What Happens After An Intervention?

What Happens After An Intervention?

What Happens After An Intervention?

The time has come for intervention with a family member or close friend. Steps leading up to the scheduling of this day have been hard and fraught with challenges. Many questions have been asked along the way with only one more that remains: what happens after an intervention?

Interventions can be thought of as tools used as just one step in the process of recovery for your loved one. While interventions are held for any number of additions ranging from including alcohol or drug abuse to internet or computer addictions, the goal of any intervention is the same. The objective is to have an addicted individual acknowledge the situation and accept help from available treatment resources. 

Friends and family members may feel like they are betraying their loved ones. But this simply isn’t the case. Interventions are a collective effort built on upon the love and concern had for suffering individuals. And when the intervention has concluded, hopefully, the next steps lead to a healthier and happier life. Getting some form of treatment is integral. SpringBoard Recovery, an addiction recovery program Scottsdale works with the top intervention specialists in the area to help families and friends make a difference in their loved ones' life.

Objections During Intervention

Honest, self-evaluation for anyone is a difficult pursuit under even the most normal of circumstances. For an individual suffering from addiction, it may be impossible to see they indeed have a problem or that the problem they are facing is a great as expressed by their loved ones.

Addict sufferers may find any excuse to refuse or delay treatment. By working together ahead of time, participants in the intervention can foresee and redirect objections as they are presented. Having treatment options in place and ready to accept the individual will help in dispelling most of the frivolous excuses given.


What happens after an intervention, when the suffering individual accepts treatment, is the detoxification (detox) process. Going through the detox process alone could be more detrimental to the long-term health of the sufferer. This is why a medically supervised detox program should be ready to accept the individual.

The symptoms caused by withdrawal can be excruciating. Physical pain occurs from abdominal ailments, cardiovascular irregularities, and overall physical fatigue. The mental repercussions can be just as severe and include anxiety, depressions, nightmares, and other unsettling symptoms.

With the help of a professional, friends and family can help choose whether an inpatient or outpatient addiction recovery program will be needed to assist in the detox process. With either solution, medically supervised detox will ensure the individual will receive care from professional medical staff in a clean, safe, and supportive environment.


Detox is just the first step in the recovery process. It is not uncommon for the suffering addict to have forgone some of the basic healthy habits most of us follow every day. Rebuilding good habits is key to long-term recovery success.

Nutrition becomes increasingly important during the detox process. When entering a program, individuals may be severely malnourished. As the body begins detoxifying, it will seek out vitamins and minerals to assist in the repair of tissues, muscles, and organs. Professional nutritionists with the help of family and friends will help their body recover faster and put the individual on a healthy diet which will have life-long benefits.

In some instances, proper hygiene may need to be addressed. Drugs and alcohol can do a number on the body. Getting the body back to healthy working order is the first goal. Then rebuilding proper hygiene habits not only will improve the individual’s physical appearance, but can bolster self-esteem and the internal desire to stay sober. Helping loved ones regain their personal self-worth through proper hygiene can have tremendous positive results.


Once the detox process ends, the focus shifts on remaining clean. Long-term success often hinges on a commitment to continuing aftercare. Even though the recovered addict may believe they can forgo continuing treatment, aftercare programs are critical in preventing a relapse.

Counseling programs are readily available in most areas with online solutions becoming more popular. Most recovery programs involve weekly visits in a one-on-one or group setting. For those needing guidance on a more frequent basis or who have a higher relapse tendency, sober home facilities and halfway houses may the best solution.

Just as intervention specialists helped with the important first step in the recovery process, experts are available to help make the transition to a clean live a permanent one.


It does happen that an intervention fails to get the afflicted individual treatment. When this happens after an intervention, there needs to be a plan to take over. Friends and family members involved in the intervention must present and stick to their absolutes.

This means if their loved one doesn’t accept treatment, friends, and family are willing to protect their own happiness from the destruction of the addicts. No longer giving the suffering addict money, taking away any assistance previously given, or forcing them out of a living arrangement are the possible consequences of not seeking treatment.

The decision to accept treatment is that of the suffering addict. Just as it was their decision to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. With the help of friends or family, an intervention may not only improve a loved one’s life, but an intervention might also very well save it.

If you don't know where to turn for help, call SpringBoard Recovery today. We will guide you through the process of helping you.