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1. What is an intervention? A crisis intervention is attempt by family members and friends to help a chemically dependent person get help for his/her problem. These interventions are usually successful and often go onto a drug and alcohol treatment program and learn how to live life without the use of these substances. The purpose of interventions is to get
substance abusers out of denial and show them the ways in which their disease is affecting the people they love the most and get them into a rehab center. With the help of an intervention specialist and loved ones, the intervention process does not have to be painful, but can be the beginning of a new way of living for all those involved.

2. Do interventions work? It is believed a drug intervention have a 90-95% success rate when done under the guidance and supervision of a licensed intervention specialist and with the help of other people close to the individual needing the intervention. In some sense, interventions are very successful because although drugs and alcohol have essentially taken over a person’s life, it is still hard for the abuser to be confronted with his/her own behavior and know how it has affected others.

3. Does the drug or alcohol abuser have to be ready to get help? The straight answer to this question is no, the abuser does not have to be willing to get help, however successful interventions occur when there have been significant repercussions as a result of the person’s drinking or using. These events and occurrences can be used to show the chemically dependent person the ways in which life has become unmanageable.

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