Interventions for Substance Abuse

What is an Intervention?

An Intervention is a process of uniting loved ones, related to or friends of an individual struggling with Alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or prescription drug addiction. An Intervention is necessary when an individual struggling with Alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or prescription drug addiction is in denial of the problem, yet the chaos and destruction of the behaviors are evident to loved ones, family, and friends.
Intervention Steps (How to Do an Intervention)


The Pre-Intervention Step, is the time in which you decide you can’t take this behavior, chaos, and self-destruction anymore. This is the time when you take action. You, loved ones, family, and friends, plan to unite to discuss the next steps. During the Pre-Intervention Step, you will contact the Interventionist to discuss the history you’ve experienced with the individual who is struggling with alcohol addiction or drug addiction or prescription drug addiction. Once you’ve contacted the Interventionist, the following steps are easier and guided by your Interventionist, who will give you support, validate your concerns, and provide guidance throughout the Intervention process.

Intervention Preparation:

The Preparation Step, is the time in which you gather a history of the chaos and self destruction of the individual struggling with addiction, and the impact his/her behavior or addiction has had on you, your life and other people and their lives. The Preparation Step is also a time in which you discuss the appropriate treatment program for your loved one. You will decide on a treatment program and payment method. The Preparation Step is a time in which you and everyone else involved in the Intervention will write letters to the alcoholic or addict, describing your concerns, your feelings, the purpose for the intervention, and your hope for the future. You will also pack appropriate clothes and necessities for the individual who will enter a treatment facility.


The Intervention Step is the act of the Intervention. At this time, everyone involved in the Intervention will gather in one location. Everything will have been planned and discussed with your Interventionist. Your letters will be ready. Your loved one will arrive or will be sleeping and then awaken by you or another individual. The Intervention, at that time, will begin. You might encounter an angry, surprised, or defensive loved one. You might have a difficult time or an easy time, sharing your intentions of this Intervention. Your loved one might even refuse to participate and leave the location.

If your loved one agrees to stay and proceed with the Intervention, he/she will sit in a chair and will be instructed as to the purpose of the Intervention and the steps that will follow. Communication is extremely important. Loving, positive, yet firm and direct communication is imperative.

Everyone will read their letters. Many of the letters will refer to the destruction caused by Alcohol addiction, drug addiction or prescription drug addiction. Letters will be emotional and typically include painful memories of the chaos of addiction. Once the letters have been read, your loved one will have an opportunity to respond. The Interventionist will facilitate this entire process, re-directing as needed.

The final step of the Intervention is to explain that your loved one’s bags are packed and ready for his/her treatment program. Transportation will be waiting.

Everyone will say their goodbyes and your loved one will leave with the Interventionist for the beginning of the addiction treatment program.


Post Intervention for the alcoholic or addict begins with the transportation to an addiction treatment facility. Post Intervention for the family of the alcoholic or addict begins, once the loved one has departed the Intervention location. During the Post Intervention, family members and friends discuss their experience and validate their letters, feelings, and concerns. It is the beginning of a hopeful and healing journey to recovery for the alcoholic or addict and family and friends.

The cornerstone behind the Cove Center for Recovery’s Intervention program lies in the work of the renowned interventionist Dr. Hughes. He is also the CEO of the Cove and has over 25 years in experience handling addiction clients and conducting interventions . His background in addiction counseling, psychology and public speaking makes him the perfect candidate to help get your teen to realize the danger they are putting themselves in.