This page is dedicated to intervention tips. If you haven't
yet read the introduction to this topic, please visit the Addiction
page to get the appropriate background in order
for this section to make sense. A family intervention is an
extremely difficult process. It's not that the actual theory
or mechanics are very hard, but rather that deciding that one is
needed, rallying the right people together, and staying committed to
the process (i.e. going through with it!) requires a lot of emotional
dedication and focus. Particularly at a time when you're more
than likely going through a lot of stress, uncertainty, and self-doubt
in general, this can certainly be a taxing process. The
following intervention tips are meant to help you in your journey
should you decide to take the addiction intervention approach.
- When questioning yourself about whether or not to do an
intervention, the fact that you're even thinking about it to this
degree is a good indication that it's at least worth seriously
investigating as an option.
- When thinking about what friends and family to include,
stay focused on people who you know love them, and who will be able to
stay committed to the process. Anyone who believes strongly
that a gambler can just "snap out of it" is likely not going to be a
productive member of the support group.
- It's critical that the intervention be a surprise to have
the best chance of success. It will feel awful to have to
conceal things from your loved one (the gambler) as that's the type of
behavior that has likely caused so much hardship in your relationship
already. However, stay focused and know that it's ultimately
for good and not evil. i.e. Your motives are truly
constructive and come from a rational and loving place.
- Interview more than one treatment center or
interventionist; the comparison will be extremely valuable.
- Understand all of the costs, as well as what might be
covered by health insurance. Don't let the cost of an
intervention be the reason not to pursue one. In the long run
it will be more valuable than anything else you've ever, or will ever
spend money on.
- Don't be too proud to ask for financial assistance if
needed; now is not the time to be too proud to ask for help.
- When selecting a location for the actual day of the
intervention, don't do it at your house, or a location that is too
familiar/comfortable for the gambler. Hotels will often
provide discounts on conference rooms, so don't hesitate to negotiate.
- There's never going to be a good time to do the family
intervention. There will always be holidays, birthdays, and
special events just around the corner, so just pick a date and stick to
- Assume that your phone calls and emails can be monitored by
the gambler, so take care during the planning process to ensure that it
remains a surprise.
- Make sure to have the treatment center plans arranged in
advance, and follow their guidelines regarding packing.
- If you have children, make arrangements in advance for
someone to pick them up from school/daycare in case you're unable to
make it back in time.
- Remember that if your loved one doesn't agree to go to
treatment that day, that doesn't mean that the intervention was not
successful. Everyone must implement the consequences as
discussed and presented; if so, the success rate is said to be quite
high. It might take a number of days, weeks, or even months
before they agree to go to treatment, but it's highly likely that
they'll eventually go if the intervention was properly planned.
The list of intervention tips is potentially endless.
Hopefully these items will help you while you either think
about doing a family intervention, or during the preparation process
itself! If you have any other intervention tips you'd like to
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