How Does an Intervention Work?

Dealing with addiction in the family is a stressful time. You may be at your wits end worried about your loved one’s health and safety and frustrated that they are in denial about needing help. When other attempts to get them into treatment haven’t worked, or you’re unsure about how to approach the topic, an intervention can be beneficial.

An intervention is a highly structured, planned conversation involving close family and friends, the person in active addiction, and an intervention specialist. Northbound has a team of on-site interventionists as well as a network of connections throughout the country to assist with out-of-state interventions. You do not have to go through the process alone.

If a loved one is in denial about the extent of their substance use, or is unwilling or unable to recognize the negative effects, an intervention can shed light on the reality of the situation. The interventionist will work with your family to:

  • identify concrete examples of the person’s destructive behavior
  • create a narrative of what each person will say (usually in the form of a letter)
  • determine a plan of action when your loved one either accepts or refuses treatment

The goal is not to place blame or make the person feel shamed, but rather to show how much they are cared about and how concerned people are for their well-being.

If the person accepts the offer for help, the team at Northbound can start the admissions process to get them into treatment as soon as possible. If the person refuses help, a set of predetermined consequences will be enforced such as cutting off monetary support, asking them to move out, or suspending contact with children. Once they realize the impact of their decision, they may change their mind and see that they do have a problem and need treatment.

Recovery is possible at Northbound, and through an organized intervention, our team can help your loved one to break out of the cycle of denial and move in a positive direction in their life. You can have peace of mind knowing that they are in a safe environment receiving the personalized treatment they need. In addition, family is engaged in the recovery process as well. It’s not too late to get your loved one the help they need at Northbound.

If you’re concerned about someone you love, contact Northbound today about talking to an intervention specialist.

Article Reviewed by Paul Alexander

Paul AlexanderPaul Alexander is the founder and CEO of Northbound Treatment. He received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. He believes wholeheartedly in transformational leadership, organizational health and effective, fully integrated substance use disorder treatment.

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