An intervention is not a punishment, it is an orchestrated attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of traumatic event or crisis. The term intervention is most often used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs or other items. Intervention can also refer to the act of using a technique within a therapy session.
At Al’ta Counseling we will assist the family in making arrangements for treatment and transportation. We work with many residential treatment centers to ensure a proper placement.
Prior to the intervention itself, the family meets with a counselor (or interventionist). Families may be asked to prepare letters in which they describe their experiences associated with the addict’s behavior, to convey to the person the impact his or her addiction has had on others. Also during the pre-intervention meeting, group members are strongly urged to create a list of activities (by the addict) that they will no longer tolerate, finance, or participate in if the addict doesn't’t agree to check into a rehabilitation center for treatment. These consequences may be as simple as no longer loaning money to the addict, but can be far more serious, such as losing custody of a child. Family and friends read their letters to the addict, who then must decide whether to check into the prescribed rehabilitation center or deal with the promised losses.