How To Do an Intervention

If someone you love is struggling with alcoholism, you want to help. You don’t want to watch them hurt themselves or others. You want to help, but you don’t want to hurt. You worry about the fine line between healthy support and unhealthy enabling. Because alcohol and addiction change how the brain functions, individuals find it hard if not impossible to help themselves at first. You may need to step in. However stepping in with money, excuses or protection can allow addiction to continue longer than it otherwise would. It allows individuals to escape consequences that may otherwise encourage them to take action toward recovery. Helping is important. Helping the right way is essential.

alcohol interventionThe best way to help an alcoholic is to set up an intervention. Contact an interventionist to determine the best intervention method. Interventions rarely look like the intense, drama-filled events portrayed in the media. They take many shapes and forms depending on the individuals and situations involved. They are never an attack on a loved one. Interventions portray love and create a plan and outline for healthy support. The Canyon works with a team of interventionists. You can find the right professional for your unique situation. We will be with you every step of the way from planning to alcohol addiction treatment to long-term aftercare and support.

When Is the Right Time for an Intervention?

You may wonder when you should hold an intervention. Is the problem serious enough? Should you wait for your loved one to hit “rock bottom?”

At The Canyon, we believe it is never too soon to take action. The earlier you address a substance use issue, the sooner healing can begin.

A conversation now can save heartbreak later. An intervention gives your loved one the opportunity to make changes at any point in his or her life and addiction.

What Does an Intervention Look Like?

Approaches to Intervention

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Interventions look different for every individual and every situation. No two recovery journeys will be identical. As Harvard Health[1] shares, “Treatment will always depend on the type of addiction and the type of addict. Novelty seekers and risk takers with insufficient inhibition and judgment will not necessarily respond to the same methods that work for people afflicted by traumatic stress or hypersensitivity to everyday stress.” Interventions must be similarly tailored to personalities. Professionals take into account any co-occurring mental health issues that can otherwise complicate intervention attempts. They create the right stage for getting your message across effectively and compassionately.

A successful intervention begins with a plan. A professional interventionist will help you determine the best form and format for your intervention. Your intervention may begin with a series of casual conversations. It may involve a more formal approach with a gathering of friends and family members. Choose who will be involved and at what point in the intervention process. Work with an interventionist to determine the best time and place for your conversation or conversations about addiction and recovery. An intervention will typically involve smaller gatherings in safe, familiar places. The interventionist may be present to mediate. He or she may not be present for the event but instead give you an outline for what to say and how to say it.

Do Interventions Work?

interventionThe ultimate goal of an intervention is to offer an addict two choices: treatment or consequences. You should have a treatment option lined up and ready before you intervene. When you work with an interventionist through The Canyon, it is easy to prearrange effective, compassionate alcohol rehab. Most individuals agree to treatment after professionally-supported intervention. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence[2] shares, “When done with a person who is trained and successfully experienced as an interventionist, over 90% of people make a commitment to get help.” Having this help ready and available ensures your loved one can take action while he or she is motivated to do so.

Although interventions are typically effective, not everyone agrees to treatment immediately following. An interventionist helps you determine appropriate consequences for refusals to seek further care. An intervention is still an opportunity for healing. The Mayo Clinic[3] explains, “Even if an intervention doesn’t work, you and others involved in your loved one’s life can make changes that may help. Ask other people involved to avoid enabling the destructive cycle of behavior and take active steps to encourage positive change.” Your loved one may not immediately accept treatment. Consequences and changes in enabling behaviors may lead him or her to ask for help at a later time. An intervention opens conversations about addiction and treatment. It sets the stage for change and health now and in the future.

An interventionist will be with you from the earliest stages of asking questions and making plans to long-term follow-up. He or she lifts the weight of intervention from your shoulders. When you choose to work with The Canyon, you help yourself and your loved one. You get support from the very beginning. You take the first steps towards an alcohol-free future.


[1]http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/the_addicted_brain. “The Addicted Brain.” Harvard Health Publications. Jun 2009. Web. 8 Dec 2016.

[2]https://www.ncadd.org/family-friends/there-is-help/intervention-tips-and-guidelines. “Intervention: Tips and Guidelines.” National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. 25 Jul 2015. Web. 8 Dec 2016.

[3]http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/in-depth/intervention/art-20047451. “Intervention: Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction.” Mayo Clinic. 26 Sep 2014. Web. 8 Dec 2016.


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