Drug and Alcohol Intervention

At Intervention365, we understand that it can be difficult struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. That is why we offer professional drug intervention and alcohol intervention specializes in Philadelphia and surrounding areas to help guide our clients through these trying times. These include alcohol interventions and drug interventions, each one designed to address each individual for their addiction.

Each intervention is a unique scenario and our interventionist will help guide you in determining the proper route.However, the proceeding should provide a rough outline of what is going to occur during the Intervention itself.

When planning early intervention for drug and alcohol for a loved one, it is important to have a treatment plan in place that the person can immediately begin. Once you have convinced them to get the help they need, no time should be wasted in starting a rehab program at a reputable facility. If you have tried to help a loved one in the past but have been unsuccessful, do not lose heart. Sometimes, it takes a few tries for someone to realize that they need treatment.

We believe in a hope for the best, but plan for the worst mentality. An Intervention is a one-shot deal and every base should be covered in entirety to bring an addict to sobriety.

When dealing with addiction problems, there are misconceptions about an intervention that can lead to short-term goals while not paving the way for long-term success. Some family members would simply be happy if the substance abuser quit using, believing that the problems stem solely from the substance abuse.

Others feel that success is defined as 'getting our loved one to go to rehab,' because the abuser has been resistant to the idea for so long. Many think that once the loved one agrees to treatment, the path to recovery is assured. But the most important step is having the Intervention start with a qualified and experienced interventionist that knows the correct steps to take and to make the abuser feel safe and take accountabilty for the addictive behavior by taking ownership of the problem.

Interventionists are experts who have specifically trained to help families and friends plan and stage interventions to get a loved one into treatment. They help to relieve the anxiety and fear that you may face when planning one by guiding you through the process. They are also there to help encourage you every step of the way and to let you know when you may be getting off track. A successful intervention hinges on the idea that your loved one needs to understand that they need help now and that you are willing to do anything to get that help for them. Talking to a professional before you attempt an intervention will give you the tools that you need to succeed at helping your loved one choose to enter treatment.

How to Stage an Intervention

The first step in staging an intervention is contacting an intervention specialist. The intervention professional will keep communication between the parties moving. Intervention specialists help addicted people break their cycle of denial. An intervention specialist is essential to staging a successful intervention.

Confronting an addict alone can actually make matters worse. He or she may become stubborn and not accept any help. Interventions should never be attempted by family and friends alone.

Form Your Intervention Group

Once on board, the enlisted professional helps family and friends create an intervention strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for staging an intervention. These specialists work with intervening parties to address their loved ones’ specific needs. Some people who might help convince a loved one to start rehab include parents, siblings, spouses or partners, co-workers, and close friends.

Some intervention groups might consider including the addict’s children, grandparents, and other elderly family members. However, children and elderly family members must be prepared for intense moments during the confrontation.

Learn and Rehearse

Next, an intervention specialist will educate participating members in addiction and addiction recovery. Knowledge and compassion help provide insights the intervention party can use to convince someone they need help. Friends and family must rehearse and prepare for the intervention with their intervention specialist.

Someone struggling with drug abuse or addiction might not see how their actions affect others. Addiction changes brain chemistry, causing users to put drug abuse above all else. Friends and family can help trigger a “moment of clarity” by describing ways the addicted person has hurt them. These stories should be pre-written and reviewed by intervening members before the intervention.

Success Defined

The loved one accepts responsibilty for the addictive behavior by taking ownership of the problem.

The addict/alcoholic becomes willing to do whatever is necessary to recover.

The loved one learns to face and handle life situations in a healthy manner.

The family dynamic that surrounds a substance abuser is repaired by transforming it into a healthy system which no longer enablers, takes responsibilty for, or aids in continuing the unhealthy behaviors.


Think about the cost of intervention from another perspective, the price of not getting the most-effective treatment for addiction:

  • Money spent on drugs and/or alcohol
  • Expense of less effective substance abuse treatment— repeated visits
  • Medical costs related to use (ER visits, hospital stays)
  • Cost of legal consequences (possession, selling, DUI, stealing)
  • Lost wages from time away from work or loss of job completely
  • Cost of wasted opportunities—academic, professional, personal growth
  • Loss of treasured relationships because of lying, stealing, emotional volatility, etc.