How Do You Schedule an Intervention?

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What are interventions used for?

What is an intervention? An intervention is a blend of program elements and/or strategies that may be executed in different settings to generate behavior changes or better the health for on individual, a group of people, or an entire population.

An intervention can be used to address a person’s serious personal problem with alcohol and/or drugs, compulsive eating or other eating disorders, compulsive gambling, or any type of  self-harm behavior and practices. Intervention is used to help a victim of abuse, emotionally, financially, mentally, or physically.

What is an intervention method?

No addiction stories are the same, because no two people are the same. With that in mind, intervention methods vary to fit the person and their addiction.  There are several natural forms, with four common methods that many interventionists have found to be successful base to begin with. They can be used by family and friends based on the severity of the person’s addiction and situation, and whether it felt they are going to be receptive.

What is an example of an intervention?

The following are examples of basic intervention descriptions, but it should be remembered to carry these methods out with love while including attention to the details and incorporating the loved one’s interests. Speaking with and using the support of an experienced counselor or interventionist is always recommended. 

  • Simple Intervention: A one-on-one intervention can replace a large, staged gathering, asking the addicted person to stop their use of alcohol or drugs. Asking them to consider starting a comprehensive addiction treatment. Many times, this simple intervention, with or without a professional interventionist can bring about the change the family and friends are hoping for.
  • The Classical Intervention: The classical intervention needs to start with all concerned parties outside of the addict having a planning session. This intervention type should include professional counsel and education for the participants. The planning should include the family discussing what their part of the intervention should be so that everyone involved is prepared. 
  • The Family Intervention: This intervention style is based on a family system using theory and treatment and is common in families where multiple members have had the addiction struggles or were co-dependent.  Every member of the family should be invited to participate and then continue being there for the addict after the initial intervention. The goal is for the addicted person to benefit from the changes from family experience and give them a greater motivation for recovery while getting the needed support.
  • The Crisis Intervention: If there is ever a question as to when is an intervention necessary, the crisis intervention is a great example. When the addicted person has a crisis in their life, it can sometimes make it clear to that person and those around them that rehab is needed. This requires an impromptu intervention that has an immediate goal of stabilizing the current situation and maximize safety for the addict and those around them. This requires tough love with rehab to start immediately. 

What are the 3 levels of intervention?

  • Level I – Contact a counselor or certified interventionist to assist in organizing the intervention. 
  • Level II – Investigate and research the addiction and the addict, finding support information.  
  • Level III – The Intervention, presenting the subject and the serious consequences if treatment is not accepted. 
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How do you create an intervention?

For an intervention to be successful, it is helpful to know how to set up an intervention first, and nothing can be more helpful in doing this than consulting with a counselor or interventionist. 

Because a person with an addiction may not always realize they have a problem, they usually aren’t willing to discuss seeking treatment. It isn’t until they realize how their behavior is impacting others and an intervention can often be successful in that aspect.  Here are the recommended steps to create an intervention:

  1. Create your plan and include the family members and friends that are concerned with the addict’s behavior. Consult with a qualified professional counselor or addiction professional for guidance. An intervention can often become a highly charged situation where anger, betrayal, and resentment surface. 
  2. Gather information about the addiction and to what extent the loved one’s problem and research the treatment programs so that you’re prepared to offer this to the addict. 
  3. Form the intervention team that will be participating with the intervention in person. Agree on a date, time, and place, keeping this information from the addict. Nonfamily members should be included to keep the focus on the addict’s problem with family emotions.
  4. Decide on the specific consequences the addict may face if they refuse help. Each team ember needs to have a specific action they will utilize, such as moving, no visitation with children, job loss, etc. 
  5. Each team member should have notes on what they want to say and examples of times that relate to the problem for them. The addict will have a hard time arguing with facts. 
  6. Hold the intervention without revealing  what is planned with the addict. Each member should have a turn at speaking and the group should have a treatment option ready to discuss with the addict. 

Why would someone set up an intervention?

Because you care about and love a person enough that you don’t want to see them destroying their life and the lives of those around them. The goal of an intervention is to encourage the addict to seek treatment. Call 855-277-3785 today for your intervention help needs.