Can An Intervention Work?

Can An Intervention Work?

Each year, 270,705 adults seek treatment for alcohol addictions, drug addictions and behavioural addictions.

While many individuals refer themselves for treatment upon understanding that an addiction compromises their life, interventions are often required to ensure that those struggling with addiction obtain the treatment they require.

If you are concerned that a loved one, friend or even employee is struggling with an addiction, and have found that any help and support previously offered has been rejected, an intervention may be necessary. However, you may find yourself questioning, “can an intervention work?”

To answer the question “can an intervention work?” we have provided a wealth of information for you to review here.


What Is An Intervention?

Addictions and addictive behaviours are psychological disorders that ultimately control how an individual thinks, acts and feels. Sadly, not everyone can appreciate that an addiction is reducing the quality of their life.  In fact, a large percentage of people struggling with addictions fail to recognise that an addiction is present. Many addicts also live in denial.

When an individual is unable to appreciate that they have become dependent on substances, such as alcohol, or have become addicted to a behaviour, such as gambling, interventions are required to ensure they secure the professional help and treatment they need.

If you are searching for answers to the question “can an intervention work?” you may already understand that interventions can assist you in helping someone attend rehab. However, you may not be entirely sure what an intervention is.

Simply put, interventions are face-to-face meetings that see family members, friends, and employers come together to confront an addict. Facilitated by a qualified psychologist or therapist, interventions are not confrontational. Instead, they aim to address the addiction and help the person suffering understand the rehabilitation support that is available to them.


What Are The Signs Of Addiction That Highlight An Intervention Is Necessary?

When an alcohol intervention, drug intervention or behavioural intervention is necessary, many signs and symptoms will surface.

If you are concerned that a loved one, friend or employee has developed an addiction, you will likely observe several changes in their physical appearance and behaviour.

These changes may include weight loss, changes in their complexion, changes in their overall mood, and changes in the way they act.  You may also come to realise that the individual in question begins to withdraw from others and isolate themselves.

Although you may not observe psychological changes in your loved one, friend or employee, as an addiction becomes severe, the psychological effects they experience will gradually begin to show.  In this instance, you may realise that the individual in question appears anxious, paranoid, on edge, irritable and forgetful.

Combined with drinking significant volumes of alcohol, consuming drugs or participating in behaviours such as gambling, these signs and symptoms will highlight that an intervention is necessary.


How Is An Intervention Staged?

As touched on above, interventions see concerned parties, such as family members and friends, come together with the individual struggling with addiction to encourage them to attend a private drug and alcohol rehab.

However, to ensure that an intervention can be successful, it is crucial to ensure that the intervention is thoroughly planned out.

When staging an intervention, it is firstly recommended that all concerned parties meet to share their worries.  In doing so, those staging an intervention can agree on the best way to approach the individual struggling with addiction and make a plan.

Although you may not believe that making a plan is necessary, planning how the intervention will be staged, when it will be staged, where it will be staged, who will be present and who will say what will increase the chances of the intervention being a success.

On the day of the intervention, concerned parties, a therapist, and the individual in question meet at the agreed location.  Here, everyone is offered the chance to share their concerns and worries with the individual in need of treatment in a bid to encourage them to accept the help available to them to overcome their addiction.


What Happens After An Intervention?

If an intervention is successful, the individual struggling with an addiction will come to understand that they must secure professional help and support via a private drug and alcohol rehab.

When our help is secured for an intervention, we ensure that the individual struggling with an addiction can attend one of our rehabs within a short period by initiating the admissions process upon staging an intervention.

Upon attending one of our private drug and alcohol rehabs following an intervention, those struggling with addiction are provided with a personalised treatment programme and are welcomed to commence treatment on an inpatient basis.


Can An Intervention Work?

When questioning “can an intervention work?” it is important to understand that an intervention can only work if the individual struggling with addiction is willing to accept the help and support offered to them.

It should also be noted that, as touched on above, an intervention can also only work if the intervention is thoroughly planned out.


Contact Us Today To Find Out More About Drug and Alcohol Interventions

If you would like to find out more about drug, alcohol or behavioural interventions or would like our help in staging an intervention, please contact us today by calling 0800 470 0382.



  • What Are The Benefits Of An Intervention?

    There are many benefits of staging an intervention. Not only does an intervention help an individual struggling with an addiction understand the support, help and treatment that is widely available, but it helps them appreciate that an addiction is impairing their life
  • What Do I Bring To An Intervention?

    Although you may not necessarily need to bring any physical objects to an intervention, a professional must be on hand to assist you throughout the intervention. While many believe that they can stage an intervention independently, interventions can sometimes cause conflict. With this in mind, having someone on hand to facilitate the intervention is highly beneficial. It is recommended that you also bring any notes that outline what you will say during the intervention to ensure that the intervention is successful.
  • What Are The Different Types Of Intervention?

    At Rehab Clinics Group, we commonly host the following different types of intervention; - Alcohol Intervention - Drug Intervention - Behavioural Intervention - Family Intervention - Professional Intervention