An intervention is a preplanned conversation between family / loved ones and the person affected by the addiction. Interventions are often lead by an intervention specialist, family councillor or addiction therapist and are structured in a format whereby the individual is confronted yet supported through a conversation about actively seeking addiction treatment.
Usually interventions are a last resort from a family to get help for a loved one. Denial is a very common thread with people suffering with a substance abuse issues and repeated failures of individual appeals to seek treatment often warrant a more structured intervention approach.
Often families and loved ones are too emotionally invested in their family member caught up in the addiction and need guidance to mindfully steer the conversation into a format that the person is as comfortable as possible in the process and hopefully willingly accepts the offer for treatment. The biggest role of the intervention specialist is to guide both the family and the potential patient into a path that leads to their treatment or amicable resolution.
Families know their loved ones best, however intervening in an adults life not only invasive but a complex soup of pent up emotion and turmoil. Where a substance or behaviour becomes threatening to the wellbeing of a person or their immediate family, and where they do not willingly accept help with the problem. That is the point where consulting an intervention specialist is necessary.