Top 4 Types of Interventions

Different people have distinct experiences with addiction and other compulsive behavior issues, which means that specific types of interventions may be more or less appropriate. Depending upon your addicted loved one’s situation and their history with interventions and treatment, one of the following types of intervention will be the best choice.

If your intended subject is a family member, your choices in intervention style include:

  • Simple intervention.
    Rather than staging a huge gathering of people to confront your loved one, sometimes a single family member facing the addicted person, asking them to stop using drugs and begin a comprehensive addiction treatment program, is all it takes to bring about change. With or without a professional interventionist present to assist, this one-on-one intervention can be very effective.
  • Classical intervention.
    A classical intervention starts before the actual intervention with a planning session that includes everyone but the addict himself. The education of all involved improves the chances for success. Family members should learn what their parts should be during the intervention, how to handle the changes that will come whether or not their addicted loved one agrees to treatment, and how to take care of themselves throughout the process.
  • Family system intervention.
    When multiple people in a family are addicted to drugs and alcohol and self-destructing, a family system intervention may be appropriate. The goal of this type of intervention is to address the addiction, codependency, and emotional issues that occur in families when one or more members are addicted to drugs or alcohol. When everyone gets the help they need, it helps the addicted family members to do better both during rehab and after.
  • Crisis intervention.
    Sometimes a crisis occurs in an addict’s life that makes it clear to them and everyone else that rehab is necessary. Rather than planning out an intervention, situations in which the addict has become a danger to himself or those around him can turn into impromptu interventions. The immediate objective will be to stabilize the situation and optimize safety. Rehabilitation can quickly follow.

Sometimes the characteristics of one style of intervention overlap with another. As long as the addict’s needs are met and the message of recovery is clear, there is no wrong type of intervention. Helping your loved one to recognize their need for drug rehab is the primary goal of all the interventions above. As long as that goal is met, the intervention is successful.

There are several methods or approaches in addition to the types explained above (You can read more about them here: Approaches and Techniques). These include:

  • Tough Love
  • Confrontational
  • Johnson Model
  • Love First
  • Systemic Family

If you would like more information about staging an intervention for your addicted family member, contact us today with your questions.