What Is An Intervention Program?

With the popularity of reality TV and various media coverage, intervention programs have become quite the dinner table discussion. Whether you have personal experience with addiction or are seeking help for a loved one, educating yourself in regard to the recovery process is imperative in ensuring the best possible results.

An intervention program is a treatment method used by the mental health community, and utilized in a number of ways to better the situation of individuals who have become dependant on various substances or activities. Each intervention provides the subject with a collaborative treatment package, by which friends, family members and specialists are able to help the addict move towards a more fulfilling and happy life.

Types Of Interventions

There are a wide array of intervention programs; the most common of which is adduction-based. People with gambling, drug and alcohol or even food dependencies may benefit greatly from an intervention. Other common intervention programs include those with a focus on developmental disability treatment. Individuals who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can also benefit from these type of programs.


Intervention programs work to assist friends and family members of the addict in question with the planning and implementation of the intervention. An intervention specialist will be assigned to work with the intervention party members, acting as both a moderator and authority figure. These specialists will have a large sum of experience dealing with addiction, perhaps even personally, and will act as the sole mediator of the intervention. The intervention specialist will be provided with overview of the addict’s drug and family history to get each party member to cooperate and organize. Most specialists will request that participants write out letters to the addict, outlining their love, concern and hope that they accept help. The letters will then be read allowed before the group and addict during the actual intervention.


One of the most effective aspects of an intervention approach is the collaborative effort of the addict’s friends and family members. By working together, a group of people committed to a goal will prove much more effective than one-on-one confrontations. Participants are encouraged to be supportive, loving and optimistic while showing their concern for the addict, something that may not come quite as easy without the support of a large group. As a result, the addict will either be forced to deal with their issues or potentially lose relationships, freedoms and support.


Once an addict has agreed to accept help, the journey towards recovery has only just begun. Individuals will typically be taken to a rehab facility where a treatment plan can be determined and their condition assessed.  With time, determination and the support of friends and family members, many individuals find their intervention experience to be the first step towards happiness, prosperity and a life once only imagined.

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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