can help with this.
  15. Continue to support the individual throughout and beyond the program by providing them a judgment-free safe space.

You staged an intervention – now what? Let BLVD lead the way.

If you or a loved one feels a need to overcome an addiction, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout Southern California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.

How to stage an intervention