How to Host an Addiction Intervention

How to Host a Successful Intervention

If you love someone who's abusing drugs or alcohol — but doesn't realize it's creating a problem — you may need to speak up. One of the best ways to do so is with an intervention. It can be frightening, but when people who care about you join forces to voice their concern, it can have an amazing impact.

Here's what you need to know to host a successful intervention.

Invite Only Positive Contributors

While everyone in the family may want to be involved in a loved one's intervention, only those who can positively contribute should be invited. If there are other addicts, people who are prone to anger quickly, or someone who is bitter over the addiction, it's best they're not included. Interventions need to be a place of positivity and love, not guilt and shaming.


Everyone who's involved in the intervention should prepare what he or she's going to say about the individual and his or her addiction. There should be a plan to know who is speaking first, second, and so on. Have a clear goal as to what you want your loved one to do at the end of the intervention. Conduct a pre-meeting before the actual intervention to practice and make sure everyone knows what's expected during the event.

Have a Worst Case Scenario Plan

When you're hosting an intervention, you must be prepared for anything. You must be ready if your loved one becomes upset, gets angry, or has an outburst. Mean and hurtful things may be said or done, and if the reaction is bad, you have to be ready for that and the intervention team must stick together and stay strong.

Know What Treatment Is Available

The ultimate goal of an intervention is for your loved one to get into treatment. Before the intervention, be sure to know what treatment options are available and the process of getting your loved one enrolled and started. If possible, inpatient treatment may already be set up; as soon as the intervention is over, someone can take the person with drug addiction to the treatment center.

Use the Right Language

Interventions are not the place to point blame, criticize, or degrade someone. To ensure this doesn't happen, use language that's comforting and uplifting. Thank everyone, including your loved one with addiction problems, for being there and listening. Remain respectful, and express your worry and concern. Explain that treatment does work and that you're there for continuing support. Tell him or her that you believe in them and know they can get better.

If you are looking to host an intervention, we highly recommend you contact a professional addiction interventionist.  We can help you locate someone that will work within your budget.  You may even qualify for a free intervention.  Contact us to find out.