There’s a reason why addiction interventions are always called “serenity.” It sounds like a calm and contented way of life, but that’s not actually what happens. What we experience during an intervention is a level of anxiety, stress, and anger that is typically not found when we are natural users. We are in a new and dangerous world, one where we may never see our place in it again. Through our changes and experiences during the intervention, we can develop new skills and new relationships. We can do many things to never go back to an addiction intervention. First, we should consider our safety. If we are going to be a part of an intervention, we need to know what we are accepting as reality. This includes our services, our relationships, our basic needs. We need to be honest with the team and be clear about what we want from the intervention. The purpose of an intervention is generally to get a person experiencing self-destructive behavior under control to start living a life that will benefit them instead of harming them. Below, we will discuss things not to do during addiction intervention.
- Don’t stage an intervention when the focus of it is likely to be intoxicated
Alcohol or drug use can make an intervention more difficult. The team should clearly define what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. If the person is intoxicated or in a state of altered consciousness, it will be hard for them to accept the reality of their behavior. This can lead to a lot of conflict with the person who is being intervened, which could cause a lot of damage to that relationship.
- Don’t let your emotions get in the way of your judgment during an intervention
Be careful not to let your emotions get out of control during an intervention. If you yell or use any other violent tactics as part of your actions, you may end up worsening your addiction and making things worse for yourself and others in the process. An addiction counselor should help with this process should it become necessary.
- Don’t go into an intervention without some plan
If there is ever a chance that an intervention may get complicated, you should have a plan in place. It’s essential to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. It’s also necessary that you don’t go into the intervention with anger and aggression towards the person being intervened. If you are angry, it may make it more difficult for the person being intervened to accept your help and give them any benefit from the intervention.
- Don’t speak extemporaneously
During an intervention, you must speak concisely and organized manner. This is because the person being intervened may have trouble processing what you are saying and will be able to understand it better if you speak slowly and clearly. You should never use slang or any other type of language that may confuse the person being intervened.
- Don’t use your allotted time to impose guilt
It would be best never to try to impose guilt on the person being intervened. This is because it will only cause them to feel more uncomfortable, and they may start to become angry with you, making it more challenging to get them to accept your help.
- Don’t forget that the person being intervened may have been a victim of abuse
If there is any chance that the person being intervened may have been a victim of abuse, then you must be even more careful when intervening. Be sure not to cross any boundaries or say anything that might make the person uncomfortable.
- Don’t forget that they may be an addict in denial of their addiction
If there is any chance that the person being intervened might be an addict who doesn’t want help, then you must be careful not to push them too hard during an intervention. The best thing you can do is listen carefully and take notes to document what is said during the intervention so that you can refer back later for discussion purposes with a counselor or therapist.
Professional ways to follow when doing an intervention are significant to follow so that you can successfully get the person being interviewed to admit that they have a problem and need help. The main goal of intervention is to help the person come to terms with their illness and accept treatment. Intervention is considered a last resort in dealing with mental illness. However, it should not be taken lightly because it will help save lives and prevent tragedies like suicides and domestic violence.