Intervention Outline

At Change Your Direction Interventions, we understand that it can be difficult struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. That is why we offer professional drug intervention and alcohol intervention services in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, so we can guide our clients through these trying times. These include alcohol interventions and drug interventions which are designed to address each individual for their addiction.

Each intervention is unique. Our interventionist will guide you through the process. However, below, you will find a rough outline of what happens during the Intervention itself.

When planning early intervention for drug and alcohol for a loved one, you need to line-up a treatment facility, so that your loved-one can get immediate help. Once you have convinced them to get the assistance they need, there should be know delay in admitting your loved-one into treatment. If you have tried to help a loved one in the past but have been unsuccessful, do not become discouraged. Sometimes, it takes a few tries for someone to realize that they need treatment.

We believe in a hope for the best, but plan for the worst mentality. An intervention is a one-shot deal and every base should be covered in entirety to bring an addict to sobriety. At Change Your Direction Interventions, we are extremely thorough, and make sure we help in every way possible.

When dealing with addictive disorders, there is often confusion about an intervention that can lead to short-term goals, while not paving the way for long-term success. Some family members would simply be happy if the substance abuser quit using, believing that the problems stem solely from the substance abuse. However, long-term treatment and follow-up care is crucial. At Change Your Direction Interventions, we provide 3 months of follow-up weekly phone consultations to help guide your family through the process of recovery.

Others feel that success is defined as ‘getting our loved one to go to rehab,’ because the abuser has been resistant to the idea for so long. Many think that once the loved one agrees to treatment, the path to recovery is assured. However, it is important for the Intervention to starts with a with a qualified addiction professional who will help identify unhealthy “enabling” behaviors within the family. The addiction professional knows the correct steps to take in stopping the behaviors within the family that prevent recovery. Also, they will make the abuser feel safe ,so they can take accountabilty for the addictive behavior. This is crucial and leads to better treatment outcomes.

Interventionists are experts who help to relieve the anxiety and fear that you may face when planning an intervention, and guide you through the process. They are also there to help encourage you every step of the way and to let you know when you may be getting off track. A successful intervention hinges on the idea that your loved one needs to understand that they need help now, and that you are willing to do anything to get that help for them. Talking to a professional before you attempt an intervention will give you the tools that you need to succeed at helping your loved one choose to enter treatment.

How to Stage an Intervention

The first step in staging an intervention is contacting an intervention specialist. The intervention professional will keep communication between the parties moving. Intervention specialists help addicted people break their cycle of denial. An intervention specialist is crucial when staging a successful intervention.

Confronting an addict alone can actually make matters worse. He or she may become stubborn and not accept any help. Interventions should never be attempted by family and friends alone.

Form Your Intervention Group

Once on board, the enlisted addiction professional helps family and friends create an intervention strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for staging an intervention. These specialists work with intervening parties to address their loved ones’ specific needs. Some people who might help convince a loved one to start rehab include parents, siblings, spouses or partners, co-workers, and close friends.

Some intervention groups may include the addict’s children, grandparents, and other elderly family members. However, children and elderly family members must be prepared for intense moments during the confrontation.

Learn and Rehearse

Next, an intervention specialist will educate participating members about addiction and recovery. Knowledge and compassion help provide insights the intervention party can use to convince someone they need help. Friends and family must rehearse and prepare for the intervention with their intervention specialist.

Someone struggling with drug abuse or addiction might not see how their actions affect others. Addiction changes brain chemistry, causing users to put drug abuse above everything else. Friends and family can help bring about a “moment of clarity” by describing ways the addicted person has hurt them. These stories should be pre-written and reviewed by intervening members before the intervention. They must be delivered with love, and compassion.

Success Defined

The loved one accepts responsibilty for the addictive behavior by taking ownership of the problem.

The addict/alcoholic becomes willing to do whatever is necessary to recover.

The loved one learns to face and handle life situations in a healthy manner.

The family dynamic that surrounds a substance abuser is repaired by transforming it into a healthy sfamily ystem which no longer enables thre addiction, takes responsibilty for, or aids in continuing the unhealthy behaviors.


Think about the cost of intervention from another perspective, the price of not getting the most-effective treatment for addiction:

  • Money spent on drugs and/or alcohol
  • Expense of less effective substance abuse treatment— repeated visits
  • Medical costs related to use (ER visits, hospital stays)
  • Cost of legal consequences (possession, selling, DUI, stealing)
  • Lost wages from time away from work or loss of job completely
  • Cost of wasted opportunities—academic, professional, personal growth
  • Loss of treasured relationships because of lying, stealing, emotional volatility, etc.
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