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How to Write an Intervention Letter

Writing an intervention letter is a great way to prepare yourself for your opportunity to speak directly to your addicted loved one at his or her intervention.   You can organize your thoughts in advance rather than improvising in the moment and risking forgetting something important or spending too much time on a tangent. You […]

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Pack a Bag: Choosing What to Send with Your Loved One to Drug Rehab

You’ve decided who will take part in the intervention you are staging for your addicted loved one. You’ve hired a professional mediator and together the two of you have held a planning meeting and determined which rehabilitation program will best serve your addicted family member.   You’ve decided what you’re going to say to your […]

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5 Things NOT to Do When Staging an Addiction Intervention 

Are you considering going out on your own to stage an intervention for someone you love who is struggling with an addiction?   The option of an intervention is very often a great opportunity to connect someone you care about with the addiction treatment they need to heal – as long as you take the […]

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Intervention for Co-occurring Disorders: 5 Things to Remember

Does someone you care about struggle with mental health symptoms like depression or anxiety? Does he attempt to deal with those symptoms by drinking or using drugs, or has substance abuse developed alongside the mental health problem? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 8.4 million […]

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3 Reasons Why an Intervention Is Not an Ambush

Too often, an addicted person’s response to an intervention is defensive in nature. They feel attacked or as if they have been set up, and many have a hard time overcoming this long enough to listen to all the positive information being presented to them by their family members. Often, retrospect reveals to them that […]

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‘What Do I Say?’ 5 Tips to a Sincere Intervention Share

At an intervention, each of the participants – ideally, three or four – are invited to speak directly to the addicted person. Often called a “share,” this short speech is an excellent opportunity for the participant to utilize his or her experience and help the addicted person to recognize his potential for an incredible new […]

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5 People You Should NOT Include in an Intervention

One of the first steps in planning an intervention is to choose who will take part in the event. It’s not as simple as it may at first seem. Though you may want to invite everyone who loves the addicted person, that’s not necessarily an effective choice. Not everyone who wants to take part will […]

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How to Choose an Alcohol Rehab for Your Addicted Loved One

One of your primary tasks before staging an intervention for your alcohol-addicted loved one is to find the best possible rehabilitation program for his or her needs – and make sure the rehab has room for a new patient.   The goal of an intervention is to help your addicted family member to see that […]

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