“Telling the truth in a powerful circle of unconditional love”

The first step to getting help for a loved one is planning an intervention. Most of the work involved in an intervention is preparation. 

Once we have been asked for help in setting up an intervention, we begin by asking select family members and/or friends to write a letter about how they’ve been impacted by the behavior of the addict. The second step requires everyone involved in the intervention to decide on the consequences for the individual if they resist the intervention and reject the treatment plan. 

Naturally, the desired outcome – which usually occurs more often than not – is for the individual to go directly to treatment after the intervention. 

On the day of the actual intervention, all parties come together and draw on the detailed preparation and coaching our team has done to prepare them for this meeting.

FAQs About Interventions

What if the individual doesn’t agree to go to treatment?

If the individual doesn’t want to comply with the treatment plan, each attendee then reads Part B of the letter, outlining the consequences. Each attendee must be completely willing to stick to the consequences they have established. The consequences will vary based on the participant’s relationship with the individual. However, all participants need to be willing to distance themselves and establish firm boundaries with the individual unless they comply and agree to get the help everyone agrees they need.

What is an intervention?

An intervention is when concerned people meet with an individual battling addiction in order to show them the damage their behavior is causing, with the goal of getting them to agree to go into a treatment program.

Why stage an intervention?

One of the most fundamental signs of addiction is denial. An intervention is a powerful way to convince a person battling addiction to break through their denial and admit they have a problem. This enables them to accept the help they need to get clean. An intervention is also a good way to bring together the people who care about the individual so that they can create a unified front and plan a way forward. They can all agree to stop enabling their loved one’s addiction and instead support the individual’s treatment and recovery. An intervention is also a great way for everyone affected by the individual’s actions to find comfort and validation with each other, and find out how to get support for themselves too.

Who attends the intervention?

We arrange for an interventionist, a professional in the field, to lead the session. Attendees usually include family members and friends, and sometimes medical professionals, and members of the church. If the intervention takes place at work, it may include union representatives, work colleagues, or supervisors. Knowledge of the individual’s problems, concern for their wellbeing, and a commitment to the plan to get the individual into treatment are the only criteria for participating.

What kind of preparation is required?

The interventionist talks to the attendees and explains how to write a two-part letter (Part A and B, explained below) to read to the person during the intervention. We will also work with the family and union representatives to establish an appropriate treatment location that will be set up prior to the intervention, that the individual can be taken to directly following the intervention.

What happens at the intervention?

Select attendees (usually family and/or close friends) read Part A of the letter, in which they express their own personal feelings about the individual’s behaviors. They talk about what they have witnessed and what they felt and experienced as a result of the addictive behavior. An intervention is, by its nature, an emotional event, but attendees are encouraged to avoid anger, judgments, or criticism. This is a time for honest, loving, communication.


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