About Interventions

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It is only in the most extreme circumstances (court orders, jail) that the alcoholic or addict will voluntarily seek treatment. They do not understand the depth of their denial, and they feel alone and frustrated. Learning about intervention process will enlighten you that an intervention sheds light on the problem and points toward the solution.

Alcohol and drug abusers do not exist in a world by themselves. Most substance abusers live within some relationship to their families, friends, or coworkers and they should know about intervention process. Intervention is about delicately intervening with love, feelings, and facts to motivate addicted persons to accept the help being offered to them. Because unhealthy dynamics surround the addicted person, intervention is needed to break down denial and to keep the addicted person and the family focused on solutions.


We utilize several proven methods of intervention. Beginning first with the family, friends, and coworkers of the addict, we prepare this group emotionally and intellectually to speak with one voice to the addict and enhancing their knowledge about intervention process. Only when this group is ready and knowledgeable about intervention process, is it time to take the meeting to the substance abuser. Again, the message in this meeting is delivered with love, feelings, and facts, the important part about intervention process. When confronted this way, the identified addict is not fearful of the message and hears what the group is saying. 95% of addicts make their way into treatment and recovery after an intervention conducted in this manner.


An interventionist is basically a facilitator–an experienced person who can help a family and an alcoholic/addict begin the process of recovery. An effective interventionist is a person who knows that both the addict and the addict’s family must be healed and taught new ways of living together if long term sobriety is to be achieved.

The interventionist is a teacher and counselor, someone who can identify and suggest solutions for the dynamics of abuse, enabling, knows about intervention process and codependency that virtually always characterize an addict’s family life. The interventionist is also a guide and a motivator, someone who can outline a way through the disease and stoke an honest desire to enter and complete treatment.

An effective interventionist who knows about intervention process, knows that getting someone to go to treatment or rehab is not the actual goal of an intervention, but the means by which the real goal can be achieved. Getting someone to treatment isn’t necessarily difficult–over 90% of interventions result in the addict going into treatment. But the true goal of long term sobriety with a transformed quality of life can remain elusive if the interventionist has not properly educated about intervention process and empowered both addict and family and is not committed to concerned follow up and availability to the family during treatment and after care.

An effective interventionist really cares about the addict and all the people in his or her life–actually becoming a part of their team and family to see everyone through the process by:

  • Educating the family about the disease and effect of addiction and enabling.
  • Identifying and helping remove enabling factors that are contributing or allowing the addiction to continue.
  • Working to change the family dynamics to more effectively handle the addiction and increase the willingness of the alcoholic or addict.
  • Setting healthy boundaries within the family so that they are no longer negatively affected by the drug or alcohol use of the alcoholic or addict.
  • Creating a team mentality so the family functions as one to learn effective tools to get the addict to treatment, to help keep them there, and to focus on recovery after he or she returns home.
  • Formulating and implement a long-term recovery plan in order to increase the chances of permanent abstinence and adherence to the plan as a family.
Learn About Intervention Process.

Step one: Initial Assessment
Call Encompass Recovery to begin discussing a possible intervention.

Step Two: Outline treatment program options
The interventionist will outline specific treatment options according to your unique needs (location, clinical matters, medical coverage, etc).

Step Three: Outline a plan of action
Through a series of one-on-one meetings and/or telephone conversations, your interventionist will guide you and the others involved through the process of organizing a professionally facilitated, effective intervention.

Step Four: Pre-intervention meeting
Your interventionist will fly or drive to your location for the pre-intervention meeting. This meeting is typically scheduled during the late afternoon or evening and lasts an average of three to four hours. During this meeting, we talk about the disease of addiction and its impact on family, friends, co-workers, and others. We discuss what the treatment course and recovery process will involve and, finally, under the guidance of your interventionist, we will prepare and rehearse written statements to share with your loved one during the intervention.

Step Five: Intervention
Interventions are typically scheduled for the morning immediately following the pre-intervention meeting. The intervention usually takes about one to one-and-a-half hours. An intervention is a structured, solution-focused process that consist of a group of close friends, family members, co-workers, colleagues, spiritual advisors, etc., who come together in a caring and non-judgmental manner to present their observations and concerns regarding an addict’s behavior.

Step Six: Treatment admissions
If the individual accepts help, he or she is immediately escorted to the appropriate treatment facility. Your interventionist will work with the treatment staff in regards to the critical information gained during the intervention process so that treatment staff can get a jump-start on the assessment and treatment planning process.

Step Seven: Post-intervention consultation
After the intervention, our counselors and interventionists will be available for unlimited, free consultations, whether or not the individual chooses to accept help for his or her problem. We also assist in helping you start your own path of recovery and healing.

Step Eight: Post-treatment services
Professional support immediately following treatment significantly increases the probability of abstinence and aids in the major transition from treatment to independent, sober living. The goal of our re-entry program is to provide intense, individualized care during this critical transitional period so that your loved one can begin to develop a healthy, satisfying and productive life in sobriety. These highly individualized services are offered at additional cost.