A family holds an intervention with a heart showing

Drug addiction and alcoholism, together known as substance use disorders, is one of the greatest hardships facing many individuals and their families today. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that over 20.2 million Americans aged 18 and over were afflicted with substance use disorder in the year 2014 alone. (1)

As breathtaking as this number is, it still does not account for the countless loved ones who are also indirectly affected by substance use disorder. It can be incredibly challenging for families to confront their loved one who is afflicted by addiction.

Here we take a look at one of the most popular and successful ways to help a loved one currently in active addiction: staging an intervention.

What is an intervention?

Many times when someone is afflicted with substance use disorder, they simply cannot or A woman hugs her mother who gave her an intervention with a red flowerrefuse to see just how bad their problem truly is. This is where an intervention is meant to help.

The primary goal of an intervention is to convince our loved ones to seek professional help for their addiction.

This is achieved by gathering all of the individual’s family members and loved ones, and bringing the consequences of their addiction to light in a non-confrontational manner.

What are the benefits of an intervention?

Interventions can be emotionally trying and difficult for everyone involved, but have several benefits that make them worthwhile. The following are some of the benefits of staging an intervention for a loved one suffering from addiction or alcoholism:

  • An intervention may help an addict who is in denial finally acknowledge the severity of their problem
  • Interventions provide the perfect opportunity to establish clear boundaries with a loved one. For example, no longer allowing them to be in the house if they are using.
  • Help end the false notion many people in addiction have that their addiction only affects them and not their loved ones
  • Provides them with an opportunity to enroll in a treatment program to finally seek help for their addiction

What are professional intervention services?

Interventions can be difficult to stage for those who have no experience with them. Professional intervention services exist that offer someone who is highly trained and experienced at staging interventions to help guide the process.

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Interventions tend to go better when mediated by a third party who has experience in the process.

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2790/ShortReport-2790.html