5 Tips for a Successful Intervention

It is normal to feel worried, angry, helpless, or afraid when a loved one is stuck in a cycle of substance use. Many families opt to stage a drug or alcohol intervention to help a loved one. It is important to plan any intervention carefully, and to use assistance from treatment professionals whenever possible. Families often only have one chance to create an effective intervention.

The Canyon offers experienced professionals and an evidence-based program that is designed to help you through the process of drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation from beginning to end.

We help families with every step, including intervention, safe detoxification, rehab treatment, family counseling, and aftercare support systems.The Canyon can help your loved one recover safely from both substance use disorders and mental health concerns. We offer you the following tips to help your family on the path to recovery.

Tip #1: Don’t “Wing It”

Mom comforting teen daughterA successful intervention is never spontaneous. Plan ahead and prepare for the event by choosing a location, choosing a date and time, choosing the invitees and selecting a helpful licensed interventionist, if possible. It is a good idea to gather everyone together before the intervention to do a practice run.

Remember to have two or three treatment options readily available before the intervention. Call ahead and speak with any potential treatment programs to ensure that they have space for your loved one.

Additionally, consider planning transportation to drug rehab, an escort for your loved one, and even a packed bag of personal items so that your loved one can immediately head to drug addiction treatment at the end of the intervention. You want to be prepared to send your loved one to treatment as soon as the intervention is over.

Time is of the essence, and if you wait too long to begin treatment, your loved one may have a change of heart or let fear or temptation take over.


Tip #2: Stay Positive

Substance addiction devastates not only the health, safety and sanity of the person struggling with the disease but each and every person they come into contact with as well.Though it’s difficult, it’s important that you stay as positive as possible. Especially when it’s your turn to confront your loved one during the intervention, make sure to be nonjudgmental, non-blaming and relay the facts of your experience plainly while letting them know that you love them and want good things for them through treatment.

Individual therapyMany people find great comfort by meeting with an experienced mental health counselor or therapist before an intervention. Support groups for family members are also very helpful. Remember, you cannot fully help your loved one if you are not in the healthiest, strongest frame of mind possible.

Tip #3: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

As you positively prepare for your loved one to show up as expected to the intervention, to be sober and receptive to what you have to say, and to choose drug rehab with a minimum of fuss and leave immediately for the treatment they so desperately need, prepare yourself for the fact that one or more of these things won’t happen.

Preparing for the worst means preparing for what could happen while hoping for what you want to happen. For example, have lots of water and healthy snacks on hand for intervention attendees and your loved one should everyone need to stay and wait for him or her to be clearheaded enough to understand what is happening. If you fear physical violence, make sure that everyone is safe and that the room is clear of anything that can be used as a weapon.

  • Prepare for the idea that you may need to call the police if things spiral out of control.
  • Prepare for verbal abuse and accusations from your loved one.
  • Prepare for anger and denial.
  • Prepare for your loved one not to choose drug rehab.
  • Prepare to have to follow through with the consequences for refusing treatment that you decided upon in advance.

The very best way to prepare is to have someone on your side who has seen it all and been through it before. Experienced intervention professionals will already be prepared for these things and can help you through every step of the process.

Tip #4: Opt for a Professional Interventionist

A professional interventionist can relieve you of an enormous amount of pressure and allow you to focus on your personal contribution to the proceedings as opposed to managing everyone else and trying to maintain an even emotional keel at the same time.

From the initial planning phase to escorting your loved one to drug rehab, a professional interventionist can make sure that the essential components to the intervention are implemented and bring an objective, balancing view to the event itself.

Tip #5: Secure Your Drug Rehab

Before you begin your intervention, make sure that you have already done everything you need to do in terms of securing a bed for your loved one at the drug rehab of your choice.

You will need to do all your research ahead of time, choose a facility, tour it if you like, set up an initial appointment and date for your loved one’s arrival and reserve their spot. Pack a small bag of personal items according to the guidelines of the drug rehab you have chosen and prepare to escort them to the treatment facility. If your loved one agrees to go to drug rehab, you need to make sure that they can do so immediately.

Drug Rehab at The Canyon

The Canyon is a California drug rehab that can provide drug addiction treatment for your loved one. We offer a high-quality, state-of-the-art facility that will allow your loved one to recover in comfort. Our experienced, licensed clinicians have extensive backgrounds in addiction and mental health treatment to ensure that your loved one is able to safely uncover and treat the causes of addiction.

Our professional chefs prepare organic, wholesome meals for all of our clients, and our support staff work to ensure that each person reaches his or her best potential in health, emotional recovery, and lasting sobriety.

Contact us today at 424-387-3118 for more information.

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Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit foundationsrecoverynetwork.com or call for more information.

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The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team