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According to, an intervention can be defined as, an occurrence in which a person with a problem (such as a drug addiction) is confronted by a group (as of friends or family members) whose purpose is to compel the person to acknowledge and deal with the problem. That is straightforward, based on thedefinition. However, what does that mean in practical terms? And, what exactly does an intervention involve? Let’s break this down.

What happens during an intervention?

An intervention, by definition, seems simple. Let’s keep in mind that like substance abuse, an intervention, is not a concrete concept. Whether it is for medical, practical, or welfare purposes, an intervention can take on many forms. Regarding substance abuse, intervening in one’s behaviors or lifestyle as they are losing control, will require an ultimatum. Whether done with a professional or on your own, it will lead to the individual with an addiction making a concrete choice to change their behaviors. This will require the loved ones of the individual requiring the intervention to decide upon the best course of action prior to doing the intervention. This means that a plan must be put in place to help facilitate the next step, which may mean seeking professional help immediately.

When is staging an intervention effective?

When considering this, it requires investing effort in determining a few things. Have you considered the individual needs and characteristics of the loved one who needs an intervention? Have other individuals who are equally as concerned been consulted? Have you done research on how to stage an intervention? Have you considered seeking professional help for the intervention? Is it appropriate for the situation? Is the timing of the intervention beneficial for your loved one? Looking at all these things with your specific circumstances will truly determine the intervention’s effectiveness. Additionally, once all these factors have been considered, a specific plan should be put in place. This plan will provide guidance.

When is staging an intervention not effective?

This is simple. An intervention could not be effective if proper research and planning has not been done. Basically, let’s pretend that the best-case scenario was stated above, and the worst case is doing the opposite. Take your time, consider all the facts, and don’t go at it alone.

Should you hold an intervention on your own?

We live in an age where DIY is very popular. Whether it is do it yourself goods or services, this is a trend that does not seem to be going away. At the same time, holding an intervention for a loved one, even if it will be effective, can be problematic. Without proper training, an intervention will require specific skills to deal with difficult situations that only an interventionist can manage.

Should you hire an interventionist?

The best course at this point is to be cautious. It would be beneficial to seek interventionist services if your loved one has a history of violence, mental illness, or suicidal ideation. While violence is not always intended to happen, it can occur when one is confronted or feels threatened. Additionally, it is known that mental illnesses and substance abuse can be occurring at the same time. Often, mental illness can lead to the abuse of substances. Finally, if your loved one has presented talk or actions that seem suicidal, please seek additional help. The last thing that anyone would want in a delicate situation such as this, is to push anyone to a place where their safety will be compromised. While only a few reasons were considered, planning for each one by getting an interventionist will enable you to assist your loved one appropriately and effectively.

With all things considered, substance abuse interventions can promote positive change for an individual’s future. It is commendable whenever anyone wants to help their loved one and intervene to stop negative behaviors. Once research has been done and the needs of the loved one has been considered, please seek out the proper avenues to assist them.

Footprints to Recovery has a wealth of resources available, and our Admissions Coordinators are trained to effectively provide necessary supports in situations such as these. If you or someone you know would like assistance with this, please feel free to contact us, and we would be happy to assist you.

Author: Samantha Golding – Admissions Coordinator – Footprints to Recovery

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