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How to do an Intervention

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Will An Intervention Really Help a Loved One With Addiction?

Intervention is a formal, therapeutic process where one or more interventionists help on behalf of an individual or a family with substance abuse and/or interpersonal problems. Intervention can be done in different ways and for different reasons - from those supporting someone with problems with alcohol or drugs to those concerned about their friend's inability to find work.

The Side Effects of an Intervention

There are many reasons why an intervention might be necessary. It could be to get a loved one into rehab to help them battle addiction,

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or it could be for a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder. Sometimes, it is just that someone needs to have a serious talk with someone they care about who is making poor choices in life. Most frequently, however, interventions are conducted to try to help people with substance use disorder (SUD).

Professionals in an Intervention

Intervention team members may include a professional interventionist, a life coach, and/or a family member or friend. The goal of the intervention is to confront the person with addiction in as gentle a way as possible and help them consider an alternative way of living such as undergoing treatment for addiction.

Techniques to Follow

It’s important to familiarize yourself with the content of a guide or framework. An interventionist guide can be extremely helpful if you need to know what to do and how to follow through with an intervention. You will also need a list of people that will be involved in the process to conduct the intervention effectively from start to finish.

Strategies to Intervene

It is a difficult and emotional process for the person to change their behaviors, but it should be done for their own good. The goal of intervention is to interrupt the progression of the disorder, reduce or eliminate symptoms, and improve future outcomes.


The word intervention is often used to describe sudden, life-threatening changes in a person's health. Nurses are often the first to intervene if they notice blood pressure changes, changes in breathing patterns, or other signs of danger. It’s important as individuals and as a society to treat substance use disorders as the profound threats to health that they are.


Quality, effective intervention in Philadelphia can help curb the increasing problem of drug addiction that the city is dealing with. These professionals can provide personalized services that can be more effective than a one-size-fits-all approach. If you are ready to get some help for yourself or a loved one with addiction, contact Addiction Treatment Group today.


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