Identification / Intervention

Those afflicted with a drug or alcohol addiction often fail to understand the health and emotional consequences of addiction and often minimise the seriousness of the situation in their mind. Often, arriving at a solution seems impossible.

Ultimately, there are five key things to know and remember at all times about intervention. They are as follows:

  1. An intervention is a strategic plan to help a loved one to seek treatment for their addiction
  2. The ultimate goal of the intervention is to ensure the person who is addicted to particular substances gets the help and support they need
  3. An intervention is not a shaming, judgemental, or blame-passing activity
  4. Intervention is all about creating a safe, empathic and healthy environment for all involved
  5. Interventions can be emotionally difficult, but they are worth it in the long run

How does an intervention work?

Intervention is, in essence, a meeting between family, colleagues or friends which takes place in the presence of the addict and most sensibly, a professional addiction counsellor.

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The counsellor will take guiding charge over the meeting and will control the flow of the discussion. This ensures charged emotions are kept at bay on both sides of the fence.

The professional intervention of this nature often means the addict will take the proceedings seriously from the start. The aim of the meeting is to ensure the addict fully appreciates the health implications of his or her addiction and so that the addict understands addiction to drugs and alcohol is considered a medical illness like any other.