Making a Plan to Help Someone Get Treatment for an Alcohol Use Problem - Topic Overview
Use this list to help you plan how to help someone you care about
get treatment for an alcohol use problem. A health professional who has special
training in conducting interventions (intervention specialist) with people who
have alcohol use problems can help you set up your plan.
The plan should include:
When you will talk with the person. Don't try
when he or she is drunk. Usually, the best times to talk with a person who has
an alcohol use problem are right after a drinking episode or first thing in the
morning before the person has had a drink.
Where you will talk.
Decide the location and how you will get the person there.
you will talk. Decide how long you will talk with the person. If you talk
longer than 60 minutes, you and the person might become frustrated, which can
make the meeting less helpful.
Who will talk with the person.
Possibilities might include relatives, coworkers, and
Whether you will have a health professional present. If
you plan a formal intervention, it is more likely to be successful if an
intervention specialist is there.
What will be said. You will want
to tell the person how his or her drinking has affected you. Be specific about
his or her behavior. For example, you can say "When you [specific behavior], I
feel [feeling]." You will also want to tell the person that you are not willing
to continue the relationship unless he or she gets treatment. Tell him or her
what you are going to do. For example, "I will...." or "I will no longer....."
You might want to write down what you will say so you can practice several
Where you will take the person for treatment. Talk with the
treatment center and make the arrangements ahead of time.