To motivate an individual with substance use disorder or psychiatric illness, to accept help requires a new outlook. The first thing to realize is that one-on-one confrontations with such individuals rarely work. Addiction makes people skillful manipulators and on your own, you tend to lose. Dealing with alcoholism and drug addictions effectively, whether in the family, in a treatment center, or in Alcoholic Anonymous is all about working in groups. The power of the group can triumph over the power of addiction. Groups are the driving force behind the intervention. Approaching the alcoholic one-on-one saps all your power.
An intervention is a carefully planned step-by-step process through which change is initiated into peoples’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The main aim of an intervention is to intervene in one’s life in a non-threatening way to allow him to see his self-destructive behavior, and how it affects him, family, and friends.
It usually involves several people who have prepared themselves to talk to a person who has been engaging in some sort of self-destructive behavior such as alcoholism, substance addiction, gambling, bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia, infidelity, home runaway, etc.
Family members and friends get together one fine morning and present all facts regarding his drug addiction and destructive behavior in a receivable way while maintaining the dignity of their loved ones. The immediate goal of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to listen and to accept help.
An intervention can help motivate a loved one to accept help who is resistant to addressing his long-standing problem that is drug addiction or alcoholism. There was a time when people used to think that they can’t help a loved one until he “hits bottom.” Now we can use the intervention tool successfully to change individuals who are resistant and destroying their lives before our eyes.
Statistically, success in intervention ranges from 80 to 85 percent if we define success as motivating the alcoholic to accept help as the result of an intervention. However, we believe all interventions, correctly done are successful.