Professional Interventionist vs. Do-It-Yourself Option

professional interventionistWhile there are some cases that can be resolved without using an interventionist, most interventions will require guidance from a professional.

In recent years, interventions have become more popular as a method for helping addicts face their addiction and encouraging them to seek treatment. However, there are numerous misconceptions about interventions. One of the most common misconceptions is that anyone can stage an intervention. An intervention is often a complex process that requires careful planning. This is why there are healthcare professionals called interventionists who are trained to facilitate interventions.

Unbiased Guidance

Family members are often too emotionally involved with the addict. This emotion may block the family from seeing the larger picture when it comes to planning an intervention. Furthermore, negative emotions may cause the intervention to fail.

A professional interventionist is an unbiased counselor who can look at the situation of the whole family. Though they do care about the case, they are trained to look past their emotions and plan the best possible method to implement the intervention.

Professional Training

An intervention is a multifaceted process that should address the problems of the addict as well the difficulties being experienced by the addict’s family.

An untrained eye often overlooks key family relationships that must be worked on in order to have a successful intervention. A professional interventionist is trained to identify all the problems within the family dynamic and has the experience to help resolve any conflicts. This training and experience is crucial when running a successful intervention, especially with addicts suffering from denial, the Mayo Clinic reports.

Family Members Also Need Help

Family interventionDo-it-yourself interventions often focus solely on the drug addict. This is sometimes inadequate because the addict’s family members are also in need of some form of treatment. Drug addiction is a disease that can affect whole families through serious emotional and relational repercussions. Without proper focus on each person affected by the addiction, the intervention will, at best, only be partially successful. A trained interventionist will help everyone involved with the intervention. This allows the intervention to benefit not only the addict, but also the addict’s family members.


The process of an intervention does not stop once the intervention itself is over. After the addict has agreed to treatment and the family members have agreed to a plan of support, it is necessary to follow up with all members to see that the effects of the intervention are still being maintained. A do-it-yourself interventionist may not have the time to consistently check up on every participant of the intervention to ensure that all is well. A professional interventionist on the other hand is able to focus on the aftercare that is key to establishing long-term success.

Since an experienced interventionist will be able to allot more time to following up on the stated goals of the drug treatment plan, this allows the other family members to focus on the other aspects of their lives.

A professional interventionist provides all the essential knowledge and experience needed to guarantee a well-organized event, and he or she increases the chances of successful intervention.

If you attempt to perform an intervention without guidance, there is a high risk of failure and all participants may be left unsatisfied with the result.