What are the Intervention Success Rates?

Evaluating whether an intervention is successful or not is based upon on at least two criteria. The first is whether the addict decides to seek treatment during or after the intervention. Most interventionist state that 80 to 90 percent of professionally conducted interventions lead to the addict seeking immediate treatment. Furthermore, of the 10 to 20  percent of addicts who do not seek treatment initially, many decide to receive treatment in the weeks following the intervention.

Secondly, interventions can be considered successful if they help the addict’s friends and family members cope with the effects of their loved one’s addiction. Family members are often hurt, confused and angry with the loved one. Interventions provide information and coping strategies that allow the team members the chance to release their negative emotions. In this sense, almost all interventions are successful, as they are able to improve the lives of the addict’s family and friends.

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