What is an Intervention?

An intervention is a deliberate process by which change is introduced into an individuals thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The overall objective of an intervention is to confront a person in a non-threatening way, allow them to see their self-destructive behavior, and how they affect themselves, family and friends. Usually, this process involves several people who have prepared themselves to talk to a person who has been engaging in some sort of self-destructive behavior. In a clear and respectful way, they inform the person of factual information regarding his or her behavior and how it has affected them. The immediate objective of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to set aside the "denial" factor, become open-minded and accept help.