Intervention Guide

What is an Intervention?
If you’re reading this, you might be at the “end of your rope” when it comes to someone you love and his/her relationship to drugs or alcohol. It’s painful to watch someone you care for spiral out of control and not be able to stop him/her.

Utilizing highly-experienced and knowledgeable professionals, New Bridge Foundation’s approach to interventions is therapeutic, educational, and collaborative. Since each family and situation are different, our approach is individualized and flexible. Thus, how many times you meet, and who is involved, change from family to family.

Our steps to intervention include:

  1. Bringing together identified friends and family members to meet and discuss your individual situation.  It’s important to get everyone on the same page, since often family members are working at cross-purposes without realizing it.
  2. Educate family and friends about the disease of addiction and dispel any myths.  It’s important to identify enabling behaviors family members might be engaged in.
  3. Identify issues and solutions to address the needs of the individual in need of help.
  4. Strategize with your interventionist(s) to ensure that the family member in need is offered the best solution for his/her individual situation.

Myths of Addiction:

  1. Addicts have to want to get help in order for treatment to work. This is a common misconception about addiction. It’s important to remember that individuals who use drugs or alcohol have impaired judgment.  Not just when they’re using, but all the time if they are addicts. This means that, even if the persons aren’t drunk or high, their judgment is still impaired.  Getting them time away from use, significantly changes their outlook and thinking. If treatment centers were only filled with people who wanted treatment, they would be almost empty places.  It’s incredible to watch people’s motivation change as treatment starts to work.
  2. Addicts have to “hit bottom” before they will be willing to get help. Alcoholism and drug addiction are progressive illnesses. Like any disease, the longer you wait to intervene, the more entrenched, dangerous, and life-threatening the disease becomes. Addicts get clean and sober at all points along the continuum.
  3. Addiction is not a case of willpower. Prolonged alcohol and drug use alters the brain and creates cravings and compulsion. Every person who is chemically dependent is responsible for his/her use, but he/she is not to blame for his/her compulsive behavior. It’s not willpower the individual needs, it’s treatment and other interventions, which are critical to getting the necessary help.
  4. Since treatment failed previously, there is no reason to try again. It is not uncommon for individuals to need more than one treatment intervention to maintain long-term sobriety. When people enter treatment, they begin to heal. Sometimes this healing does not progress in a straight line. Like building blocks, treatment, therapy and other interventions build upon one another. Previously failed attempts at treatment are not an indication that future attempts won’t work. If you were sick and went to a doctor and their first intervention didn’t heal you, it is doubtful that you would give up. Instead, you would go to another doctor or try another treatment until something worked. Addiction is no different.

Do I Need an Intervention?
You might be thinking that an intervention is unnecessary or that you’ve already done everything possible to help your addicted friend or family member.  If there is an ongoing problem, then an intervention is needed.  We’re here to help alleviate your stress and help guide the process to sobriety.

You may think you’ve tried everything, but if a problem still exists, there is more to be done.  Our job is to help guide you to solutions that work.