What is an intervention?

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"An intervention is an attempt to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of traumatic event or crisis, or other serious problem. The term intervention is most often used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs or other items. Interventions have been used to address serious personal problems, including, but not limited to, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, drug abuse, compulsive eating and other eating disorders, self harm and being the victim of abuse".

An intervention is facilitated by a trained professional.

This process occurs when all other avenues specific to getting an addicted loved one the help he/she needs lay exhausted...and...the gift of help is still refused.

An intervention is for...

...a loved one who needs treatment for an addictive illness, untreated mental health disorder, untreated PTSD, who refuses to get help on their own even though though lives are spinning out of control.


Promises to get help by the addict were never honored by the addict.

It is for the mother or father who is in jeopardy of losing custody of a child or children due to drugs and/or alcohol running rampant in their lives...placing the need to be a parent at the lowest of the most tragic of lows.

Your loved one could be looking at county or state jail time for ongoing involvement with the criminal justice system due to DUI's, possession charges, etc.

He or she could be that young man or woman in college or just out of high school (or still in high school) whose life, at such a young and promising age, has been torn to pieces by this ravaging disease with no signs of stopping. Yet, they see themselves as invincible. Addiction has them believing the life threatening lie that they will be okay because youth is on their side. 

An intervention is meticulously and carefully planned with family and friends. Compassion, love, and hope are the cornerstones of an intervention. Interventions are just as much for family and friends of the addicted loved one as the addict him or herself. One of the primary emotions that feed addiction is fear. An intervention smashes the longstanding fear that has been lingering and festering within the addict and family system. The restoration of balance and boundaries within the family system begin to replace the unbridled fear and doubt which were decimating relationships.


"Never quit five minutes before the miracle happens!"