Josh Chandler | April 13, 2021

How to Have an Effective Intervention

Tips for Holding a Successful Intervention

When a person struggles with drug addiction or alcoholism, they still may be in denial that they have an issue. They may need a moment to realize the magnitude of their addiction and how it affects every aspect of their life. This moment can come in the form of a planned intervention. When designing an intervention, there are several factors that you should keep in mind.

What Is an Intervention?

Before you can start planning an intervention, you must clearly understand what an intervention is and what your goals are for having an intervention in the first place. If a close friend or family member is combatting alcoholism or drug addiction, an intervention allows you to proactively reach out to that person with the hopes that that meeting will help to inspire that person that they need to seek help for their addiction.

In some instances, the person with an addiction may not understand the magnitude of their disorder. Staging an intervention helps you share your thoughts and your hurt over the person’s actions with the addiction in a healthy and non-accusatory way.

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Steps to Follow When Planning an Intervention

If you have never put together an invention before, you may feel confused or overwhelmed about how to have an intervention. Regardless of whether a person is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, here are some examples of steps that you can take to improve the odds of a successful intervention:

Choose the timing wisely

Although you may be eager to speak to your loved one as soon as possible, you must do so around a time when your loved one is sober. When a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there is a higher chance that they may not be receptive or open to the help and care that you are offering.

Find the right place to talk

It’s never advisable that you pick a public location for an intervention. Although it’s tempting to try to have an intervention at your home, there could also be certain downsides to taking this approach. A good recommendation is that you plan on working with a therapist or a professional interventionist and opt to use their office for this important meeting.


Before you and your family hold the intervention, it’s always recommended that you develop a script for the meeting and practice it beforehand. Having a rehearsal can help you to plan for any possible event that may happen during the intervention.

Be conscious of your body language

If the person suffering from addiction thinks that they are being threatened in any way, the intervention may end before anything can be accomplished. You must remember to keep your temper under control and remember to exude warmth in your body language. Keeping your voice level and calm and looking at your loved ones when speaking to them can go a long way in keeping the conversation going.

Don’t despair

Unfortunately, it’s possible that your loved one may refuse to receive treatment, or the person may go for treatment and decide to leave. While these actions may hurt, you should never give up on your love and dedication to that person.

Intervention Support

Whether you need assistance in putting together an intervention for a friend or loved one, or you are ready to commit yourself to a treatment plan, the team at Muse Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles is here to assist you. We can provide you with the tools and resources that you need to put together a successful intervention plan. If you have more questions regarding how to have an intervention, please reach out to us today at 800-426-1818.

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Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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