An alcohol intervention is an intervention usually planned by the family, but sometimes by an employer or friend, that is facilitiated by a professional interventionist.
The most common reasons for an alcohol intervention are:
- The alcoholic is in denial and needs to hear how his or her behavior is affecting others
- The family would like a professional interventionist help them find the right treatment choice
- The alcoholic is hostile toward family members and would be more likely to listen to an unbiased outsider
- The family lives far away and wants someone to help them intervene and get a loved one into treatment
Many times an alcohol intervention is done because the alcoholic is unwilling to admit he or she has a problem. The intervention is no guarantee the alcoholic will admit this, but by having a professional address the behavior in a controlled environment, it is often the first time the alcoholic sees through the haze of their denial.
It is strongly advised that you choose an alcohol interventionist with many years of experience and who is aboard registered Interventionist.