Sometimes people can behave in self destructive ways or have habits which if left unchecked can lead to very serious health and perhaps legal problems. Often drug addiction is involved in the destructive behavior. Some people are fortunate enough to have either friends or family that care about them enough to try to do something about it. Interventions are gatherings of close friends, family and colleagues who meet to persuade a person to seek help or treatment for a problem.
Interventions are not easy to conduct in a way that has the desired effect. Often the person needing the help is in denial and can be prone to reject the whole idea. If you are considering an intervention, there are a few things you can do to increase the chances of success and make the process run more smoothly.
Keep in mind that successful interventions usually involve at least three people and no more than ten. It is important to invite only those who have personal relationships with the individual. This way, examples of how the persons negative behaviors have affected others can be voiced.
It might be a good idea for the intervention group to meet and rehearse ahead of time. This can help the participants feel relaxed and calm for the actual intervention. Common goals and points that need to be expressed should be discussed ahead of time. Those wanting to recall specific examples of negative behaviors and their effects on others should write them down along with any specific points that need to be made.
Selection of a time and place for an intervention is important as it will decrease the chances of distraction and provide a positive environment. Don’t forget that the entire point of an intervention is to have a positive outcome. Everyone involved should have a supportive and positive attitude, so the person involved can realize that everyone is there to help.