How Long Does the Intervention Process Take?

How Long Does the Intervention Process Take?An addict is often the last person to realize that he or she has a problem. The addicted brain will use every psychological tool at its disposal to maintain the disease, and this may involve the following:

  • Making rationalizations or excuses
  • Delaying help
  • Shifting blame to others
  • Justifying continued abuse
  • Minimizing the problem
  • Acting defensively


In many cases the addict will have to hit rock bottom before truly realizing the gravity of the situation. This can involve injury, financial devastation, a life-changing accident, the loss of important relationships and other catastrophes. Friends and loved ones will often recognize the symptoms of and feel the effects of addiction before the addict. If attempts to get through to the addicted loved one about his or her disease fail, friends and family may try a formal group intervention. These are confrontational meetings that attempt to calmly convince the addict to understand that he or she needs help. This process is more involved than many people expect. Friends and families benefit greatly from the guidance of specialized intervention counselors to help them prepare and perform these interventions.

The Full Intervention Process

The intervention process involves much more than the meeting at its center. The following elements are crucial to intervention success:

  • Pre-intervention meetings and counseling with an interventionist helps those involved to communicate effectively and to protect themselves from enabling or codependent behaviors that may prolong their loved one’s disease.
  • Professional interventionists help participants plan for every possible response from acceptance and willingness to get help to full denial and hostility.
  • The ones conducting the intervention must have an immediate treatment plan in place so that the addict can potentially move directly from the intervention into treatment.
  • While the addict is in rehab it is helpful for the family members and friends to undergo codependency counseling so they can help the addict on his or her recovery journey.
  • When addicts are released from rehab, they must take advantage of ongoing aftercare in the form of counseling, group meetings and other resources. Participation by their loved ones greatly enhances the therapeutic value of these meetings.

This is not a short-term process. Rehab can run from one month to longer than a year depending on the severity of the addiction. Most recovering addicts benefit from multiple years of aftercare. While the meeting itself may only last an hour, the entire process of recovery is much longer.

Finding the Best Intervention Assistance

If you are interested in learning more about conducting a successful intervention, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors can answer any questions you have and can connect you with expert interventionists. Reaching out for help is the first but often most difficult step in finding recovery for a loved one. We are here to make the process as simple as possible. Please call today.

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