Addiction Intervention Options

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When it comes to planning an addiction intervention, it is important to be informed and educated on the different types of interventions we offer. Our intervention offers individuals with a vested interest in an addict’s recovery the opportunity to express their concerns in a loving and non-judgmental fashion. Many addicts have been able to recovery successfully, an outcome made possible by means of a well-planned intervention. Choosing the intervention best suited for the situation at hand will ultimately help ensure the greatest possibility for success. In this entry, we will outline a few common options in hopes of helping you determine the best course of action.

Brief Interventions

Brief interventions are used to encourage addicts to alter their current behaviors. Here, the goal is pointing out the direct consequences of their dependency along with the effects they will likely experience in the event they choose to continue. Brief interventions can also be used to aid the addict in establishing various goals to help in their recovery. Some will include a written contract to help the addict stick to these changes.

Pre-Treatment Interventions

If a brief intervention fails to do the trick, a pre-treatment intervention is the next step. In a pre-treatment intervention, a professional interventionist is brought in to discuss the situation with close friends and family members of the addict. Once our interventionist has gathered enough information, they will attempt to speak with the addict with an end goal of addiction treatment. During this process, friends and family members are forced to look at their interactions with the addict, while making changes to help ensure a positive outcome. An interventionist may have to meet with an addict several times before treatment is accepted.

Traditional Interventions

Traditional interventions are very similar to pre-treatment interventions. The main difference is immediacy. As with a pre-treatment intervention, one of our interventionists is brought in to discuss the addict’s history, family dynamics and current status. Though, instead of a one-on-one meeting with an interventionist, a traditional intervention includes a group of close friends and family members. In this instance, the addict will be brought to a neutral location where friends and family members are gathered. Participants take turns reading letters to the addict outlining their love, concern and a request to accept help for their addictions. If there is any hesitation from the addict, each participant outlines a list of changes set to occur if help is refused. Once addicts are forced to deal with the magnitude of the situation, many are happy to seek help for their dependency.


Whatever path you choose, making the decision to include one of our professional drug and alcohol intervention specialist will work to ensure the best possible outcome for both participants and addict alike. Stay positive, loving and keep pushing forward; Sunny days are always better after a good storm.

Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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