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How Many People Should Be Included in an Intervention?An effective intervention requires time and planning, which is why many people seek out professional intervention services. Knowing who to include in the meeting is something that an intervention specialist can help with. Typically only a small group of people should attend the intervention; most professionals recommend between 5-8 close individuals.

People to Include in the Intervention

Those participating in the intervention process should know the loved one well. They must understand of how the destructive behavior or addiction has changed the addict. Participants must have a close relationship with the loved one, and the loved one must also value their opinions if the participants are going to make an impact. People to include in the intervention process include the following:

  • Spouse, or significant other
  • Employers
  • Close family
  • Close friends
  • Mentors, teachers, coaches
  • Religious advisors
  • Children old enough to handle the emotional situation

People Who Should Not Participate in the Intervention

The intervention must focus on the addict. People who have their own struggles with addiction should not be included as they could interfere with the flow of the intervention. Those who have personal problems with the addict should also not be included. Problematic relationships decrease the chances of communicating the need for treatment. It is also best to avoid having young children involved; while children certainly are affected by the loved one’s behavior, they are most likely unable to participate in an event this serious and with such high stakes. Lastly, those who may antagonize, judge or lash out at the addict must be avoided at all costs. The addict does not need to feel threatened or backed into a corner because she will likely reject help.

Who Can Help Me Plan an Intervention?

The goal of an intervention is to raise awareness of a loved one’s destructive behavior and get him the help he needs. While family and friends may give their best efforts, there is no way to know whether the intervention will be a success. To improve the chances of success, seek professional intervention help. An intervention specialist has the knowledge and experience needed to plan and hold an intervention. With professional help, participants can learn how to hold an intervention as well as what to if the addict refuses to seek help.

There are many things that can go wrong before and during an intervention, but professionals can steer the process toward success. An intervention specialist can even provide assessment services to determine an appropriate treatment program, if the meeting is a success. Professional interventional help can be found by calling an addiction helpline.

Looking for Professional Intervention Help

If you have a loved one who needs an intervention, we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline now if you are interested in finding professional treatment. A recovery professional is on-hand 24 hours a day to answer your questions, address your concerns and provide you with all the information you need about treatment.