Intervention is a rehearsed and planned meeting with a purpose of persuading someone to receive help for the substance abuse. The relatives, friends, employers, and the coworkers are invited to attend the meeting. All the participations talk about the effects of person’s addiction on their work or relationships. A treatment contract is presented to the individual. There are several stages that the addict undergoes before he finally agrees to have an intervention to change the habit. In the pre-contemplation stage, the person knows about the problem but isn’t ready to do anything about it. In the next stage, the person begins to think about getting help in the future. Then he becomes determined to take some positive steps to resolve the problem. The fourth stage is of action, where the individual takes some positive steps towards the recovery.
There are many models of intervention that can be applied. Generally, it has been suggested that there should be an intervention specialist as the addicts are mostly in stage one or two and they can easily become violent, aggressive or even suicidal. To have an effective intervention, it is advantageous to have the therapist in the team because the behavior of addict can be very unpredictive and self-destructive.