Mental health disorders and addictions transcend age, gender, and socioeconomic status, affecting at least 20% of adults and 7% of children in the U.S. Many individuals have these conditions and compulsive behaviors but do not receive any treatment. In some cases, interventions can persuade people to seek professional help. Television shows tend to depict interventions as dramatic, last-ditch efforts to rescue loved ones. As much as they are often employed as a comedic device, growing evidence demonstrates that people respond positively when their family, friends, and caring professionals approach them with honesty and hope.


1. What Is an Intervention?

An intervention is a carefully orchestrated process planned by concerned people close to the subject, to approach a person about their mental health issue or addiction. Ideally, the group collaborates with an interventionist. This specialist could be a doctor, addiction counselor, social worker, or spiritual leader. Together, the group lovingly confronts the individual and urges them to get treatment.

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