Intervention Strategies 

Various intervention strategies are available and can always be analyzed to establish which one suits the situation at hand. First, you need to study the substance user’s unique set of circumstances and his/her past life before you decide on which intervention strategy will most likely help and motivate the addict to accept treatment. An effective intervention strategy is planned and critically evaluated with a sole purpose of getting the drug abuser to accept that there is a problem which needs to be addressed. Choosing the most suitable rehabilitation facility, intervention strategy, and participant will go a long way making the whole process a great success.

Different Intervention Strategies Have Different Purposes

Being clear about the goal of intervention is always critical. Keep in mind that intervention is the very first step on the long road towards recovery and healing. Although intervention can be emotional and frustrating at the start, the intervention isn't designed to serve that purpose. You need to stay focused on the primary goal of getting the addict to accept treatment as early as possible. Intervention sessions shouldn’t serve as forums for blaming the addict and raising other unnecessary issues. The journey will only proceed if you avoid blaming the addict and start encouraging him/her to walk through the recovery journey confidently.

The Invitational Intervention Strategies

Typically, invitational intervention strategies are open and can be held without any secrecy. They are usually planned just like a formal business meeting. Every individual is unique, and some people tend to respond well to a non-confrontational approach. Sometimes, the surprise intervention sessions don’t go down well with other people and can end up undermining the trust that exists between you and the addict. A professional intervention expert will help you determine whether this is the best option for your case. The addict is invited to attend the forum, and if he/she fails to appear, the session will still be held to come up with unique ways of supporting the victim.

Professionally Guided But Surprise Intervention Strategy

This intervention strategy is commonly referred to as the Johnson Model method. Sometimes, it's appropriate to make the intervention strategy a surprise to make sure that the victim attends the session and he/she is persuaded to accept treatment. Although surprise intervention isn't always easy for anyone involved, it's sometimes the best way of getting your loved one to accept the fact that they need immediate help. The addict can easily be driven into accepting treatment if family members and close friends confront him/her.

The Informal family Driven Intervention Strategy

This type of intervention strategy takes place in the absence of a professional consultant. Family members and close friends confront the drug user and try to convince him/her to accept that there is a problem which needs to be tackled urgently. The family members will prepare for such a session by attending several counseling sessions with an expert. They will be guided on how to conduct the meeting on their own and how to respond to various reactions from the addict. Just like the other intervention strategies, thorough preparation is key to the success of the session.

The SMART Model of Interventions

The SMART model intervention is based on a cognitive-behavioral approach to intervention. In other words, the professional consultants critically evaluate the behaviors common to different the addicts and seek to understand the common practices by identifying an underlying mental operating basis in life. The three types of intervention explained under SMART Model of Interventions are Recovery, Crisis, and Closure interventions.


Professional interventions have helped many addicts to accept their situation and embrace treatment options. Intervention is always the best strategy to use to get the addict to admit that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Keep in mind that due to the nature of addiction, some drug abusers may be reluctant to embrace intervention. Although not all interventions work, a majority of the time they will end up getting your loved one into a treatment center.

With the life of your loved one hanging in the balance, it's worth the effort and expense. More than 95 percent of the addicts acknowledge the fact that it was through an intervention that they accepted to get help. Therefore, it's important to have an intervention professional who is willing to tailor the intervention to suit your needs and expected outcomes. Talk to us today and let us help you find the ideal solution for your loved one.