Intervention Procedures: Addiction Intervention Now

Intervention Procedures


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For those who are new to the world of interventions, specifically friends and family of an addict, you may not know what to expect from the process. While it can vary slightly from addict to addict, overall intervention procedures are the same and involve the following steps:

Speaking to the family

Before the actual intervention begins, certain intervention procedures must take place. First, an intervention specialist meets with family members to hear about the concerns that they may have about the addict. The certified interventionist needs to get as much of the story as possible so the right course of action can be taken. This is paramount to ensuring a successful intervention and is an integral part of intervention procedures. At that stage of the intervention, family and friends learn what they might expect when the intervention takes place. This might include deciding on consequences should the sick loved one not choose to get help. It also includes preparing for the emotions that are more than likely going to surface during the intervention.

Preparing family intervention letters

The family is then asked to prepare a statement that they will read to their loved one when the intervention takes place. Each family member writes a letter to the addict that describes specific situations when the loved one’s drug use or drinking affected them and other people around them. The aim of the family intervention letters is to persuade the addict to accept the help that is being offered.

Placing the addict in treatment

During the intervention, the goal is for the addict to ultimately accept the help that is available to them to treat their substance abuse problem. Typically, they must leave immediately and they may be escorted by the intervention specialist. The treatment option is arranged prior to the intervention based on the addict’s history of abuse and the other relevant information provided by friends and family members.