When to Seek Treatment After Interventions

Interventions are geared toward helping both the addict and any affected family members find help for the damage drug addiction has caused. Treatment for the addict often involves detoxification, going through therapy and, perhaps, using medications to help overcome the addiction. Family members, on the other hand, need help managing their negative emotions, repairing strained relationships, and learning how to cope with their actions and the actions of their addicted loved one.

Treatment After Interventions for Addicts

Addicts are offered treatment during the intervention meeting. Often a representative of a treatment facility is present at the intervention to clearly present the information on treatment. Many addicts will take advantage of the opportunity to seek treatment while at the intervention, committing to go to a treatment center immediately following the intervention. Others will take some time to filter through their emotions before seeking treatment. Most addicts will enter some form of treatment within a few weeks of an intervention.

An intervention is only the first step in the recovery process and does not provide any actual treatment for drug addiction. The longer an addict waits before seeking treatment, the longer he or she is at risk of suffering some of the more dire consequences of drug abuse. Most often, it’s recommended that a bed is reserved at an addiction treatment center prior to the intervention. This ensures that there is space for the addict if he or she agrees to seek immediate treatment.


Even after a successful intervention and a complete recovery, addicts can still relapse. The rate of recidivism for a successfully treated addict decreases the longer the addict stays drug-free. However, if relapse does occur, the patient should immediately seek treatment again. Whether at the same facility or at a new treatment center, the proper care can curtail the drug addiction and remind the patient why he or she quit using drugs in the first place. Relapsing is always a potential risk for previous drug addicts, but with swift and professional treatment, the addict will soon be back on the path of sobriety.

Treatment for Family Members

Close friends and relatives of drug addicts are often adversely affected by drug addiction. They will need help understanding addiction and compulsive behavior, an outlet for their frustration and anger, training on how to cope with the effects of drug addiction, and information on how to interact with the recovering drug addict.

Much of this treatment is covered prior to and during the intervention. However, some treatment and follow-up care are necessary after the intervention. The interventionist is often available to anyone who requires additional aid coping with the aftereffects of the intervention.

Interventions are often emotionally exhausting events that can take a few days to process. If you are feel like you need to talk to someone about how you are supposed to adapt to life post-intervention, talk to a healthcare professional, preferably the one who moderated the intervention.

Seeking treatment after an intervention is generally the next step in the recovery process. Remember that even the most powerful intervention is only the initial chapter in the ongoing, sometimes life-long, process of recovery.