is an Intervention?
An intervention is a well planned and orchestrated meeting where
family members, friends,and (ideally) a professional Interventionist
confront an individual with an alcohol or substance abuse problem
in a compassionate manner. An intervention is a structured,
solution-focused process of getting help for a person who is
in denial or refuses to get help for alcoholism or substance
abuse. An intervention typically consists of a small group of
close friends, family members or co-workers who come together
in a caring and non-judgmental manner.
does it work?
A well-conducted intervention is objective, unequivocal, nonjudgmental
and caring in the presentation of specific facts. It is an empathetic
-- NOT sympathetic -- process. Prior to meeting the prospective
patient, an interventionist works with the interested parties,
educating them about the disease, treatment and the intervention
process. After a thorough preperation process, each participant
in the intervention takes a turn expressing their concerns and
how they see the target individual's behavior is affecting them
and this person. Participants may express their understanding
of the problem, but they most certainly don’t sympathize
with the problem. The problem is the PROBLEM. The person IS
NOT the problem. Additionally, there needs to be a rehab facility
already lined up and prepared to admit the person with the problem
immediately upon completion of the intervention.
is its Goal?
The goal of an intervention is to get the person with the problem
to agree to go and complete a rehab program. The purpose of
an intervention is to facilitate the prospective patient's admission
into an appropriate treatment program.