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What is an intervention?

An intervention is a professionally directed, education process resulting in a face-to-face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs. People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment.

They may not recognize the negative effects their behaviour has on themselves and others. An intervention helps the person make the connection between their use of alcohol and drugs and the problems in their life. The goal of an intervention is to present the alcohol or drug user with a structured opportunity to accept help and to make changes before things get even worse.

During the intervention, the friends, family, and other loved ones gather together to confront the person about the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment.

The intervention:

• Provides specific examples of destructive behaviours and their impact on the addicted person and loved ones
• Offers a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps, goals and guidelines
• Spells out what each person will do if a loved one refuses to accept treatment

Success Consult with a Board Certified Interventionist

Consulting an addiction professional, such as an interventionist, can help you organize an effective intervention. An interventionist, addiction professional, will take into account your loved one’s particular circumstances, suggest the best approach, and help guide you in what type of treatment and follow-up plan is likely to work best.

It’s especially important to consult an intervention professional if you suspect your loved one may react violently or self-destructively.lThe intervention occurs only once. This is strictly for effectiveness. An intervention occurs in a controlled environment that includes a trained counsellor. Once the intervention occurs, daily life must go on. An addict must choose whether or not they enter into rehab. Whether they agree to it or not, the loved ones must stick firm to the consequences that were outlined during the intervention.