If I intervene, will my loved one think I am being hateful, or I am forcing a“showdown”?
Would it be best to let my friend work out his own alcohol problems?
What would make my brother sober up and stay sober?
Am I ready to intervene in my employee’s life?
What exactly is “enabling?”
Why do my efforts, to try helping my husband quit drinking, turn into World War III?
Were does an alcoholic get off telling me that I am part of his “problem?”
Why does my fiancé tell me he has stopped drinking, when I know for a fact he hasn’t stopped?
How do I intervene right now?
These are a few of the questions that we get everyday from family and friends of addicts. They are real life questions with real life answers that are practical and work.
How to plan and organize a successful intervention
Step One: Build a team.
Your success depends on the help of a well-selected group of five to eight people who are significant in the alcoholic’s life.
Step Two: Make sure the intervention is kept secret.
Some people might think they are doing the alcoholic a favour by telling them about the upcoming meeting but they will not be. A “heads up” will give the Alcoholic time to build stronger defences against help.
If the alcoholic learns about the intervention, it will fail.
Step Three: Arrange for a treatment centre
The centre should take the alcoholic away from his environment of booze and addiction for at least 28 days. We believe Jorgs rehabilitation centre is the best choice.
If you stumble across someone who claims they have found the “cure” or a “new way” to treat addiction that no one else has thought of before, be wary.
Step Five: Choose a Chairperson to conduct the intervention.
Everyone can writes a letter to read to the alcoholic. It must start with love and care, outlining how much the Alcoholic means to the person and no one should say anything other than what they have written, except the chairperson. The chairperson is the spokesman for the group.
If you have an urge to speak up during the intervention, do not. Do not fall into old confrontational patterns during the intervention.
The team must NEVER get into a debate with the alcoholic. To do so would take the power away from the group and bestow it upon the alcoholic.
Step Six: Send the alcoholic to a treatment program away from his usual environment.
Keep in mind that you are instituting a change. A life altering change can only be possible if the alcoholic leaves behind all of the factors that contributed to his addiction. That means friends, family, familiar surrounding, job, the neighbourhood liquor store, and bar. To download our 5 page Intervention Guide Book click here
Chemical addiction being a brain disease, means that the addict is in no control to logically analyse their situation and may need a decision to be made for them by the family or next of kin. Various methods have been developed over time ranging from coercion, use of legal means or simple trickery to get addicts into rehab to sober up for logical discussion on the matter later. These methods include:
1. Judicial order
2. Probation officer enforcement
3. Law enforcement recommendation
4. Intervention by recovering addicts - Jorgs Ark Centre has a group of previous clients ready and willing to assist those suffering from denial to get to rehab.