What to do when your loved one needs help

Interventions for addicts

What is an intervention?

An intervention is a effective and useful service that can help a person who is in denial and unable to see the wide ranging impact of their addiction. The damage they are causing to themselves and the effect it has on their loved ones.

An intervention should be initiated as soon as possible to reduce the damage done to a person struggling with alcohol addiction. As addiction is a progressive illness unless help is sought the situation will deteriorate rapidly.

How we can help

Interventions are powerful and can work in situations where asking or begging a person to get help seems to fall on deaf ears. When they seem unaware of the damage they are doing and are in constant denial.

An intervention shows that you care, that you want them to get well and live a life worth living. They may not thank you now for your help but further down the line when they begin to recover they will be immensely grateful that you cared enough to intervene.

They will also be grateful to know that there is help available and at Lifeline we can arrange an immediate admission and in some cases transport. The sooner they get help, the more effective the treatment will be and the quicker they will recover.

What type of intervention/help?

There are degrees of help available for you to support your loved one

  • We are willing to talk to your loved one on the phone to explain our rehabilitation process, provide reassurance and explain the urgency of the situation. This is sometimes all that is needed to ensure your loved one is willing to come to Lifeline.
  • We have a trained intervention counsellor who will come to you at a prearranged time to conduct an intervention for you (with or without family/friends). They are specifically qualified to conduct an intervention and will ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible with the minimum amount of emotional stress for all parties concerned. In addition they can provide escorted transport to Lifeline. This option provides you with complete peace of mind.
  • Often clients come to Lifeline for an Initial assessment and decide to stay there and then. So you are welcome to come along to Lifeline for an initial assessment/visit where an intervention will be conducted on site. If this is the option you prefer, it would be advisable to bring some of their belongings with you.

An intervention is an opportunity for family and friends to come together and show their support and with our help your loved one will receive the care and treatment they need.

Key points:



We have an extensive family program with family focused interventions and workshop days

Families and loved ones affected by addiction can suffer a great deal of stress and may often mistakenly think tat they are responsible for the problem.

We aim to provide families with education awareness and on going support. Family interventions can be conducted to ensure your loved ones decision to go to rehab is done without blame or judgement and in the right way.

Family interventions are also conducted at the end of a clients stay to ensure the transition home is as smooth as possible. These are facilitated by trained professionals who help establish a dialogue and to create a degree of mutual understanding and compassion.

We look at choices regarding the family’s future and help people to understand the setting of boundaries

We believe addiction is a family illness and that it effects the whole family in ways not often acknowledged. Our family centred care sessions include providing families and loved ones with the skills, insight and understanding to support their loved one when they leave. We also understand the devastation an addiction can cause to a family and offer family sessions and counselling to individual family members.

We encourage family visits at the weekend and provide support and guidance around any issues involved.

Research has shown that including and providing support for families can

  • Increase the likelihood of a clients sustained recovery
  • Improve family relationships
  • Increase understanding of family dynamics

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