However, since addiction is a progressive disease that only gets worse over time, the earlier you can convince your friend or family member to go into treatment, the better it is for everyone involved. That’s where an intervention program might come in to play.

What is an Intervention?


Interventions are carefully-planned, professionally-guided meetings between the person with the abuse problem and those closest to them. The purpose of an intervention is to help the person realize the compelling connection between their substance use and current problems they might be facing. As a result, the hope is that the individual will agree to seek help for their substance use disorder – typically immediately following the intervention meeting.

Who Participates in the Intervention?


An effective intervention usually includes any or all of the following:

  • Family members directly impacted by the substance abuse (spouses, parents, siblings, etc.)
  • Close friends and co-workers
  • Clergy or teachers that know the individual on a personal level
  • A professional counselor that specializes in intervention to oversee and guide the meeting

Most successful interventions have around six participants. Do not include anyone in the intervention that the person does not like or those that will have difficulty controlling their tongue or their temper. If there is someone you believe should be at the intervention, but you are concerned about their reaction at the meeting, consider having that person write a letter to the subject of the intervention that can be read at the meeting.

When Intervention Is Needed

While some people that develop a substance use disorder will seek help on their own, that is not always the case. If you are seeing the warning signs of addiction, you do not need to wait until the person hits bottom to stage an intervention. The earlier you confront the person about their substance use, the earlier that person can get the help they need. To learn more about the intervention process, contact Treatment Now.

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