Intervention Checklist

Preparing for an intervention can feel overwhelming – how do you learn everything you need to know about an intervention while dealing with an addicted loved one? Plus, how do you know if you’re doing it right and setting up your loved one for success?

The following is a checklist that you can use to make sure that you are on track in terms of setting up an intervention that is most conducive to helping your family member accept the help they need to heal from addiction and dependence.

  • Decide which people you will include in the intervention. No fewer than three people and no more than six or seven is usually a good number.
  • Gather together the people you have chosen to be involved and plan the details of the intervention.
  • Decide where and when to hold the intervention so that the most people can attend.
  • Decide what each person will say – make sure there is no overlap or repetition and that each person’s “speech” is not angry or judgmental.
  • Decide what each person will put forth as their ultimatum if the addicted family member refuses treatment and emphasize that it may be necessary to follow through.
  • Choose a rehabilitation program that is appropriate for your loved one.
  • Start the enrollment process, determine what amount will be covered by insurance, and decide who will cover the rest of the bill and in what amounts.
  • Set up a meeting to rehearse the intervention, giving everyone time to fine-tune what they’re going to say.
  • Finalize the details of enrollment in a treatment center, making sure that a bed will be available the day of the intervention.
  • Secure all travel plans (e.g., buy plane tickets if necessary and set up hotel stays if the rehab center is far from home).
  • At the meeting, determine how your addicted loved one will be brought to the intervention, where everyone will sit, and the order in which people will share. If anyone has any remaining questions, answer them, and decide how you will respond to your loved one’s objections to treatment.
  • Pack a suitcase for your addicted loved one to bring to rehab that includes everything that they will need – and nothing that they are not allowed to bring. Include their medications, if any.
  • If you don’t have a professional interventionist, determine who will take your family member to treatment.

If you hire an interventionist, he or she will run the event, making opening and closing statements and working to keep everyone on track throughout the process. He will also make sure that you don’t forget any details – like making sure that everyone’s cars are parked out of sight. If you would like to find a professional interventionist who can help you stage an intervention for your loved one, contact us today.