What Are the Most Important Things to Remember When Staging an Alcoholic Intervention?

You should tell each friend who has agreed to come to the meeting for the alcoholic intervention that the process should be a polite discussion with important information about the problem. With a protocol for polite behavior for the meeting, each person should feel more relaxed about participating in the meeting. You should be prepared with information about the different types of treatment programs and with some suggestions about a practical method for the person to use to pay for the costs for a treatment program for alcoholism.

The problems from alcoholism include serious health problems that could prevent a person from achieving important goals if he or she does not participate in a treatment program. The process for the alcoholic intervention can be used to help the person to recognize the problem and to also help the person to realize that he or she can control the problem. The purpose of the meeting should be to inform the person that each friend, who had decided to participate in the alcoholic intervention, had recognized the problem and had wanted to help the person.

Polite Behavior for an Alcoholic Intervention

The potential chaos during an alcoholic intervention can be controlled with a request for polite behavior from each person and with a request that each person should politely listen to the discussion. When you present the facts about the problem, you should also carefully explain that each friend had come to the meeting to offer help and had not come to the meeting to try to control the life of another person. Alcoholism is a serious health problem that is usually controlled by helping a person to learn some important information about the problem during a treatment program.

With an emphasis on helping the person to learn about the problem, you can protect the dignity of the person while you are also trying to motivate the person to recognize the potential problems from alcoholism, such as the health hazards. The problems from alcoholism can cause a person to become emotionally depressed and to experience extreme feelings of frustration and confusion about the problem. You could use a professional discussion during the meeting to begin to convince the person that he or she should participate in a treatment program to learn about the problem.

Respect for Each Person at an Alcoholic Intervention

If you require polite behavior from each friend who wants to participate in the meeting for the person, then you could avoid problems that would prevent the person from agreeing to stay to listen to the discussion. The purpose of the meeting is to help the person to recognize the problem and to learn about the problem without causing an emotional turmoil for the person. You should remember to use some techniques to control the social environment for the meeting, which could motivate the person to stay to listen to the discussion:

• Require polite behavior during the meeting.
• Present important facts about the problems of alcoholism.
• Emphasize the importance of a treatment program for controlling the problem.
• Express sincere concern for the person.

The social environment at the alcoholic intervention should be centered on a polite discussion about the opportunity for learning about alcoholism. You should present facts about the usual symptoms from alcoholism and about some of the health problems from alcoholism, such as cirrhosis of the liver and high blood pressure. The person would probably recognize many of the symptoms, which include nausea, shakiness, hangovers and memory blackouts.

Politely Convince a Person to Stay for an Alcoholic Intervention

The alcoholic intervention should be a polite learning experience for the person who had not recognized the dangers of alcoholism. Some alcoholics may unexpectedly experience a problem while eating a slice of chocolate cake or some chocolate candy because bourbon is a common ingredient for some recipes for chocolate icing and for chocolate candy, such as bourbon balls. The innocent act of nibbling on a chocolate-covered bourbon ball is a health hazard for a person who is an alcoholic.

When you stage an alcoholic intervention, you should be prepared with some facts about alcoholism and with some methods to use to convince the person to stay and to listen to the discussion. The group should convince the person that he or she will benefit from the discussion, such as by learning about some treatment programs for controlling the problem. Please phone our 24-hour counselors at 800-723-7376 for more information about some treatment programs for alcoholism.