We provide an initial pre-intervention assessment to determine if it is necessary and appropriate. We then train the intervention team (family, friends, co-workers etc) so they are prepared and educated when the intervention begins in order to achieve the optimum result of having their loved one agree to go for treatment.
Many families with the best of intentions have attempted on their own to conduct an intervention on their loved one. The likelihood of success is minimal given the fact that within a few minutes, the one being intervened on usually becomes defensive and the whole process breaks down. This is why it is so important to have an experienced, trained, credentialed and professionally insured individual taking the lead in this life changing initiative. Also, an intervention when conducted by a trained professional can be a vehicle for education and family healing even in the few cases when the alcoholic/addict refuses to accept help at the time of the intervention.