Alcohol Abuse Intervention

Medically Reviewed By Kayla Loibl | Last Edited:  December 05 ,
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There may come a time when an alcohol abuse intervention is the last hope for a chronic drinker. These events are used by family members and

friends of drinkers in order to share their concerns and feelings about the person's well being. In order for this happen, these same people should be familiar with the warning signs of alcohol abuse.

One of the more important aspects to an alcohol abuse intervention that must be kept in mind is that it includes the presence of a trained professional. These professionals are skilled in setting up the session as well as controlling the session once it begins.

In most cases, the person supervising the session will also be associated with a treatment center.

How To Begin

Once a person has exhibited the warning signs of alcohol abuse (excessive consumption, missing work, being fired from job, chronic blackouts, etc), it may be time to set up an alcohol abuse intervention. There are some common steps needed in order to complete this:

  • Research Local Treatment Facilities: The first step is to locate a treatment center that offers assistance as well as professional guidance in these matters. In some cases, this may be an out of state facility.
  • Consider the Options: The treatment center that you select will outline the options that are available as well as the options they feel will bring about the best results. This might include deciding if inpatient or outpatient treatment is best; insurance coverage, information on admission to the clinic, as well as other important details. It is usually in this phase that someone is assigned to supervise your case. This same person may go over the individual warning signs of alcohol abuse with you to see which are present and how severe they are.
  • Initial Meeting: This first meeting usually does not include the person in question. It is designed to help those who will be participating in the alcohol abuse intervention session itself. During this meeting, the counselor will normally address how the addiction process works, the disease itself, and how it can affect family members and friends. The counselor will also detail what will happen during the session so as to minimize any surprises.
  • The Meeting: The person in question as well as those who are participating in the session will meet in a pre-determined place at a pre-determined time. Those present will share their feelings with the person and ask him or her to accept treatment. If the person accepts, he or she will go with the counselor to the treatment center to begin the recovery process.
  • After Care: Once the person has finished his or her treatment course, it is important that they be followed up for several months. The post-treatment follow up can be vital to avoid a relapse. During this time period, family and friends should be on the lookout for any of the warning signs of alcohol abuse that may appear should the person return to drinking.

With the effective use of an alcohol abuse intervention, as well as post-care support, many persons are able to recover from this disease. For many chronic drinkers, it may be their best hope for getting sober and staying sober. It should be kept in mind, however, that relapses are fairly common.

This is why it is important for family members and friends to be alert to the warning signs of alcohol abuse even after treatment has been received. If a relapse occurs, contact the treatment center as soon as possible so further care can be given.

More alcohol abuse intervention info on our alcoholism intervention page

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Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 

I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LPC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More