How Do You Know When an Intervention Is Needed?


One seemingly obvious answer to that question is, “You’ll know.” But, in reality, it may not be that obvious. What you will know before considering an intervention is that a whole host of other well-intended efforts to help your loved one have just not worked. Most likely, things may be getting worse. You may even have reached the point where there is some well-founded fear for your loved one’s safety.

Truth is, it’s difficult for addicts to truly understand the impact of their own behavior and break the vicious cycle of denial. In an overwhelming number of cases, in fact, they are incapable of asking for help.

That’s the time when a thoughtful, caring intervention – led by a trained interventionist – can help halt the damaging spiral of addiction. Keep in mind that an intervention is not a confrontation. One interventionist refers to the process as a “care-frontation,” where the addict gets the opportunity to truly understand the ripple effect his or her addiction has had on others.