5 Steps to Success with Adolescent Addiction Intervention

1. Honesty

Be honest with your adolescent if you expect to have a successful addiction intervention I have seen parents try to trick their adolescent into entering treatment. Even worse they lie about what is happening to the detriment of the entire process. When Adolescents have trust issues already with adults a successful addiction intervention is most assuredly ruined if honesty is broken. Successful interventions require honesty.

2. Enlist Support of Key People

It takes many people to pull off a successful intervention. You may not be clear about who is influencing your adolescent. It is important to know who CAN influence your teen. These are the key people you need to have on your team if your intervention is to succeed. You do not need all of them just some of the more significant people in your adolescent’s life.

Bringing in a professional who can assist in managing and staging the overall intervention is a big step in making a difference. Realizing however the natural support system around teen is the key to helping and ultimately assisting in long term recovery

3. Listen

One of the most important issues with adolescents is their need to be heard. It is very common for parents and teens to believe there is no communication happening between them.

The first step in making this better from the parent perspective is to begin listening. Hearing the emotional pain, what may really be going on is a big step in understanding the crisis point your adolescent is at and why an addiction intervention may be necessary.

4. Be Prepared with a Plan

An intervention should never be attempted without a plan. Understanding who the players will be, what the bottom line will be and what the consequences are for refusal to follow the plan.

5. Take Action Step

The actual event if assisted by professional help may be conducted at the therapist’s office other locations such as school or home have merit. It is important to realize the action step includes initiating the plan for treatment and the monitoring of the plan for fulfillment.

Addiction intervention for adolescence can be successful if they are completed in such a way as to preserve the dignity of the adolescent in the process. These types of interventions can really only once.

For this reason the time in preparation is more important than the execution portion of the plan. If you do not fully prepare for the possibilities the plan will fail. If you plan well, the intervention is likely to be successful and the plan will be appropriately executed.

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