How to Stage an Intervention: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you concerned about a loved one struggling with addiction and mental health issues? Staging an intervention can be a crucial step towards helping them seek the treatment they need. At 12 South Recovery, a leading dual diagnosis treatment center in Lake Forest, CA, we understand the importance of a well-planned intervention. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to stage an intervention effectively and compassionately.

Step 1: Understand the Designation

Before you begin planning an intervention, it’s essential to understand what a designation is. A designation is a formal recognition of a person’s need for treatment due to their addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. It’s a way to express your concerns and help your loved one see the severity of their situation.

Step 2: Assemble a Support Team

  • Identify individuals who are close to the person in need.
  • Select people who can communicate effectively, remain calm, and offer support.
  • Consider involving a professional interventionist for guidance.

Step 3: Research and Plan

  • Gather information about your loved one’s addiction and mental health issues.
  • Develop a script for the intervention.
  • Decide on a time and location that is comfortable and safe.

Step 4: Communicate with Compassion

  • Express your love, concern, and support.
  • Avoid blame and accusations.
  • Use “I” statements to describe your feelings and observations.

Step 5: Offer Treatment Solutions

  • Present treatment options available, such as our dual diagnosis treatment program at 12 South Recovery.
  • Be prepared with information about insurance coverage and financial assistance.

Step 6: Set Boundaries and Consequences

  • Clearly define boundaries and consequences if your loved one refuses treatment.
  • Be prepared to follow through with these consequences if necessary.

Step 7: Rehearse the Intervention

  • Practice the intervention with your support team.
  • Ensure everyone knows their role and the script.
  • Anticipate potential reactions and plan responses.

Step 8: Hold the Intervention

  • Keep the intervention focused and on track.
  • Stay calm and supportive, even if your loved one reacts defensively.
  • Present the treatment option and express your hope for their recovery.

Step 9: Follow Up and Support

  • After the intervention, stay connected with your loved one.
  • Offer ongoing support, encouragement, and assistance in seeking treatment.

Step 10: Seek Professional Help

  • If your loved one agrees to treatment, contact a dual diagnosis treatment center like 12 South Recovery.
  • Consult with an addiction specialist or therapist for guidance on next steps.

Call 12 South Recovery Today!

If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues, reach out to 12 South Recovery today. Our experienced team is here to provide the support and treatment needed for lasting recovery.


Dual diagnosis treatment addresses both addiction and underlying mental health issues simultaneously to achieve comprehensive recovery.

You can search for certified interventionists through addiction treatment centers, therapy clinics, or online directories.

The duration of an intervention can vary but usually takes a few hours to complete.

It’s essential to have a plan in place, including consequences and further support options, if your loved one refuses treatment initially.

Yes, we work with many insurance providers to make treatment more accessible. Contact us to discuss your specific insurance coverage.

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