Motivating an individual with an addiction disorder or a psychiatric illness to accept treatment requires a collective approach. One-on-one confrontations rarely work when dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction, but a group can triumph over the power of addiction. Groups are the driving force behind interventions.An intervention is a carefully planned step-by-step process through which change is initiated into the addict’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The aim of an intervention is to intervene in the individual’s life in a non-threatening way and allow him to see his self–destructive or addictive behaviours, and how they affect him and his loved ones. It usually involves loved ones presenting to an individual engaging in self-destructive or addictive behaviours such as alcoholism, substance addiction, gambling, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, obesity, anorexia, infidelity, etc.
Loved ones get together and present all facts regarding the individual’s drug addiction and destructive behaviours in a receivable way while maintaining his dignity. The immediate goal of an intervention is for the patient to listen and seek treatment from a rehabilitation program.
An intervention can help motivate an addict, who is resistant to addressing his longstanding drug addiction or alcoholism, to accept rehabilitation.
Statistically, success in interventions ranges between 80 to 85 percent, if we define success as motivating the alcoholic or drug addict to accept treatment as the result of the intervention.
Four primary reasons make every intervention a success:
1. The single fact that the family has finally come together as a group, learned about the disease of addiction and perhaps for the first time talked about the problem and its solution makes intervention a success.
2. Secondly, during the intervention, the alcoholic or drug addict hears, in very specific terms, how much he is loved.
3. Thirdly, the alcoholic or drug addict finally hears how his addiction has affected his loved ones. There is no anger, there is no blame, only honesty and love. Even if the alcoholic or drug addict refuses to enter treatment or a rehabilitation program, these words from his family and friends will still resonate in his mind for a long time and will affect his future drinking and addictive behaviours profoundly.
4. Finally, the alcoholic or drug addict learns that the people closest to him no longer intend to enable his disease of addiction, but instead, each person has made a commitment to support his recovery and rehabilitation.