Staging an Intervention With A Loved One

Interventions, supported by We Do Recover's expertise have helped in thousands of successful cases. We can help your loved one overcome denial and choose treatment. Our counsellors are here to help you today.


Interventions are proactive measures taken by families and friends, with professional support, to address and challenge the denial often faced by individuals struggling with addiction. The primary goal is to encourage the individual to confront their problem and make an informed decision to enter treatment. With over 12600 successful interventions worldwide, We Do Recover has the expertise to navigate these complex situations, making a difference in the lives of those affected by addiction.

Understanding Interventions

Contrary to common belief, interventions are not confrontational attacks but rather opportunities for loved ones to express their concerns, needs and boundaries in a structured and loving manner. This process initiates necessary family therapy, enhancing the chances of a successful treatment outcome. Recognised as an effective strategy, interventions motivate individuals to commit to rehabilitation, marking the first step towards recovery.

When to Stage an Intervention

An intervention is appropriate when direct communication has failed and there are no external pressures motivating the individual to seek help. It’s a considered approach when the person struggling with addiction remains oblivious to the severity of their situation, despite clear signs and communication from those close to them.

Participants in an Intervention

The intervention group should consist of a small but impactful circle of close family members and friends, typically ranging from 2 to 9 individuals. These should be people the individual respects and feels connected to, excluding those who might incite negative reactions. Including a professional, such as a psychologist or addiction counsellor with intervention experience, can significantly benefit the process.

The Intervention Process

Outlined in nine detailed steps, the intervention process begins with identifying the need and assembling a supportive group. Preparation includes selecting a professional facilitator, gathering impactful personal stories, exploring treatment options and conducting a rehearsal. Logistical planning ensures that if the intervention is successful, immediate transition into a treatment facility is possible. The choice of a neutral venue and a calm, script-followed approach during the intervention points to its basis in care and concern, not punishment.

Outcome of an Intervention

While the hope is that the individual will accept treatment, the intervention serves dual purposes: making the individual aware of their impact on others and prompting personal reflection and allowing the intervention group to begin their healing process, regardless of the immediate outcome. Success is not solely measured by the individual’s agreement to treatment but also by the expression of unconditional support and the establishment of boundaries.

Support from We Do Recover

We Do Recover is dedicated to offering guidance and support throughout the intervention process, from planning to execution. Our experience across various countries and situations equips us to provide compassionate and effective intervention services. We understand the nuances of these challenging conversations and offer the expertise to navigate them towards the best possible outcomes for all involved.

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