In an intervention, a drug addict or alcoholic is confronted by their friends, family members, and loved ones about their habits, behaviors, attitudes, and actions. In an intervention of drugs and alcohol, typically the intervention is started for the person’s health and safety. An intervention is not always necessary, but for many drug addicts and alcoholics, it absolutely is the only way to inspire positive change.

When having an intervention, it is a good idea to bring in a counselor, addiction specialist, or an addiction expert. If your intervention is only done by friends or family members, and it is done in a negative or harmful way, it can actually do more harm than good.

Those who struggle with substance abuse issues and alcohol issues that also receive a proper intervention are much more likely to seek treatment, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).

The bottom line is that if it is clear that your loved one cannot be motivated to seek help on his or her own, an intervention may be the only necessary next course of action. It is through no fault of their own that they cannot see the damage they are doing to themselves or others. You have to remember that your loved one has a disease, and he or she needs to seek treatment for that disease.

If you find that an intervention is the only way to help your loved one, you may want to think about working with an interventionist. A professional addiction specialist will be able to help you to determine the best course of action and the best way to go about setting up an effective intervention.