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How Do I Perform a Drug Intervention at Home?

Alcohol addiction interventions are challenging because every person will react differently when faced with the nature of addiction. The main goals of alcohol intervention are to help stop drinking and seek treatment for addiction. The outcome can go one of two ways. Either the person will enter treatment or refuse. Learn how to prepare a drug intervention at home for a loved one for the best outcome.

Steps of an Intervention

An intervention for alcohol use should not be attempted without a trained professional. The first step should focus on finding an intervention specialist who can help understand steps that are needed. Other steps may include:

  • Plan ahead and don’t skip any steps. Include in the discussion who should be present, time and place, expectations and how to deliver the message most effectively.
  • Members of the group should plan ahead what to say as well as planned consequences for refusal to follow
  • Confront the person in a loving manner about his or her drinking. The person will then have a choice between quitting drinking or losing support for behavior

Planning an Intervention

More of a process than a one-time event, an intervention takes meticulous planning. During the planning stage, a group of people who love and support the individual will meet with an intervention specialist who understands the process to learn how to speak and what to say. It must be decided what to do if the person will not quit drinking. Some consequences to offer may include:

  • Removal of financial support
  • Removal of emotional support
  • An end to enabling behavior

Making an Intervention Work

The question of whether an intervention works is not always as straightforward as it seems. The simple answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. Whether or not it works will depend on a number of factors. To work effectively, it must be planned, preferably with an intervention specialist. If the person with alcoholism is feeling he or she is being attacked, the individual is less likely to accept treatment as an option.

One factor that is completely out of the control of family and friends is whether the person is ready or willing to enter treatment. If the individual is not ready or willing, there is a good chance the intervention will not work. Loved ones must follow through with consequences laid out during the intervention such as removing emotional or financial support. An intervention which ends in refusal of treatment does not always indicate failure. After a cooling off period, a person with alcoholism may realize loved ones have the best interests of that person at heart and seek treatment.


If you or a loved one suffer from alcoholism, help is available. There is hope for recovery with the right support available through The Villa. Call us to find out how we can help you get started.