What is an Alcohol Intervention?

An alcohol intervention is not always what people think it is in their minds. Specifically, it is a professionally led space where people discuss concerns about the loved one’s drinking and other behaviors. Eventually, the person’s behavior becomes so unsavory that it begins to harm other people and it is time to step in and help them seek help. Find out more about interventions, whether they work, and how to seek help for a loved one with an addiction.


When drinking patterns change or become riskier, they can endanger other people, not just the person drinking. The goal of an intervention is to encourage someone to seek the help they need. Because alcoholism is a disease that keeps building on itself over time, it will only grow worse until the person seeks help. A loved one may know they have a drinking problem, but is in denial they need help. They may not believe they need any support to quit and think they will quit on their own. Before an intervention is staged, think about what to say and whom to have involved. It helps to have people backing you that can support your journey of healing. An intervention can help if:

  • It is planned properly with the right intention
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • An interventionist gets involved to help diagnose and clearly state objectives of the situation to be sure it can go as smoothly as possible
How it Works

For an intervention to work, it helps to gather everything (and everyone) together to make the best choices. If the intervention is just thrown together, it may result in things not going well and people’s lives being further harmed. Most interventions work by:

  • Seeking help from professionals
  • Getting assistance to determine specific needs
  • Conduct it with a specialized counselor who understands the loved one and their history of extreme mood swings or how they anticipate things
  • Speak to that person about their behavior in a loving, kind way that also makes room to offer space for the loved one to feel heard
How to Get Started

With an established plan for the intervention, it is time to get started. Scheduling is tricky, but a professional interventionist can help. An intervention can trigger a wide range of emotions across the board. By intervening and providing resources, everything is being done right to help. It is best to point out situations that were harmful to the person you are doing an intervention with and ask them to hear you out. Getting frustrated will make the situation worse and make loved ones feel defensive. Many professionals recommend practicing what to say ahead of time to keep things going. Most importantly, at the end of the intervention, offer treatment resources and solutions to help a loved one overcome their alcohol use disorder. Let them know there is support and encourage them every step of the way. Make sure to follow through on promises made and o not financially support their habit. Make sure to know the goal, which is to provide room for them to decide on treatment as the only option to help them. Aside from that, it is helpful to let them know they are loved and cared for but need to have the discipline and structure of rehab to help them heal.

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