The terms of agreement that emerge from an intervention must be the right terms, likely to result in success and amenable to all parties.
By the time the family gets around to taking action, conditions in the addict’s life have already reached the point where there’s a certain incentive to change.
if some members of your team have become hesitant, mired in doubt, lost their motivation– then you want the professional with you.
The notorious revolving door wasn’t entirely due to the patient’s desire to avoid change– the hospital couldn’t get them out the front door fast enough.
Many addicts think they can control their drinking. While they may be able to stop, simply quitting is different from a lasting, internal change.
We’ll see the progress that was occurring even when the addict appeared, at the time, to be floundering badly.
Intervention is about achieving a very specific time-limited objective: an addict or alcoholic who agrees to participate in treatment.
Many good interveners—including some excellent professional intervention counselors—started out as primary enablers.