What is An Intervention?

An intervention program is an arranged effort to confront a loved one regarding their substance abuse or alcohol addiction and how it has impacted those around them. During an intervention, the friends, family, and occasionally employers and colleagues have a chance to explain to the individual in their own words how the person’s addiction has caused an issue in their own lives. 

Oftentimes, when a loved one is struggling with a mental or substance illness, the family member, will address them showcasing an obvious problem. The person normally refuses to accept circumstances due to being in denial. The conversation most likely will head in an unorganized and emotional matter, resulting in the individual sinking deeper into despair and addiction. 

When the family member is concerned about their loved one who is suffering from addiction, now is the time to act. A professional interventionist can provide evidence-based practices to provide the most effective possibility of getting the help that is needed. At BRC Recovery, we work with dozens of professionals who have successfully led hundred of individuals into treatment.

When is An Intervention Needed?

It is a demanding task to help a loved one struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a candid and straightforward approach is most beneficial for the individual facing the obstacle. Due to the person being unable to see nor understand the severity of their problem, a more focused approach will be needed. 

The following areas most likely require an intervention. 

  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Illicit drug abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Compulsive eating

The intervention will include specified examples of negative, destructive behaviors and the effect they had on other people in their life. The prearranged plan with comprehensible goals, steps, and guidelines will be enclosed. The last step isn’t mandatory but each loved one can explain their rebuttal if the individual refuses to seek treatment. 

What Are the Steps in Planning a Successful Intervention?

Despite the evidence of the problem from an individual’s addiction, it is common for addicts to have an inability to see the problem. Our trained interventionists work personally with their families to perceive the individual’s situation and goals. After a breakthrough occurs through the loved one’s denial of their addiction, they can participate in the following treatment plan to ensure long-term recovery.


A thoroughly licensed and trained professional interventionist develops a comprehensive intervention plan. This plan accounts for the setting and participants. The approach tactics are geared to direct an individual into accepting treatment. 

Planning for Addiction Treatment

With treatment being the ultimate goal, we plan for immediate detox. Our detox program is the first step in how to stage an intervention. It is medically supervised and the most beneficial for patients who have been unsuccessful in treatment or have relapsed. Our staff is designed to cleanse each client’s body of addictive substances while observing for any potential medical complications or withdrawal symptoms. 

Our detox includes a 12-step program along with clinical programming and the sole purpose is to assist clients in the healing of their bodies and minds. There will be underlying issues that led to substance abuse that must be addressed such as family dynamics, trauma, and self-defeating behavior patterns. The clients can go further into detail by diving into individual and group therapy. The detox has an average length of 3-5 days. We make sure to tailor the program to each need of our client.

What to Expect During Addiction Treatment

Each day starts with a member of our medical team addressing each particular client’s medical and therapeutic issues. The daily individual sessions’ main focus is on fortifying inspiration for treatment, empowering the client to achieve total wellness and health, and identifying what the next steps are once detox is complete. One of the perks is clients can participate in group sessions throughout the day if they find comfort in doing so. Another huge perk is our nutrition program which is essential for success. At BRC Recovery, health-conscious meals are prepared daily and provided by our own in-house chef.

We make sure each client’s needs are taken into consideration during meal planning and dietary needs are evaluated upon admission. Our team’s primary mission is to supply diligent and optimal nutrition for our clients since it is crucial to healing. 

Detox and Addiction Treatment Services

Detox can be a very emotional and physical process, we design it to be as comfortable, safe, and healing as possible. Treatment programs are always designed with the client’s best interests in mind. Therapy is tailored to support their recovery goals.

Clinical and Medical Evaluation

There is a thorough assessment performed before each client begins detox treatment. During that time our team can gather a comprehensive understanding of the length of substance abuse, the family of origin, spiritual needs, physical and mental health along with the client’s history. This process allows us to create the most individualized plan possible.

Individualized Addiction Treatment Planning

Addiction treatment is a unique experience for each specific individual. We take the needed time to develop individualized plans to address each client’s distinctive needs. As we say at BRC Recovery is, “The more specialized the treatment, the more positive the outcome.”

24/7 Clinical and Medical Care

The patients are observed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by BRC Recovery medical and clinical staff. The members of our staff are trained to manage to reduce psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms whenever appropriate. A medical assistant team is overseen by our Director of Nursing to work to manage all medical needs and medication of our clients.

Case Management

The detox process can be an uncertain and emotional time for families and clients. We make sure to provide continual support throughout the whole treatment process. The end goal is lasting recovery, by pairing each client with a devoted case manager who serves as a point of contact and recovery advocate, making client transition much easier.


The three steps of education is a place where a critical part family dynamics play, the roles family members will need to play moving forward.


Significantly, everyone has an opportunity to voice their concerns. Normally this process is very difficult and emotionally draining. During this time, a trained interventionist is needed to mediate any disagreement that arises and keep the conversation on track.

What Should You Avoid when Planning an Intervention?

It is fundamental to remember that even though addiction is a long road, there are resources out there to help. The best results will occur when the loved one is approached in a loving, open manner where they feel led to share their feelings. It is ideal to avoid speech that will have the individual grow further from the problem or the thought of an intervention in the first place.   

What Should You Do if the Intervention is Unsuccessful?

Most interventions are a success, but some do fail. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, over 90% of people who attend a professional intervention, more than 90% of those individuals will commit to seeking help. The intervention can fail for multiple reasons such as:

The intervention was hosted in a place where the person does not feel safe

It is best not to host the intervention in a place where the loved one doesn’t feel protected. The individual will succeed better if they feel comfortable and vulnerable. It will be beneficial to find an environment where the individual will feel the most open-minded to maximize the chances of support.

Staging an intervention when they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms and while they are intoxicated

The intervention process is a very difficult one. While it might not be easy to approach the individual, it is not impossible. The most certain chance of success is if the intervention is performed while the person is sober.

Staging a group intervention before approaching them one on one

Individual therapy can be very intimidating for individuals suffering from addiction. However, the same rule goes for people experiencing group therapy. The most effective approach would be to confront the loved one on a one-on-one basis to have the most desirable result.  

Coming at your loved one from a place of judgment, anger, blame, shame

If the family member comes to the loved one in a confrontational, defensive, or aggressive matter, it will only have them retaliate back. The person is already experiencing a very troublesome ordeal so bringing more angst only worsens the problem. Interventions are the most successful when family members and friends offer nonjudgemental assurance, understanding, patience, and compassionate support.

Not ensuring the proper follow-up

Once the individual agrees to attend the intervention, it is common to feel the task is over. However, by being improperly prepared, numerous things can go wrong. Once the intervention occurs, an almost immediate submission should take place. 

Find Help at BRC Recovery Today

BRC Recovery is readily available to provide treatment for treatment-resistant patients and chronic relapsers. We are equipped with multiple treatment programs, holistic healing, and high levels of structure. We believe that by combining individualized care, possibilities are opened up for a long-lasting recovery. Contact us today to find out how our programs can help.


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Healing for you and your loved one is possible. Let BRC Recovery serve as an advocate for your family throughout our entire continuum of care as we help your loved one recover from addiction. If you have questions about our intervention services, we encourage you to get in touch with us by calling 1-866-461-1759.