The Basics of an Intervention


Drug or alcohol addiction doesn’t just affect the addict—it often also takes an emotional toll on the individual’s friends and family members. As a result, many families have found an intervention to be a successful way to help their loved one get the treatment he needs. The ultimate purpose of an intervention is to show an addict that he is loved and to help him recognize that professional help is needed to recover.

Preparing for the Intervention

Prior to an intervention, family members and loved ones often meet to plan out what will happen. One of the first steps in this planning process is to set a date and time for the intervention and to choose an intervention leader. Each friend or family member who will be present at the intervention should prepare a written statement or letter to the addict as a way to convey concerns and feelings.

Staging the Intervention

For an intervention to be successful, the addict will need to be caught off guard when he arrives. This element of surprise makes it difficult for an addict to come up with an excuse or to avoid the process altogether. Once the addict arrives, he should be asked to sit down and to listen to his loved ones’ concerns.

Issuing the Ultimatum

The purpose of an intervention is to help an addict understand how his behavior is harming friends and family members. At the end of the intervention, an addict’s loved ones will need to issue an ultimatum to get the treatment needed or face certain new boundaries that the group has set in place.

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