Intervention Steps?


The main goal of a successful intervention is to get the addict to agree to go to a treatment facility.

Seeing loved one struggle with addictions and/or mental health issues and being unable to help can be one of the most painful and heartbreaking experiences for family members and friends. It is critical to stop or manage a person’s drug and/or alcohol consumption.

An intervention can motivate someone to seek help for alcohol or drug misuse or other addictive behaviors.

It is an important event, created by family and friends of a person struggling with addiction, to help the person realize they have a problem, they need help, and they have support.

At CanAm Interventions, we help family and/or friends manage the complexities of addictions and/or mental health challenges by providing them skills to become more equipped and understand them.



  1. Family Assessment Meeting

The interventionist first finds out about the extent of your loved one’s problem and research the condition and treatment programs.

The interventionist comes up with a complete assessment and treatment plan for the identified individual and family members who are struggling with addiction or mental health issues and determine the type of intervention that will be most effective.

And may initiate arrangements to enroll your loved one in a specific treatment program.

  1. Form the Intervention Team

A team is formed by gathering family, friends and sometimes a coworker or boss. The intervention specialist will offer support by educating all participants on addiction, mental health challenges, recovery treatment process and other intervention processes. Meet our strategic partners.

  1. Preparation and Rehearsal

Someone struggling with drug abuse or addiction might not see how their actions affect others. Friends and family can help trigger a “moment of clarity” by describing their concerns and ways the addicted person has hurt them. These statements should be pre-written and reviewed by a professional, along with the other members of the intervention team, before the intervention. Everyone must rehearse and prepare for the family intervention with guidance and clarity on the topics that will be discussed.

  1. Make Plan

This includes scheduling a specific day, time of day, location, and guest list. The space where the family intervention is held should be familiar and non-threatening to the addict. This puts the person more at ease during the intervention and will increase the chances of success. It will also be helpful to try to schedule a meeting time when the addict will not be extremely intoxicated.

  1. Decide on Specific Boundaries

If your loved one doesn’t accept treatment, it will be important for each person on the team to decide what action he or she will take. The interventionist with coach and guide the team to support their boundaries.

  1. Treatment Referrals

Since the goal of the intervention is to get the addict into treatment. It’s important that you have chosen the treatment centers before doing the intervention.  It goes without saying that arrangements must be made in advance.

There are many types of treatment centers out there. Make sure that you do the research to find one that meets your needs and coordinate with the staff. The treatment placement process includes gathering information about the family’s insurance policy and/or private pay budget.

  1. Hold Intervention Meeting

Without revealing the reason, your loved one with the addiction is asked to the intervention site. Members of the team then take turns expressing their concerns and feelings. Your loved one is presented with a treatment option and asked to accept that option on the spot. Each team member will say what specific changes he or she will make if your loved one doesn’t accept the plan.

The Intervention is directed by the Certified Intervention professional.

  1. Travel Coordination

The Certified Intervention Professional supports the family in making travel arrangements with the selected treatment program for the identified individual, with clear steps, goals, and guidelines.

  1. Intervention Aftercare Services

Post-intervention/aftercare case management is recommended. Studies have shown that individuals and families that participate in aftercare and case management services have a higher level of success.

  1. Follow Up

Involving a spouse, family members or others is critical to help someone with an addiction stay in treatment and avoid relapsing. This can include changing patterns of everyday living to make it easier to avoid destructive behavior, offering to participate in counseling with your loved one, seeking your own therapist and recovery support, and knowing what to do if relapse occurs.

Have A Successful Intervention

A successful intervention must be planned carefully to work as intended. If the meeting is structured, especially with help from a professional, interventions can be up to 90 percent successful in convincing the person to get the help they need.

A poorly planned intervention can worsen the situation — your loved one may feel attacked and become isolated or more resistant to treatment.

Consult with CanAm Intervention to make a treatment plan for your loved one. We will structure the planning process, guide the intervention team, and lead the overall event.

The only way for interventions to be successful is if they are based in love, honesty, and support.



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