Addiction is a stubborn disease that won’t go away on its own.  If anything, it almost always gets worse over time.  It’s a disease that feeds on human neglect, claiming more hostages with each passing day.

  1. Alcoholics and addicts must hit rock bottom before getting help. Intervention professional interventionist can help people way before they hit the ultimate bottom. Interventions raise the bottom., proved time and time again hitting rock bottom not necessary for people to recover., with service of a trained interventionist.
  2. Alcoholics and addicts must ask for help on their own. For a great many alcoholics and addicts, maybe even a majority, their disease is such that they are incapable of asking for help.
  3. It is not okay to confront people about their alcoholism or addiction. A well-planned, sensitive intervention is not a confrontation. It is, instead, what one might call a care-frontation, helping the alcoholic or addict become more aware of the truth of their own behavior.
  4. Alcoholics and addicts have a good chance of quitting on their own. It’s not impossible for a motivated, committed addict to halt the spiral of addiction. But it is difficult – one of the most difficult things anyone could ever try to do – and it is rare. Very rare.
  5. Unless alcoholics or addicts want treatment, the treatment will not be successful. One of the purposes of treatment is to help addicts overcome their resistance. And surprising things often happen in treatment. “Send the body,” goes the old saying, “and the mind will follow.”
  6. The intervention process must be heavy-handed and confrontational. The most effective interventions are gentle, straightforward and caring.
  7. A person who has been the subject of an intervention will resent those who participated in the intervention. That rarely happens. It almost never happens during an invitational, family-workshop model of intervention, when the focus is on the family and not the addict.
  8. Guilt and shame are effective motivators to recovery. Just the opposite – guilt and shame keep people stuck in their diseases and are the most powerful impediments to recovery.
  9. The intervention model is one-size-fits-all. There is no type of intervention that is appropriate for every situation. The role of an experienced interventionist is determining what style and technique is best suited for each individual situation.
  10. The only person who benefits from an intervention is the person with the addiction. The whole family benefits. Family members, in fact, are often suffering more than the addicted person is. In many interventions, the family is the “patient.” The addicted person is just another family member.
  11. Once the intervention is over, the interventionist’s job is finished. Intervention is a process, not an event, and it’s a process that is not completed when the initial intervention has been conducted. Long-time monitoring and follow-up are important to ensure that the family and the addicted person continue to heal.
  12. If the addict doesn’t go to treatment immediately, then the intervention was a failure. Quite the opposite. Most addicts who participate in interventions do seek treatment. On occasion, it may take some time to get their affairs in order and accept the gift of treatment. But when they do go to treatment, they go with a much better attitude.