Tips for a successful intervention

Drug and alcohol interventions are important because they save lives!

Many people with an addicted love one watch and wait for them to stop the abuse on their own before offering help.  This often prove to be a dangerous approach since a fatal drug overdose can occur at any use event.  Brain imaging scans also show that changes to neurological functions relative to rational thinking and behavior control are usually impaired by regular drug abuse. Therefore, even if a loved one realize that they have a problem, their decision making skills are often skewed by addiction. For many addicts, a drug intervention is their only hope of recovery.

An effective drug intervention represents the coming together of family and friends for the purpose of persuading a loved one in addiction to accept treatment.  Since denial is a key component of addiction, the intervention enables the addict to see, often for the first time, exactly how their drug use is hurting themselves and impacting everyone in their lives. The greatest benefit, however, is that it gives them the opportunity to receive treatment for their condition.

Despite the inherent benefits of a drug intervention, family and friends often hesitate to confront a loved one about their addiction for fear of offending them or driving them even deeper into their drug abuse lifestyle.  As such, the idea of staging a drug intervention is frequently fraught with apprehension and doubt especially if the addiction has just been discovered. As such, they can be emotionally charged events if they are not properly planned and executed.   

The following are some important suggestions for those who are ready to stage an intervention to help get their addicted loved one on the road to recovery.  

Tips for a Successful intervention

  1. Seek the help of a professional drug interventionist with the expertise to guide you through the process.
  2. Prepare for the intervention by meeting with other family members or close friends who will be participating to discuss the best time, place and what will be shared with the person in addiction.
  3. Only include those individuals that will be able to stay within the parameters of the intervention to be respectful, non-judgmental and supportive throughout the process.
  4. Be sure to plan the intervention for a time when the person is not usually drunk or high.
  5. Select a safe, comfortable venue where there will be the least opportunity for distractions during the event.
  6. Identify an appropriate consequence for refusal to accept help.
  7. Make arrangement for the individual to be transported to a treatment facility immediately following the intervention.

According to intervention statistics, 50% of those in need of treatment for addiction deny that they have a problem.  However, surveys indicate that people in addiction are more eager to enter treatment after a drug intervention than family members are to stage one.  In fact, studies show a 95% success admission rate for people in addiction whose families staged a drug intervention to help stop the substance abuse.

A professional drug interventionist helps families with the various steps necessary to have a successful intervention by consulting with individuals who will be a part of the intervention team, assisting with selection of the venue, date and time as well as participating in the event.  The presence of a drug intervention professional help to maintain calm or ease highly charged reactions or resistance from the person in addiction as well as ensure a cohesive, focused message to achieve the desired outcome. An important part of the interventionist job is to facilitate the immediate transition of the addict from the meeting to the treatment center.  




If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.