Intervention Basics

Inside the Intervention Process

By Alison Lyke

It can be hard to approach an addict about their problem. They can get defensive, refuse to talk about it, or even completely deny their addiction. Behavioral scientists have created the intervention process as way for loved ones to bind together to confront an addict. In some extreme cases, an intervention is more for the family than for the addict. The family needs to feel that they have done everything that they can for the addict. Full Story

How to Be Sure Someone Needs an Intervention

If you think that a friend or family member may have a serious problem that could be helped through the process of intervention, there are a few things you should find out before making this decision.

To begin, you need to find out exactly what the problem is that your friend or family member is experiencing. Is it drug or alcohol related? Is it depression or some other type of emotional distress? In some situations, people may exhibit signs or symptoms of depression simply because they are going through a particularly stressful or difficult time. In other words, just because someone seems depressed for a day or two it does not necessarily mean that he or she is clinically depressed. Full Story