Do You Need an Interventionist?

We get so many enquires every week from parents who have seemingly tried many options to try and get help for their loved ones, but no matter what is attempted, they just won't accept the help.

It is possible that over the course of the user’s drug or alcohol addictions, that they have exhausted much of their families money but more importantly, their health and well-being. The anxiety and fear a parent or family can feel is relentless and can have its effects.

There is a way to approach this situation from another angle and that is with the use of an ’Interventionist’.

Role of the Interventionist

An Interventionist is someone that will come to your home or to where the addict lives and talk to them about the possibility of help. Before help can be discussed with the addict, however, there needs to be an agreement from the drug or alcohol user, that help is possible and they need to do something about their condition ASAP.

It is the role of the Interventionist to slowly weed out and find the right ’buttons’ to push that will get the addict thinking about their life and where they want it to go. This can be a short process or it can be a very long one, possibly a few hours in the first meeting. It is important to find the right string to pull to unravel any emotions the addict has tied up in using drugs or alcohol.

If the right trouble areas of life are found and discussed with the addict, then the intervention can be successful. In an intervention, finding the thing that the addict most wants to change and then offering a solution for the problems they are experiencing, can have very successful outcomes and achieve the desired result of an agreement to undergo drug and alcohol treatment.

It is very important to get them started on drug and alcohol rehabilitation as soon as possible at this point, to address the problems and difficulties they have had in life and which have been uncovered in the intervention. It is also important to move quickly, while the person is willing to get help, the window can close very quickly!

An Interventionist needs to be very caring, very tolerant, tough, willing to tread into confronting territory and willing to persist to get past the initial barriers of hostility and antagonism that the addict can present.

If you would like to know more about how we manage interventions or how we can arrange one, please call one of our intake coordinators today on 1300 88 7676.


Christine Bauer

Christine is the Dissemination Secretary at Narconon Melbourne, Australia. She is also a graduate of the program and has been free of drugs for 11 years.