What are the Different Types of Interventions?


There are basically two types of interventions.

There’s the intervention where the addict, urged by loved ones and well aware that there are problems in his or her life, willingly agrees to “at least sit in and see what happens.” Then there’s the “surprise” intervention, which – as its name suggests – places the addict in an environment where denial is no longer an option. Depending upon the situation, this type of intervention can be especially effective, since the addict must confront a number of caring individuals who have in the past been lied to or told half-truths.

Different interventionists have different preferences, although no one type of intervention is right for every situation. That’s why trained interventionists will want to talk with you well in advance to understand the specific nature of your situation and help plan an intervention that is most appropriate.