What Are the Goals of Interventions?

Knowing the goals of an intervention helps both the interventionist and all other members of the team focus their actions. This collaborative effort greatly enhances the chances of success.

Most interventions have at least one main goal – to make sure the addict seeks treatment. This goal is accomplished by first helping the addict face the effects of addiction. Once the addict has accepted that he or she needs treatment, the interventionist provides treatment options the addict can take advantage of. It’s advisable that a bed is reserved ahead of time at a treatment center, so the addict can leave the intervention and go immediately to treatment if they are amendable.

Another goal of most interventions is to provide information and support to friends and family members affected by their addicted loved one’s actions. Oftentimes, these victims require some form of therapy to help cope with the damage caused by addiction.

Gauging the success of an intervention is done by evaluating whether the stated goals have been met. Fortunately, most interventions mediated by a professional have very high success rates, providing the addict with an avenue to recovery.