The Role of an Interventionist in Staging An Intervention Program

The intervention for helping one to get rid of an addiction is a very delicate process. Everyone involved has his or her own key role to play; therefore, staging an intervention must be done very thoughtfully and with finesse. Everyone involved in the initial process must be on the same page with the interventionist. An interventionist is usually an expert in treatment therapies and helps in convincing an addict to join a rehab program.

The ideal scenario for any intervention is that it takes place organically. Family and friends join together, having established a mutual concern for their loved ones, and have come together on a solution in which they are in absolute agreement. It is at this stage that they will form a supportive alliance in conjuncture with the professionals best suited for that particular case. Often times there will be an entire treatment team working together with the family along with the interventionist to come up with the best possible plan of action. This can include the following:


  • Constructing points of discussion for the intervention
  • Deciding how said points are brought up (written letters, etc.)
  • Determining what direct actions should follow the intervention
  • Making arrangements for the proper treatment centers or care centers
  • Formulating suitable therapeutic treatment plans

Once all involved are in accord with the points of discussion, relating to how they will bring about them within the confines of the process and what their proposed next step will be, then they are ready to begin the intervention. This practice will often begin with an introduction from the interventionist, explaining who he or she is, why they are there, and what they hope to accomplish. The introduction phase is typically followed by an expression of concerted unease and underlining concern beginning with an immediate relative or close friend. The rest of those involved follow, as they continue with sentiments in a similar tone until a solution is proposed, at which point the client is asked if he or she is willing to receive help.

The intervening parties take their cues from the interventionist, who serves as the link or liaison between the client and the family. The interventionist serves many roles in the general process. First, he or she must evaluate the overall situation. More often than not, the interventionist will personally meet with the family well before the actual intervention and gather as much information as possible.

The interventionist will want an immediate family history, a firm background on the client, a detailed contextual biography of the client’s experience with the problem at hand, and a grounded understanding of what the family’s plan will be directly following the intervention process. For instance, if the client is an alcoholic, the interventionist will want to know the client’s age, how long they have been drinking, whether or not there have been any attempts in the past to achieve sobriety if the client has recognized that he or she may or may not have a problem and most importantly if the client poses any immediate danger to themselves or those around them.

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