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What is the Difference Between Intervention and Treatment?

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What is the Difference Between Intervention and Treatment?

The Intervention Process occurs when the loved ones of an afflicted individual come together perhaps for the first time in many years to urge their loved one to get the help they truly need.
Statistics show that if an Intervention is done properly and with the proper help, there is a 95-98 % success rate that the person will enter Treatment.

Various stages go into the Intervention process. It is not limited to what you may have seen on television. Although shows that illustrate an Intervention are wonderful, they show merely a bit of what goes on. I truly commend these shows because they truly send out a message of hope to people who truly need it. They are limited in detail for privacy reasons and time allotted for a television show. Many books and Intervention Trainings go much further in depth, without breaking anyoneʼs confidentiality. However until you have been a part of the Intervention Process, you cannot imagine all that it entails.

A solid, ethical Interventionist is going to gather as much information on the Person of Concern™ as possible. They are going to rely on the loved ones of this person to get as much information as they can. Because addicts have so many secrets, this can be like walking around with a blindfold on and trying to feel your way through a project. 

The Treatment phase is far more intensive and focused upon the addicted client, whereas the Intervention [hase focuses on both the client and the well-being of their loved ones.    

While the Treatment phase is usually in a controlled environment, the Intervention Phase is far more fluid and takes place in the current lives and situations of all concerned. It used to be thought that 30 days of Treatment was sufficient for a client. However, nowadays that is more likely to stretch to 90 days or longer.

The reason for the higher success rate with Interventions as compared with Treatment has to do with outcome.  The aim for the addicted client in an Intervention is to get them into Treatment, while the aim in Treatment is to help them achieve sobriety.

There is no particular standard that determines what is success vs. failure when it comes to treating someone struggling with an addiction. Many people who achieve long-term sobriety stumble several times before finally “getting it”.

If you decide to intervene upon someone you love, try to keep an open
mind at the same time firm boundaries when it comes to evaluating the success of both the Intervention and the Treatment processes. In both instances, there is opportunity for growth, education, empowerment and support. Ultimately, however it is up to the clients themselves to decide when enough is enough.

During the Intervention phase, the participants learn not only about themselves, but to stand up for themselves. They learn how to tell their loved one how his or her disease has affected their lives and how to give examples of this in a neutral setting with a trained and skilled facilitator. 

They also learn, possibly for the first time in their lives, how to say no to the person at the center of the larger storm brewing in their family/work/ friendship situation. Without guidance and help, they may never be able to do this and break long-standing patterns.

In Treatment it is the clientʼs opportunity to learn another way to live their lives if they choose to accept it.  This often takes a team of highly skilled Clinicians from the Medical, Psychiatric and Addiction fields to work with this client individually and in groups with others who also suffer from their disease.

While in the Intervention, there may or may not be others suffering from the disease of addiction, in Treatment, that is primarily who the addict will be surrounded by and interacting with. If the client allows themselves to, they can become a part of a community that understands what they are going through like no one else can. Again it is entirely up to the client to decide whether they want to take that chance.

By the time loved ones contact an Interventionist, they are fed up. That does not mean that the person with whom they are concerned about is at that point as well. The loved ones are hungry for change and are willing to go to any lengths to live a better life.

They are raw and they are vulnerable. They are at their wits end and completely depleted. Meanwhile the addict may have no idea whatsoever that others are affected by what they are doing. Thus the Intervention Process can be of equal value for those surrounding the addict as the Treatment process is for the addict themselves.



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Elaine Baker is a Trained and Cerrified Interventionoist with over 20 years of continuouw sobriety. She founded Confidential Recovery & Intervention Services, LLC.

Her company is based on both coasts and deals with Intervention and Relapse Prevention for substance abut and those stuggleing with Mental Health Disoricers

She works primarily with Adolescents, Young a\Adults and thier Families, Mother in Crisis, Women in Crisis, Men in Crisis, Pyshicians in Crisis and Excutives and other High Profile People in need of extrea privacy.

She created her own site and has started Elaine Baker Marketing to help those in the addictions field with website, seo and other things, as she truly believes in the power of collaboration with others.

She can be reached in California at (310) 600-7704

and toll free elsewhere in the US at (855) 224-7233 (SAFE)


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