Interventions can be difficult to go through for both the family and friends of someone with a substance use disorder as well as the person who has an addiction. An intervention occurs when a group of people — usually the loved ones of someone with an addiction and an addiction specialist — confront someone who has an addiction and attempt to persuade them to seek treatment. The ultimate goal of an intervention is to motivate someone with a substance addiction to get treatment. 

The efficacy of holding an intervention can be difficult to determine because every addiction is different. Instead, someone should focus on how they can make their intervention plan more effective. Some steps that can help with an effective intervention include: 

  • Don’t schedule an intervention at a time when someone with an addiction could become stressed
  • Don’t yell at or shame the person with addiction
  • Be as specific as possible when sharing how the person’s addiction has affected you
  • Keep the dialogue short and to the point 

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