Tips for a Successful Drug Intervention

Drug intervention is a powerful way to help addicts see the true extent of how drug or alcohol use is affecting their own lives and the lives of those around them. Interventions can be difficult for everyone involved, but following a few simple guidelines will increase the odds for success.

Invite Close Friends and Family Members

The ideal number of people should be from four to six adults who have been directly impacted by the addict’s behavior.

Do it with Love

People struggling with addiction need to know the intervention is being done out of love.  Addicts should understand that the people around them still love them despite their mistakes, and that there are people who fully believe that they are capable of turning their lives around.

Be Prepared

Before conducting the intervention, all people involved should meet at least once before hand to discuss the plan for the intervention. Deciding the order in which everyone will speak and anticipating all possible reactions and scenarios will help to mentally and emotionally prepare all participants.

Location, Location, Location

The  family intervention should happen in a location where the addict feels comfortable. Most experts also recommend that the intervention happen when the addict is sober, so that he can listen and comprehend what is being said and the consequences he or she may face by not entering treatment.

Choose Consequences

Every participant in the drug or alcohol intervention should clearly state the consequences they are prepared to enforce if the addict chooses not to go through treatment. Consequences should center on no longer enabling the addicts behavior, whether it is cutting off the money supply the addict requires to continue using, severing all personal contact or even no longer providing a place for them to stay.

Have a Treatment Plan In Place

Since the ultimate goal of an intervention is having the addict enter rehabilitation, prior research and preparation is essential. Plans should be in place to move the subject of the intervention into treatment on the very same day. It’s a good idea to have bags packed, and arrangements in place for caring for children and pets. Anticipate any excuses the addict might use to avoid entering treatment and eradicate them.

Listening is Key

If at any point during the intervention, the addict begins asking for information regarding the treatment center and the amount of time he or she will need to stay, this is a sign that the addict is considering entering treatment.

Trust a Professional

Utilizing the services of a professional interventionist is a good idea as they can aid in every step of the process from early planning to the logistics of the intervention itself. People experienced in intervention services are skilled at keeping participants focused and productive and can assist in diffusing confrontation during this highly-charged, emotional experience. Having a professional on hand provides support for all involved and most importantly – the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve done everything possible to get your loved one into the treatment they so desperately need.


Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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