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Intervention FAQs

Once you begin planning an intervention, your interventionist will tell you everything you need to know. In the meantime, this information can help you get started.

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Deep down, most people know when it’s time for an intervention. Generally, the family has been in crisis for quite some time because of the loved one’s addiction. They’ve tried everything they can think of to try to “fix” the situation: from harsh measures like cutting off ties completely to overly supportive actions that border on enabling. While the person struggling with addiction may not seem ready to accept help, families turn to intervention when they can’t handle the exhausting cycle of addiction any longer – and they’re not willing to write off their loved one altogether.

Addiction is a disease and “rock bottom” is not a real medical concept. If a loved one had cancer, for example, you wouldn’t wait for them to hit “rock bottom” before getting them medical care. People struggling with addiction deserve the help and support of their loved ones at every stage of their journey in the downward spiral of addiction. More importantly, “rock bottom” can be an irreversible incident that sends your loved one to jail for life, leaves them with a lifelong physical disability, or worst of all, ends in their death. Don’t risk it all by waiting for a clear “rock bottom” moment. Your loved one deserves help before then – and so do you.

An intervention may only take a few hours, but the process of planning one can take weeks or months. You’ll have to choose your “intervention team”: the individuals who will attend and speak to your loved one about how addiction has impacted them. Then, each team member will need to prepare an “impact statement” to be read during the event itself. You’ll plan how to get your loved one to the site of the intervention without giving away what’s happening. Most importantly, during the intervention you’ll need to make sure that all participants maintain a loving, supportive environment free of unhelpful shame, blame, and anger. From there, you’ll need to offer your loved one professional addiction treatment and likely transport them immediately to the care of an addiction treatment facility.

Professional interventionists have dedicated their lives and careers to ensuring that families like yours have a fulfilling and effective intervention experience. The reality is that you might only get one shot at an intervention, and interventionists have the education, experience, and compassion to help you do it right. They’ve seen it all, and know how to solve for any problems that may arise. Professional interventionists understand that families affected by addiction have gone through the ringer already. They help make the process of the intervention as seamless and stress-free for you and your family as possible – while getting the best possible outcome. 

Drug or alcohol interventions facilitated by a professional interventionist have a very high degree of success in terms of persuading a loved one to accept addiction treatment. However, it is possible that your loved one will refuse treatment – or even storm out of the intervention. You can rest assured knowing that your interventionist has experienced all kinds of adverse situations in interventions, and they will know the next best step to achieve a positive resolution for you and your family.

Unfortunately, health insurance does not yet cover addiction interventions. That’s why United Intervention Services is dedicated to offering the most professional, effective, and affordable intervention care nationwide.

Individuals of almost any age can be the subject of an intervention. That includes teen children or aging parents. However, when choosing individuals to attend an intervention, try to include people that are able to sit comfortably and quietly for a long time in an environment that may become uncomfortable. Generally, most people avoid inviting children under 12 or very aged adults for their own comfort. Anyone can be included by having their impact letter read.