Addiction Intervention

Addiction intervention is a tool to get addicts into treatment. Many people with addiction problems refuse to acknowledge their drug or alcohol problems, which is denial. They also are afraid of the suffering of halting substance use, which causes withdrawal. In addition, the brain is muddled is by drugs or alcohol, clear thinking is inhibited, prohibiting sound decisions. Here are key facts on intervention tools to convince someone to get needed rehab to become and stay sober. Alcohol and drug treatment centers in Minneapolis can provide intervention specialists for you and your loved ones. Call a facility today to learn more.

What is an Intervention?

An addiction intervention is a group of people concerned about the addict's habits and the impact it is having on everyone. Different types of intervention can be held. It's recommended no matter which model is chosen, it's important to have a professional interventionist guide the group.

Addiction Intervention Models

Direct Confrontation


The group may first meet with the interventionist and then meets to talk with the abuser, confronting him or her about addictive behaviors, discussing the harmful effects and negative consequences substance abuse has made on everyone's lives. Support is provided as long as the abuser is willing to enter treatment. The focus is on convincing the abuser to enter pre-arranged treatment. If the addict refuses or resists, he or she is informed as long as refusal holds, no support system will continue. This lack of support should convince the addict to go into rehab and enter the pre-arranged treatment or face addiction alone.

Indirect Confrontation

The group first meets, without the addict present, with a professional interventionist to guide them on how to cope with the addict's behaviors. Then, the abuser is invited, but meetings continue whether or not the abuser attends. Education regarding co-dependent behavior is the focus, as the group learns how to react to addictive behavior while protecting themselves from the harmful consequences of addiction.

Forcible Interventions

Direct interventions result in forcing the addict into treatment that, if not accepted, will result in serious consequences. Court ordered treatment is one example. Another is the group of concerned loved ones promising a police arrest if treatment is refused. Forced treatment has been proven to be effective.

Getting Help

Call drug treatment centers in Minneapolis to learn more about the different types of interventions. You won't regret taking this very important step toward your loved one's recovery.

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