Intervention, Starting the Road to Recovery

20. October 2015

What is an Intervention?


Intervention is defined as the action or process of intervening, interference by a country in another’s affairs and/or action taken to improve a situation, especially a medical disorder. When a loved one is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism many loved ones will have an intervention to help persuade them to seek out professional help. Two of leading causes of death in the United States are related to drug addiction and alcohol.  Many addicts and alcoholics will not go into a detox center or a rehab center without a fight, this is when many family members will have an intervention. An intervention can literally be the difference between life and death for someone who is in the midst of their addiction or alcoholism.

Addicts and alcoholics base most of their time around drugs and alcohol. Their primary concern will almost always focus on when and how to get the next drink or drug. Getting clean and sober may cross their mind, but taking action can seem almost impossible when the drugs and alcohol have such a strong hold over their minds. This is why an intervention is such an important step for family members to take. An intervention can take place with any amount of people, but it is best to keep the group smaller (3-6 people) and chose those who are closest to the one who is having the intervention done. During an intervention, loved ones will be able to sit down and express their concerns to their loved one who is struggling. They can voice how their loved one’s addiction/alcoholism has been affecting their lives. It is best to write down your plan of action for the intervention prior to having it, emotions can run high and you can get overwhelmed. Not all interventions are successful, they can be an emotional roller coaster for the people who are trying to help. Due to the intense stress involved in having an intervention many people will choose to hire an interventionist.

What is an Interventionist and How Will They Help?

woman speaking with an interventionist

An interventionist is an expert in the field of addiction. Many of them are recovering addicts and alcoholics who have turned their lives around and have studied the disease of addiction. They are trained in how to correctly speak with and address an addict. Their ultimate goal is to help persuade the addict or alcoholic to seek treatment. They know how to correctly run an intervention and keep all the gears moving smoothly. An intervention that is organized and productive will be more successful than one that is not. The interventionist will be able to navigate certain difficulties that others may not be able to. When an addict responds in a defensive or even violent manner they will help keep everyone calm and on the right track. An interventionist will keep the intervention moving at the correct pace and can even help place the one struggling into a treatment center that will help their specific needs.

An interventionist will help figure out a plan of action that is designed around your loved one’s specific needs. They will outline a history of their addiction and make a detailed strategy based on their abuse history. Using this analysis, they will create an outline to help keep the intervention on the correct track. The interventionist will help put together a good group of people who they believe will be the most influential in the intervention. Prior to doing an intervention, the interventionist will help the family decide on what model of an intervention they will do. Different models are better for certain individuals.

Different Intervention Models

The Johnson Model is the most popular model for interventions. This is the model that most people imagine when they picture an intervention. It is confrontation and surprise style where the family members will surprise their loved one with an intervention, but they will let one know that they will completely support their loved one getting help. But if they refuse to get help, the loved ones must express that their will be consequences for them refusing help. If your loved one is easily upset you may want to try the Systemic Model, this model is more focused on positive encouragement. The Invitational Model is similar Johnson model but does not use the surprise aspect of it. They invite their love done to attend the intervention in hopes they will come. The field model is a combination of the Johnson Model and the Invitational model, it is a flexible model where many decisions are made on site. There are also types of interventions that do not fall into any of these models. Certain interventionist has created their own approach.

When trying to choose what model is best for approaching your loved one it is always best to get an interventionist to help make the decision. They will study the situation and your loved one’s history to help create a plan of action that will be best for them.

An intervention can help give your loved one that push they need to seek out help. The ultimate goal of an intervention is to get your loved one to agree to seek out help for their addiction or alcoholism. Hopefully, they will agree to enter into a drug and alcohol rehab center and will be able to live a long, happy life without drugs or alcohol.

How Can I Get Help for My Loved One?

If you are seeking help for a loved one who is currently struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, then having an intervention may be the right choice. If they have refused help in the past consider hiring an interventionist to help with the process. If you need help finding an interventionist or lining up a treatment center please feel free to reach out to us today. You can call us toll-free at 1-877-478-4621 Help is out there, an intervention can make all the difference in whether your loved one will agree to turn their life around.