A successful intervention is an opportunity for an addicted individual to accept help from concerned loved ones and take the first step toward recovery.

Any person who is addicted to illicit drugs, alcohol or abuse of prescription drugs who persists in that addiction and who repeatedly rejects the idea of addiction treatment is in need of an intervention. Not only is the drug user affected by the addiction, but also their entire network of family and friends. Several structured and solid processes have been developed over the past years in order to help families plan an intervention for their loved one.

Families can be aided by a trained interventionist educator before, during, and after the intervention in order to help the intervention be a success, and for the loved one to accept help for their addiction.

Drug addicts commonly will be reluctant to admit that their problems in relationships, health, and work stem from their substance abuse. They will instead, blame other people or circumstances. It is frequently believed that a drug user must hit rock bottom in order for them to seek help. This is not the case. Research has shown that it is best to intervene early, before the addiction gets worse and the damage is irreversible. Interventionist's who are skilled in effectively communicating can be present in order to improve the chances of  your loved one accepting the needed treatment.

It can be very tempting to hold an intervention unmoderated and without professional help. These are often found to be counterproductive as the once-believed, simple conversation with the loved-one turns into them reacting angrily, or even violently when confronted. Interventions are oftentimes intensely emotional. An interventionist will aid in keeping the conversation positive, calm, effective, and on track.

Before starting an intervention, a few things should be in order:

Most substance abusers do not even realise they have a problem. These type of addicts are the most typical candidates for an intervention. Not all addicts are in denial, but instead fear treatment due to the withdrawal that they know they will undergo. They most likely have either heard horror stories from others, or even experienced it themselves and never want to experience it again. These fears and concerns must be addressed during the intervention and is vital to the successful moving forward towards treatment for your loved-one. The best way for you to communicate about your loved-ones fears that they may face, is with a trained interventionist.

An experienced interventionist will have the knowledge to be able to aid the substance abuser's family, friends, or co-workers to participate in the intervention in a way that is helpful and non-judgemental. They will usually:

After the successful intervention, the users will to get help is usually high and they will then enter a treatment program. It is crucial to have a plan of action for implementing the best treatment option. The interventionist will begin to make prior arrangements in anticipation of a successful outcome and will guide the family in choosing the best treatment for their loved-one.

Even a non-successful intervention is not a loss, as this will plant in them a seed that will bear fruit in time. A intervention failure will not pose any health or psychological risks to your loved one or make their addiction worse. It shows them the negative impact their actions have had on their family and friends. The intervention will have provided the loved-one with the available treatment options and increase the likelihood of them accepting treatment.

An intervention is never easy, but it could make the difference between life and death. It is often the only thing that will work to finally make an addict receive help. Now is never too late to find a trained and skilled professional to aid you and your family in addressing your loved-ones substance abuse.