For some individuals and families, the education process is enough to help support their efforts to get help for their friend or family member. But for others, it is clear that the person they are concerned about is incapable of admitting they are in trouble and need help. Decades of experience have shown that intervention is a powerful tool to help.
So, then – What is an Intervention? – How does it work? – Can it produce a successful result? - Can it fail? - Who gets involved? – Where do you begin?
What is an intervention? Intervention is a professionally directed education process resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs. Intervention helps the person make the connection between their use of alcohol and drugs and the problems in their life. The goal of intervention is for them to accept help.
How does intervention work? Much of the intervention process is education and information for the friends and family. The opportunity for everyone to come together, share information and support is critically important. Once everyone is ready, a meeting is scheduled with the person everyone is concerned about.
Can intervention be successful? Absolutely. When done with a person who is trained and successfully experienced as an interventionist, over 90% of people make a commitment to get help.
Can intervention fail? Yes. But, as stated above, most interventions are successful. In some cases, a person may refuse help at the time of the intervention, but as a result of the intervention, come back and ask for help later. Below are some resources for interventionists here in New York
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Drug and Alcohol Intervention