What is an intervention?

An intervention is a preplanned conversation between family / loved ones and the person affected by the addiction. Interventions are often lead by an intervention specialist, family councillor or addiction therapist and are structured in a format whereby the individual is confronted yet supported through a conversation about actively seeking addiction treatment.

Usually interventions are a last resort from a family to get help for a loved one. Denial is a very common thread with people suffering with substance use issues and repeated attempts for individual appeals to seek treatment may warrant a more structured approach.

Often families and loved ones are too emotionally invested in their family member caught up in the addiction and need guidance to mindfully steer the conversation into a format that the person is as comfortable as possible in the process and hopefully willingly accepts the offer for treatment. The biggest role of the intervention specialist is to guide both the family and the potential patient into a path that leads to their treatment or amicable resolution.

When to Intervene for a Loved One

Families know their loved ones best, however intervening in an adults life not only invasive but a complex soup of pent up emotion and turmoil. Where a substance or behaviour becomes threatening to the wellbeing of a person or their immediate family, and where they do not willingly accept help with the problem. That is the point where consulting an intervention specialist is necessary.

Do Interventions Go According To Plan?

Some do some don’t, it really depends on the person and their willingness to receive treatment or help. Typically the process (as seen on TV) is highly confrontational and needlessly victimizes the person. This is why we have been consulting with Recovery Direct that does in no way follow the militant process of reaching the same waypoints for treatment. People suffering with “drug / alcohol” addictions are not alienated “addicts” but human beings that have a substance use disorder.

People were never created to live defeated, guilty, ashamed or unworthy. We are each, limitless and great in every way, we just need to learn that.