| THREE LEVELS OF INTERVENTION:
First, try a "casual", informal
intervention by speaking to the chemically dependent person about your feelings and
concerns. Share your concerns in a caring and compassionate manner, without judgement or
criticism. Try to get the person to see the reality of the situation, but on a level that
isn't angry or defensive. Leave little brochures, pamphlets or articles about alcoholism
or drug dependency where the chemically dependent person can see them and read them.
Second, get help for yourself. Dependency is a family
disease and families suffer, sometimes more than he alcoholic himself. Occasionally, when
the alcoholic sees you changing and becoming healthier, it provides insight and motivation
for his or her own change.
Third, if these do not work, try a
"formalized" intervention. Here, Intervention is a process through which the
family and friends come together and lovingly, but firmly, review the alcoholic's
drinking, describing to the alcoholic how the drinking has affected them.
A formal Intervention seizes the seriousness of the
situation, often a crisis of the moment, to utilize this opportunity as a turning point in
the course of this disease. Very often, it's helping the chemically dependent person to
see his "moment of truth."
GOAL OF INTERVENTION: The goal of
the Intervention is not to get a person to stop drinking or using drugs. It is to help the
person agree to a referral to a treatment program for consultation and help as necessary.
The intervention attempts to present reality in a loving, caring and nonjudgemental
fashion; to communicate the seriousness of the situation; to motivate the person to accept
needed help; and to direct the person toward that help.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Most treatment agencies have an experienced
Intervention Specialist who is willing to work with the family or employer to help train
and arrange the Intervention. As most people need help in preparing for or facilitating
the actual Intervention session, the place to start is by contacting a local Treatment
Agency or your Employee Assistance Program for more information.