An intervention can work in many different ways. The main goal of an intervention is to make a distinctive attempt in combination with loved ones, friends, and coworkers to get through to an addicted individual. The hopeful end result of an intervention is to convince the addicted individual to seek treatment for his or her problem.

The Importance of an Intervention



The person will typically feel the need to seek professional help and enter a rehab facility or treatment program. Intervention allows people who love, work, or are friends with the individual to come together and create a caring crisis for the person who abuses alcohol or drugs. This process shows the person that the effects of his or her drinking or drug use effects not only the abuser but also the people around him or her.

The arranged intervention meeting will bring together a variety of people in support, such as family members, friends, doctor, employer, co-workers, and a possible religious supporter who has closely observed the damaging choices the person has made in the past. The intervention process is to create a turning point, a climax of sorts, to allow the person to see the full and realistic picture of harm that his or her drinking or drug abuse has caused.

Preparing an Intervention

Preparing for an intervention is simple. The goal is to help the addict realize that everyone is willing to support their attempt to recover.  This can be accomplished by having each person prepare a list of consequences they have endured as a result of the addict’s behavior during the addiction.  These can include such things as missing important family events, irresponsibility in daily routines, lack of personal hygiene, and anything else the addict has done that inflicted physical or emotional pain.  As each person takes a turn expressing their feelings, hopefully the addict defeats denial and agrees to enter a treatment program right away.