What is an intervention?
"An intervention is a caring, deliberate, and well-conceived event, through which people who care express their concern. It is a safe and intentional opportunity for them to reflect back to their loved one the ramifications of his or her behavior on themselves and others, and to present a plan to change and get help in ways that will address the causes and alleviate the suffering of all involved. With the skilled assistance of an interventionist, the experience creates the opportunity to interrupt destructive patterns of living or deal constructively with a crisis situation." Jeff VanVonderen, Interventionist
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The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a nonprofit coalition of communication, health, medical and educational professionals working to reduce illicit drug use and help people live healthy, drug-free lives. The Partnership has recently launched a new, research-based educational and communication program focused on intervention and treatment. The "Hope, Help & Healing" campaign is designed to provide hope to those struggling with addiction as well as help for families in need by encouraging intervention and treatment for alcohol and drug problems. This groundbreaking initiative represents more than a decade of research and planning at the Partnership. For more information, please visit: www.drugfree.org/Intervention.
Formal Intervention Overview (PDF file)
Source: Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Addiction Intervention Resources (A.I.R.) is a national organization of professional intervention specialists, counselors and consultants who provide fast and effective crisis management services through a proven protocol of education, action and healing. This organization specializes in addressing addiction-related crises resulting from alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, sexual addiction, and gambling, among other addictions. A.I.R. has offices strategically located across the country to quickly and efficiently reach and service clients located anywhere in the U.S. Addiction, A.I.R. argues, is a disease characterized by denial. An addicted person will deny, often in the face of unimaginable consequences, that he or she is sick and even if the individual recognizes that a problem exists, he or she is typically unable or unwilling to ask for help. Intervention is the best way to make help available to those struggling with addictions. 92% of those intervened on choose to go to treatment and have the opportunity to change their lives. For more information please visit: www.intervene.com
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National Intervention Referrals is one organization that provides intervention services for families and individuals who are struggling with addiction, alcoholism and other forms of crisis. Their intervention services include adult, executive and teen interventions, as well as transport services and crisis interventions. At N.I.R. they believe that drug and alcohol abuse can be overcome by facing the problem head on, in a caring but firm manner. Once a successful intervention has occurred their staff continues to support family and friends throughout the rehabilitation process. While confronting denial can be an extremely sensitive and difficult course of action, it is a necessary step in the process toward recovery. N.I.R. is committed to individualized, loving and successful drug and alcohol interventions.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.nationalinterventionreferral.org
Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) is committed to organizing and mobilizing the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their families, friends and allies to change public perceptions of recovery, promote effective public policy in Washington, DC and in all 50 states, and demonstrate that recovery is working for millions of Americans. FAVOR's mission is to bring the power and proof of recovery to everyone in the nation.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) provides education, information, help, and hope to the public. It focuses on education, awareness, policy and advocacy and through its National Network of Affiliates provides direct assistance to individuals and families affected by alcoholism and drug addiction through information and referral, community-based education and prevention, training, intervention, treatment, recovery support and advocacy services. NCADD operates a toll-free Hope Line (800-NCA-CALL) for information and referral and a National Intervention Network (800-654-HOPE) to educate and assist the families and friends of addicted persons.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.ncadd.org
TimeToTalk.org provides practical tools, tips and monthly alerts to help parents and caregivers start and keep the conversation going with their kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.timetotalk.org
The Parent Toolkit is The Partnership for a Drug-Free America's online resource center at drugfree.org and features interactive tools that translate the latest science and research on addiction and treatment into easy to understand tips and tools. At drugfree.org, parents can connect with each other, tap into expert advice for children of all ages, and find the support they want and need to raise healthy families.
For more about this organization, please visit: theparenttoolkit.org
CheckYourself.com is a place for older teens to consider their relationship with drugs and alcohol, Check Yourself encourages teens who are experimenting to take an honest look at the risks of their substance use and decide if they need to make changes or get help.
For more about this organization, please visit: CheckYourself.com
Life After is a web destination designed to celebrate stories of addiction recovery and to bring a human face to the issue of substance abuse. The site serves as a social network and inspirational showcase where visitors can share stories of hope, celebrate their recovery and find encouragement from friends and family.
For more about this organization, please visit: lifeafter.drugfree.org
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the US Department of Health and Mental Services, funds and administers grant programs and contracts that support state and community efforts to expand and enhance prevention and early intervention programs and to improve the quality, availability and range of substance abuse treatment, mental health and recovery support services-in local communities.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.samhsa.gov
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) believes that when it comes to preventing drug and alcohol abuse, there is no one-fits-all approach; that it takes solutions that are based on a community's unique problems and circumstances. Since 1992 CADCA has been training local grassroots groups, known as community anti-drug coalitions, in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them. Today, CADCA is one of the nation's leading drug abuse prevention organization, representing the interests of more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.cadca.org
The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) is a private, not-for-profit educational, scientific, and informational organization. The Association was originally incorporated in 1971 to serve State Drug Agency Directors, and then in 1978 the membership was expanded to include State Alcoholism Agency Directors. NASADAD's basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every State. NASADAD's mission is to promote effective and efficient State substance abuse systems.
For more about this organization, please visit: nasadad.org
The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) promotes the availability and quality of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them. CSAT supports policies and programs to broaden the range of evidence-based effective treatment services for people who abuse alcohol and drugs and that also address other addiction-related health and human services problems. They are part of the Partners for Recovery Web site, dedicated to the advancement of prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. Their Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator helps people find alcohol and drug treatment programs.
For more about this organization, please visit: The Official CSAT site
The National Institute on Drug Abuse's (NIDA) mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.drugabuse.gov
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is the primary agency for conducting and supporting research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol problems. NIAAA provides free research-based informational materials for health care professionals and the public.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.niaaa.nih.gov
The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers' (NAATP) mission is to promote, assist and enhance the delivery of ethical, effective, research-based treatment for alcoholism and other drug addictions.
For more about this organization, please visit: www.naatp.org