A Brief Guide on How to Stage an Intervention

How to Stage an Intervention for Someone Struggling With Addiction

If someone you care about is struggling with addiction, it may be time to stage an intervention.

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Addiction is never a fun topic to discuss, but it's very important. If someone you love is unable or unwilling to acknowledge their addiction, you may need to stage an intervention. Here is your guide on how to stage an intervention.

Form the Intervention Team

An intervention team is a group of loved ones who care for the addict and wish to offer their help. The intervention team should comprise of people the addict respects and values their opinions. Do not include people that the addict tends to argue or fight with, as this can raise tensions even more during the intervention.

Gather Information

The intervention team must gather information about the addict's behaviors and how they have affected other people. Make sure everything you have is factual and can be backed up with evidence because the addict will try to deny everything you say during the intervention.

Make a Plan

The team needs to decide on the best place and time for staging an intervention. The locations should be private and should not be in the addict's home or anywhere they can easily hide away. The location should be in a place that does not induce negative emotions in the addict. Make sure everyone in the intervention team agrees on the time and place.

Write Individual Statements

At the beginning of the intervention, each person should have a prepared statement of impact to say to the addict. These statements should be well thought out and written down so it isn't forgotten during the intervention. The statements should be powerful and induce emotion in the addict so they can begin to understand that they do have an addiction problem.

Discuss Ways to Offer Help

Before the intervention, each person needs to figure out a way to offer help to the addict. For example, you could drive the addict to NA or AA meetings every week. If the addict is accepting of the intervention, you need to respond by being supportive and helpful in their recovery.

Rehearse What You're Going to Say

Emotions can run high while staging an intervention, so it's important to rehearse what you're going to say beforehand. Try to be prepared for different responses the addict may have so you can deal with them in proactive ways instead of being reactive.

Stage the Intervention

Now that you've learned how to stage an intervention, it's time to act. Understand that your loved one may not be accepting of your help. They may get angry and defensive. It's important to stay calm and minimize the emotion in the room. Most importantly, do not get discouraged if the intervention is not successful. It is common for addicts to be in denial when first approached.

Follow-Up

Whether your loved one is accepting of your help or rejects it, you need to follow-up. Follow through with what you said during integration. If you said you would help if your loved one made steps to get sober, then help. If you said you would no longer enable your loved one's addiction, you must follow through. Most importantly, if your loved one continues to use drugs/alcohol or suffers a relapse, don't give up on them.

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Bethel Church's Gay Conversion Program Is A Huge Problem And We're Not Talking Enough About It

Religion doesn't give us a right to purposefully abuse a community.

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About a year ago, in May of 2018, Bethel Church in Redding, California came out publicly against a set of proposed laws which would make it illegal for a licensed mental health professional to perform 'conversion therapy' in order to change the sexual orientation or same-sex attractions of a person. The head pastor of the church asked for members of Bethel Church to act against the three bills (California AB 1779, AB 2943 and AB 2119), urging them to contact their congressmen and ask for them to prevent the laws from passing, all in order for them to continue their harmful ex-gay ministry.

Today, Bethel Church is under scrutiny for the role out of their ex-gay conversion initiative, CHANGED. The website of the initiative movement claims that any change is possible through Jesus, and encourages those who identify as LGBTQ+ to abandon the "pain, rejection, and despair," of being LGBTQ+. (CHANGED website). This movement is not the first, but just the next in a long line of organizations claiming to provide change for those who identify as LGBTQ+, despite this being an impossibility. Ex-gay programs, in actuality, only serve to push those who go through them farther away from the love of God.

Conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ people has been proven not only to be completely ineffective but has also been found to cause intense mental issues and in many cases, a strong correlation to suicide. Those who have gone through ex-gay therapy programs such as Exodus International or Focus on the Family's Love Won Out have admitted that even after successfully completing the program they had not experienced a change in their same-sex attraction. The founder of Exodus International even claimed that by his estimation, 99.9% of those who had gone through his organization's therapy had not experienced any change in their orientation. Exodus International was considered intensely controversial, and their methods considered by most, if not all, mental health professionals to be incredibly damaging. Those who come out of conversion therapy experience intense feelings of depression and often experience a lack of self-worth.

As a Christian, I grieve every single time someone claiming to believe what I do comes out and condemns the LGBT community. It hurts to see one community I am a member of being hateful towards another community I am just as proud to be a part of. This news stung a little harder because I for a long time have loved Bethel Church's worship band. Their songs have spoken to me in ways I cannot fully describe, helping to bring me closer to the God I believe in. A God who I can say for certain would never advocate for something as damaging and destructive as conversion therapy. The same Jesus who Bethel's songs worship is the same Jesus who calls us to love everyone. Bethel Church is not following this call, and it is important that we speak out against conversion therapy, and not allow our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to carry out such a harmful program.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Utilities During Winter

As college students or young adults, we're always looking for ways to save some extra money each month. Here's how you can keep your house warm without spending a fortune on heating this winter.

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Don't leave your heater blasting for the next two months and pay a ton of money to the utility company. Here are three ways to keep warm and save money.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Performing Optimally

Your heating system is what will keep your house warm throughout the winter months, but don't pay a ton of extra money because your system is working harder to heat your home. If your heating system is working at its best, it will save you a ton of money during the winter. If you think your system isn't working properly, you can have professionals come out and take a look.

Keep Your Home Insulated

Insulation helps to keep your home warm without using extra heat. By keeping your home insulated, you can save a fortune on utilities because your heating system will be doing a lot less heating. If you don't want to pay for insulation, you can do small things around the house to keep it warmer. Keep the curtains closed all the time to hold in heat. Have the fans turn the opposite way to circulate warm air. These small things can really make a difference.

Bundle Up

Instead of jumping straight to turn the heater on when it gets a bit cold in your home, bundle up with a sweater, sweatpants, and a blanket first. Keep yourself warm using comfy clothing instead of paying money to heat your home. You'll still feel just as toasty, and you'll see a big drop in your monthly utility bill from not using the heater as much.

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