What is an intervention?
An intervention is an attempt—usually organized by family and friends—to convince a loved one to seek professional addiction treatment. Ideally, interventions are planned meetings, led by professional interventionists; in which participants (family and close friends) confront the addicted person in a loving yet honest way.
Typically, participants read letters to the addict that conveys how his or her disease has impacted them. Participants also deliver a list of ultimatums, or things they will no longer tolerate or participate in if the individual refuses to seek addiction treatment. Ultimatums range from refusing to provide money to the addict to stating one's intent to seek custody of children who may be endangered by the addict’s behavior.
After letters are read and the consequences of refusing treatment are clearly outlined, the addict must decide whether he is going to seek help or live with addiction and its aftermath.
For an intervention to be successful, it is important that enough time has been given to set up the actual intervention. Additionally, a properly conducted intervention should always involve the collaboration of a professional interventionist and supportive family and friends. Often interventionist services, depending on the location, include transportation to our admissions office to ensure a smoother transition for the family and the patient through this emotional process.
There is never a “right time” for an intervention. For families and professionals dealing and working with an addicted individual who is resisting treatment, please call us to discuss what steps you should take. We have options that can meet your needs and professionals that will offer guidance during this most difficult time and begin to offer you hope for the future.