It can be said that intervention works 100% of the time, when conducted properly. An intervention is a process where loved ones gather to motivate an alcoholic or drug addict into treatment. It is usually the tool of last resort when families and friends feel hopeless and all efforts to fix the problem have been exhausted. The process yields healing for the loved ones, and, if alcohol or drug addiction treatment is accepted, a life saved.
Intervention work begins long before an alcoholic or drug addict is confronted in a controlled setting. With the help of a professional interventionist, loved ones are prepared emotionally for the big day. Intervention participants gather with the professional in a group session to begin the healing process. Shared feelings help lead the group toward their primary purpose of helping the alcoholic or drug addicts into detox and treatment, or emotionally releasing the individual.
Meanwhile, the subject individual of the intervention is kept unaware of the plan. The element of surprise is very important. When alcoholism or drug addiction has reached a point where intervention is needed, it is likely that person has become delusional and lost touch with reality. Suggesting a chat about entering alcohol or drug treatment would be met with a defensive response.
Walking into a room occupied by calm and prepared loved ones is a shock that is necessary to the alcoholic/addict's psyche. The sudden dose of reality puts focus on what is happening here and now. Loving confrontation is the next step.
Interventions occur every day in the United States. They are unpredictable by nature, but always bring one of two results: Either the alcoholic or addict agrees to go to treatment immediately, or there is a loving good-bye. For the loved ones, either conclusion brings emotional relief. So
it really does work 100% when conducted properly.