Intervention: Can You Help Someone Who Does Not Realize They Need It?

Feeling Scared, Anxious, And Powerless

“Help, what do we do? How do we get someone help when they don’t really want it?” These are questions we often hear from families that come to us for guidance. Does someone close to you have a substance abuse and/or mental health issue but is not willing to seek help? They may be in denial about their problem and on a very self-destructive path. Naturally, as a loved one, you may be feeling scared, anxious and powerless. Most people are not aware of the options available to them, even in a seemingly hopeless case. The time has come to contact a professional when the person you care for is suffering from an eating disorder, mental health disorder, addicted to drugs, alcohol, food or compulsive gambling and you have tried everything in your power to encourage them to seek help. An experienced interventionist or therapeutic consultant can bring a family together in a very strategic and unified way in order to influence a person to seek help and develop an individualized plan that includes direction and support for the family and comprehensive treatment for the individual.

Seeking A Qualified Interventionist…

When someone desperately needs professional help, but is ambivalent or reluctant to seek it, family and friends can encourage and invite them to receive that help by utilizing the skill and expertise of a qualified interventionist or consultant. A specialized professional can lead the support system through an intervention process than can often have the desired outcome. Generally, people have some misconceptions related to how aggressive or confrontational an intervention can be. This is most certainly not the preferred method and the team at FRS believes interventions can be facilitated with a more positive, compassionate and invitational approach. Our highly-qualified clinicians are experienced in reinforcing constructive changes that will benefit all involved, including the individual and the family system as a whole. We accomplish this by using the love and influence of the family, ensuring the process is conducted in a caring and compassionate fashion, while focusing on the individual’s and family’s strengths rather than staging a negative confrontation.

It is important to be sure the professional you choose is experienced, skilled, credentialed and ethical and does not accept any financial compensation from treatment centers for placement. You can avoid falling into the hands of an unscrupulous or unqualified interventionist by asking for their educational background, credentials and testimonials from previous clients. You can also see if they are a member of a professional organization that holds them to the highest standards of competency and ethics. The right interventionist has the specific expertise to deal with the complexities of addiction and mental health, is preferably a licensed clinician and is independent, objective, knowledgeable about many treatment options and will work diligently to find the best possible treatment program to meet a person’s unique needs. The team at FRS is licensed and certified in our profession and is uniquely qualified to help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your loved one. Each family and individual has unique needs so our consultants spend time regularly visiting and evaluating programs across the country in order to tailor a plan that includes the best possible services and the most effective treatment to help someone improve their overall health and quality of life.

Navigating The Intervention Process…

Navigating through this most difficult process can feel quite overwhelming without the guidance of a trained professional. An experienced interventionist will let you know what to expect and will provide the guidance and support you and your family require every step of the way. Our individualized and comprehensive approach will support you through the recovery process and ensure the best possible outcome for your family. While the individual is in treatment, we continue to support the family by providing ongoing direction and case management and we assist in coordinating aftercare plans once the patient has completed a primary program. We can also help with secondary placement when needed or we can help you develop a plan for continuing care once the individual returns home in order to set them up for success, while making this important transition. In the unlikely situation that an individual initially refuses treatment, we will help you develop an alternative approach that will include reasonable boundaries and limit-setting, which more often than not will lead to an eventual acceptance from your loved one. We work with you over the long-term to help guide and support the process of recovery for the entire family and we don’t ever give up until we have made measurable progress for you and your loved one.

An Intervention – We Can Help You Face The Obstacles

Sometimes mental health and substance abuse problems may seem like insurmountable obstacles but from the moment we begin this process together you can rest assured we are at your side from start to finish. Initiating and executing a well-prepared intervention for someone you care about is a powerful tool that can ultimately save his or her life. We believe an intervention is a significant expression of love and respect for a person in crisis, especially when friends and family unite in support of recovery. Our team of consultants will expertly arrange an organized collaboration that encourages everyone to stay focused on the hope for recovery.

If you are concerned about someone who may have an alcohol or drug problem, mental disorder, eating disorder, compulsive gambling problem, sex addiction or any other self-destructive behavior, please call us for an initial consultation. We work with many families in crisis and can help you develop a plan to encourage someone you care about to get the treatment they need to change their life for the better!


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) assists you in answering the question: “How do I know if my adult friend or loved one has a substance abuse problem?”

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