Are Interventions Successful?

We consider an intervention successful when family dynamics shift. Of the hundreds of interventions that Successful Interventions have done, 95% result in the troubled individual entering treatment. Even if the person does not enter treatment immediately, positive changes begin within the family:

    • Participants become more capable when dealing with the problem.
    • Loved ones learn to detach from the addict’s behavior.
    • The family learns to set healthy boundaries.
    • Everyone becomes healthier. The bar is raised for the troubled person, who often enters treatment soon after.

The result is good for the family, and always good for the troubled individual.

“Those of us who care and are concerned … can present them with reality – help them see what we see.”

Intervention Principles:

    1. The person’s addiction is causing significant damage in his or her life.
    1. Denial is part of the disease process that prevents the person from fully appreciating the damage.
    1. The person is unlikely to seek help on his or her own.
    1. The people that surround the person can change the environment by destroying the enabling system, making it more likely they will seek help.
    1. One of the most important factors in influencing the person to seek help is the sense of love and concern conveyed by those involved in the intervention.
    1. Anger and punitive measures have no place in an intervention, and will only serve to increase the person’s defences and make it less likely that they will receive help.
    1. Consequences of refusing treatment should not be designed to punish the addict. They are designed to protect the health and well being of all involved in the intervention.
    1. Individuals that require an intervention are in denial and usually need an initial period of intensive treatment such as a residential treatment program or an intensive daily outpatient program.
    1. It is useful to intervene even if the person does not go to treatment. Many secondary goals can be accomplished, including planting a seed for future opportunities and allowing loved ones to detach from the addict’s behavior, having made a good effort at engaging them with appropriate help.
    1. Intervention is a well-organized expression of genuine concern for a person who is sick and suffering with a chronic illness.