The Intervention Process

The addiction intervention process by South Florida Intervention


1. Crisis Precipitates Intervention

She was arrested for driving driving under the influence; a month ago she was fired from work, not to mention her friends having to call 911; 

2. Anger and Fear

I told him next time he came home drunk I was taking the kids and leaving; we are so afraid she’s going to die from an overdose; if we don’t do something there may not be a next time; I am losing hope of ever being in a happy marriage;

3. Seeks Solutions and Empowerment

I spent all day searching the internet for answers; I read addiction is a disease but what does that mean anyway; there are so many treatment centers it's all so confusing; all three treatment centers claim to have the best outcomes, what if it doesn’t work and we’ve wasted all that money; 

4. Engages Professional Help

Her psychiatrist suggested we find an experienced interventionist who is familiar with treatment centers and understands the process; last time she left treatment after only three days; perhaps if we had gone this route sooner;

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5. Turning Point

Now that we have an interventionist representing our best interests we can relax a little bit and not be so self-reliant; it’s his job to vet the treatment centers and lead us through this;

6. Discovery

The interventionist engages family members and influential peers individually and begins peeling back the layers; exposes patterns of manipulation and seeks facts and understanding to determine and highest and best treatment options and intervention strategy;

7. Strategy and Commitment

Equipped with information and guidance the family confidently commits to a strategy to place their addicted family member into treatment and safely uphold boundaries and consequences if needed;

8. Pre-intervention Meeting

An all-hands-on-deck meeting ensures participants are on the same page; everybody understands their part in the intervention and is committed to a successful completion of treatment; hesitant and wavering participants are asked not to participate; logistics are ironed out.

9. Day of Intervention

The day of the intervention is an opportunity to demonstrate love and support for the addicted family member; help them understand treatment is the only way forward for someone hoping to live a life free of drugs and alcohol; the gathering is non confrontational but only accepts a positive outcome;

10. Post Intervention Debrief

The post intervention debrief there is a sense of relief knowing the addicted family member is safely situated in the care of competent treatment professionals; this time is brief because there is much work ahead of the family and the addicted family member;

11. Systemic Change

While in treatment the family is focused on its own recovery and begins attending Al-anon and preparing to participate in family program;

12. Post-treatment

Once treatment is completed the recovering individual continues attending 12- step meetings as the family continues focusing on its own recovery;

13. Recovery Coaching and Relapse Prevention

Regularly scheduled sessions with the interventionist for the recovering individual and family members is essential relapse prevention; 

14. Long Term Recovery

In time the family who is diligent will be reborn as their old way of life fades behind them; however cautious they know the journey of recovery is never complete.