What Is an Intervention? An intervention is a deliberate process designed to help another person—a family member, loved one, friend or colleague—recognize and change self-destructive thoughts, feelings or behaviors. The intent is to confront the person in a non-threatening way. It's an approach that focuses on helping the individual see the personal impact of their alcohol or other drug use as well as the impact on others. Interventions usually involve several people who have prepared themselves to clearly and respectfully talk with the person engaging in substance abuse. Every person involved in the intervention shares factual information about the behaviors in question, including how they have been personally affected. The immediate objective of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to listen and to accept help. Should We Do an Intervention? An intervention can be a helpful tool when a family member, colleague or friend is resistant to addressing his or her drinking or drug problem. At one time there was an attitude that people couldn't be helped until they "hit bottom," but that thinking has changed. Many people who are resistant to change but enter addiction treatment due to an intervention do very well. Help with an Intervention If you call the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to request an intervention, you will be encouraged to talk with a counselor first, as oftentimes a formal intervention is not necessary. However, there are times when a professional intervention is advisable. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation does not have interventionists on staff, but we can provide you with information and contacts for professional intervention services.