Frequently Asked Questions

Important questions and answers

Where will the intervention be held?

The intervention can be held at your location, on specified neutral ground or at any venue or other suitable location we can book for you. It is common for us to escort the client to the treatment facility you prefer, regardless of the location.

How many people need to be there?

This will depend upon the situation at hand. A thorough assessment of the circumstances will determine who will need to attend. This is achieved initially through the first phone consultation you have with the intervention specialist assigned to your family.

Will they be taken away?

There are many outcomes to an intervention and many options for treatment. There will always be the option of immediate treatment but this is not the only aim for a successful intervention. Prior to the intervention the treatment pathways and options will be explored and discussed to facilitate the best way to empower the intervention client to enact their own journey towards recovery as a priority.

How long does an intervention take?

The intervention itself can range from 2 – 3 half days depending on the circumstances. There are also additional programs and support that can be offered in the lead up to the actual intervention and as post intervention follow up support.

As a family member do I need to get therapy during and after an intervention?

You will be assisted by our team during the intervention process but they will also assist in identifying your needs following the intervention. Additional follow-up care is available upon request.

When is the best time to have intervention?

The best time to start the process is immediately. A simple phone call is all that is needed and you will be guided through the entire process, timing and costs. The timing of the intervention itself is dependent upon many factors, which are uncovered and discussed during the initial assessment call.

Does the person have to be sober/straight in order to do the intervention?

No, we work with you to respond to whatever the situation requires. Obviously, sobriety will help the recipient’s clarity of mind and ability to fully process what is happening, however it may not be realistic to expect the intervention client to arrive clean and/or sober. Regardless, we will work with you at your own pace to get the best possible outcome.

What if my loved one does not want an intervention?

No-one ever wants an intervention. However, that leaves the family and friends of the person needing intervention in a hopeless situation. Clients engage Interventions Australia when they believe there is no way to move forward and their loved one will not stop their destructive behaviours, or sometimes even admit they have a problem. You do not need permission to save someone’s life.

If the person is in the middle of court charges, will it help their case?

Yes, very much so. Our intervention specialists have assisted in many legal situations, with positive outcomes. Just being able to present to the court that professional help is being sought can be enough to influence the final outcome.

What if they won’t listen or the intervention doesn’t work?

An intervention always succeeds for the extended group participating, even if the intervention client does not end up seeking treatment immediately afterwards. Everyone involved benefits from the open discussion and support, and the tools provided to enhance clear and helpful communication. Sometimes it’s as simple as knowing you have done everything possible to help and support your loved one, that provides much needed peace of mind.