In the substance abuse setting, an intervention is a process by which an addict, or alcoholic [I often use the terms “alcoholic” and “addict” interchangeably. Technically, an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol physically or psychologically or both], is convinced to seek help to stop using substances and desist from substance-related behavior.“Help” typically involves a stay in a residential-type, or inpatient treatment facility. In my opinion, if a family member or loved one is in such trouble as to merit an intervention, then the response needs to result in exactly this type of aggressive treatment. Conversely, outpatient treatment or just AA simply won’t be enough at this stage of the recovery process. Some interventionists and treatment professionals disagree with this, adhering to the philosophy that “you have to meet the addict where he is.” This is simply wrong.
Always remember, the addict’s own best thinking created the situation both he and you are enduring. He’s the last person who should be consulted about what’s best for him!