Q: Does intervention have to be a surprise attack?
Most people think of an intervention as a type of ambush, but it doesn’t have to happen like that.
Just one person can conduct an intervention, and it can be as casual and relaxed as a conversation over coffee. Also, if the intervention is carried out by a professional, a few phone calls to the addict or alcoholic could be all it takes.
How an intervention is approached will depend on the situation and the person with the problem. For some, the surprise type of intervention may be the best approach.
I would advise people to talk it through with a treatment center or professional, and then make the choice that seems best.
It’s important to plan when to approach your loved one, and then what to say. An ideal time is shortly after they have been on a binge, or when they have a hangover.
~Joe Herzanek/Author, Why Don’t They Just Quit? Hope for families struggling with addiction.
“There were a couple of things in the intervention
that made me know I needed help.
One was a letter from my daughter saying
that she was ashamed
she had the same last name as I did . . .“
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