To maximize the chances of success, an intervention must consist of a group of people that care about the individual and are capable of delivering the intervention in a loving, non-judgmental manner. It should not include name calling or blame; only care and concern. The intervention should be individualized and address all behaviors that need modification. It is strongly recommended to work with a professional interventionist to plan and conduct the intervention. It is possible to do a successful intervention without professional assistance, but the services that can be provided by a skilled interventionist are not to be overlooked, especially if the individual may be reluctant to accept help.

Each intervention is different, just as every situation is different. Crisis interventions occur in extreme situations where an individual is exhibiting behavior that places him or her (and possibly other people) in danger and requires urgent attention. Most interventions are planned out completely and conducted in a calm, private setting where each member of the group can express their feelings to the fullest. Behavioral interventions attempt to change certain unhealthy behavior(s). For example, a crisis intervention would take place if an alcoholic was about to get behind the wheel, wherereas a planned-out behavioral intervention would take place if the drinker was not in immediate danger. Some interventions require the friends and family to change their behavior towards the individual and their addiction in order to provide a powerful positive influence. An intervention allows friends and family members to express their feelings in regards to the individual's self-destructive behavior. The individual is encouraged to present their point of view as well. For more details, please call toll free (800) 847-0544.

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