What Kind of Preparation Goes Into an Intervention?


The preparation that goes into an intervention is as important as the intervention meeting itself – if not more important. This is where the expertise and training of the interventionist begins to surface. It’s a time for assessment, where the interventionist talks with all those who will be involved and educates them about addictive disease, about the various forms of treatment, and about how the intervention will proceed. The assessment also helps give the interventionist a better understanding of the addict and his or her history of behavior.

A number of other decisions must be made. Where and when will the intervention take place? Who will accompany the “invited guest” to the meeting? If it’s a surprise intervention, what other plans must be made to ensure the individual’s attendance – and to make sure that no one spoils the “surprise”? Some interventionists even ask participants to write letters to the loved one that they will read during the intervention, pointing out what their lives would be like if that individual were not around.

And since the goal of the process is to get the addict to agree to enter a treatment center immediately following the intervention, plans must be made in advance with the appropriate treatment center.