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International +44 (0)1483 378 178

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What Is An Intervention?

An intervention is where the family and / or friends of an individual take action to persuade the person to enter treatment. This is used where the individual is unwilling to get help or refuses to see that he / she has a problem and that it is affecting their loved ones.

It is important to understand that each family’s circumstances are different and therefore family interventions will vary. What works for one family may not work for another. It’s therefore important to find an interventionist with whom the family members feel comfortable and can discuss how the process will work for them.

Life Works consults with a number of trained and qualified interventionists who can help a family and friends confront their loved ones mental health problem. 

What Happens During An Intervention?

During the intervention, the individual is invited to join his / her friends and family, who will already be seated. The interventionist’s role is to lead and control the meeting.

Each family member or friend will have written letters to the individual and each person reads their letter to the individual. Typically, the letters will share how much the individual means to that person, the effect of the individual’s behaviour on that person and a description of how they want their relationship to work in the future. Each person will ask the individual to accept help now. They will also share that arrangements have been set up so that the individual can get treatment immediately after the intervention – if they will agree to this.

The intervention is conducted from a position of love, respect and support. However, the message is firm and there is no room for negotiation or debate. All those present want the individual to accept help now.

Ideally, at this point, the individual will agree to entering treatment and the interventionist then calls the treatment centre to confirm the arrangements that have been set up. Someone from the group will then take the individual directly to the treatment centre immediately after the intervention meeting.

After Intervention Day, friends and family members will begin putting their plans for taking care of themselves into practice.

Why Conduct an Intervention?

Friends and family members usually choose an intervention when they have tried everything else and have not been able to persuade the individual to get help.

Where individuals are unwilling to admit they have a problem, or to see the effects of their addictive or compulsive behaviours, an intervention can be an effective way to persuade them to accept help and enter treatment.

Interventions are effective for a number of reasons. Enlisting the help of a professional interventionist means that the meeting can be controlled, stay on track, and prevent deviating from the purpose of the intervention. Involving several friends and family members, rather than just one other person, can be a much more powerful way to convey the message to the individual. Additionally, the participation of people who are all very important to the individual makes it more difficult for the message to be ignored. The powerful nature of this experience can temporarily disturb the individual’s destructive thinking long enough to hear a firm but loving message and agree to get help.

Who can help me with arranging an intervention?

We can help you find a professional interventionist.

Interventions can be a difficult, challenging and often emotional experience for all those who attend. It is therefore essential that the family enlist the help of a dedicated professional who can effectively facilitate the session with sensitivity, respect and clarity. It is not advisable to conduct an intervention without the involvement of a professional interventionist.

Please contact us on 0800 081 0700 for further information about intervention specialists.

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