HOW TO DO A SUCCESSFUL INTERVENTION
Successful interventions are the often the first step in providing treatment to a loved one who is unable to voluntarily seek help for his or her addiction. It is important to know what emotions to expect and how to effectively respond to them.
- The most common emotion experienced by the patient is anxiety.
- The sense of anxiety is often overwhelming for the patient.
- The patient will often express anxiety as denial.
- Empathic listening; focused on the emotion expressed by the patient more than the words.
- Repeating any concerns or statements back to the patient, calmly, to show your attention is focused.
- Be conscious of your tone, cadence (rhythm of speech), and volume of speech; try to keep the tone non-accusatory and non-judgmental, the cadence calm and steady, and the volume loud enough to hear, but refrain from shouting over the patient.
- Avoid power struggles and unrelated topics or issues
- Remain focused on presenting the group’s concern, support, and commitment to enforcing realistic consequences if the patient refuses treatment