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Please note that this page: “Alcohol intervention  specialist” also refers to an intervention for drug use as well. At Narconon all are intervention specialists are fully conversant with both drug and alcohol interventions . Narconon UK does not charge any addition fees for drug or alcohol interventions conducted in the UK mainland.    

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It is not easy to stand by and watch a family member or friend’s life spiral out of control and down to complete destruction through alcohol abuse.

What is an alcohol intervention?

An alcohol intervention is a process that helps an alcoholic recognise the extent of their problem.

As strange as it may seem not all alcoholics are aware that their alcohol consumption is out of control.

Many try to justify their alcoholism with “I am just a heavy drinker or “it’s just a phase there're going through”, even though they they have been doing it for many years and their health and apparent sanity is failing.

Some alcoholics look at their alcohol-using peers and their own consumption appears normal in comparison.

When a persons alcohol consumption is out of control and it becomes clear to all those that are associated with them that the alcoholic is moving or has  already moved into a critical position and are reluctant to seek help on their own then an alcohol intervention may be the last chance an alcoholic may have before they enter a point of almost no return.    

They need objective feedback on their behaviour. Through a non-judgmental, non-critical, systematic process, the alcoholic is confronted with the impact of their alcoholism. The purpose of  an alcohol intervention is for the alcoholic to accept the reality of their addiction and to understand that very little is going to change without professional help. It was once thought that an alcoholic had to "hit rock bottom" before help could be offered and accepted. It was also thought that an alcoholic could only get better if they were self-motivated to change.

This has changed to the view that a skilled professional person can motivate an alcoholic toward recovery.

Alcohol interventions are difficult and delicate matters. It is very important that they be done properly. No alcohol intervention should be undertaken without advice and counsel of a professional experienced in the alcohol intervention process. Furthermore, since people embarking on an alcohol intervention often feel ambivalent and apprehensive, it is important that they trust the interventionist. If you ever feel uneasy with your interventionist or feel that you are being asked to do something you do not understand or agree with, you would be wise to stop the process and go elsewhere.

Remember, alcohol intervention is the most loving, powerful, and successful method yet for helping people accept help for their alcoholism.

Q) If an alcoholic is unwilling to seek help, is there any way to get them into treatment?

A) This can be a challenging situation. An alcoholic cannot be forced to get help except under certain circumstances, such as when a violent incident results in police being called or following a medical emergency. This doesn't mean, however, that you have to wait for a crisis to make an impact. Based on clinical experience, many treatment specialists recommend the following steps to help an alcoholic accept treatment:


One of the biggest addiction problems in the UK is alcoholism. ________________________________________________________

Steps of an Alcohol Intervention

1. Stop all "rescue missions." Family members often try to protect an alcoholic from the results of their behaviour by making excuses to others about the alcoholic and by getting them out of alcohol-related jams. It is important to stop all such rescue attempts immediately, so that the alcoholic will fully experience the harmful effects of their use and thereby become more motivated to stop.

2. Don't enable the alcoholic. Sometimes family members feel sorry for the alcoholic or tend to avoid the alcoholic. They let them come and go as they please. This comes across to the alcoholic as a reward; after all, they want to be left alone. Be careful not to reward by paying their bills, bailing them out of prison, letting them stay for free, etc. This kind of reward favours the alcoholic and promotes criminal behaviour.

3. Time your alcohol intervention. If possible, plan to talk with the alcoholic when they are sober. Pick a time when all of you are in a calm frame of mind and when you can speak privately.

4. Be specific. Tell the family member that you are concerned about their alcoholism and want to be supportive in getting help. Back up your concern with examples of the ways in which their alcoholism has caused problems for the family, including any recent incidents.

5. State the consequences. Tell the family member that until they get help, you will carry out consequences. Be clear that you do not want to punish the alcoholic, but want to protect yourself and others from the harmful effects of their addiction. These may range from refusing to be with the person when they are under the influence, to having them move out of the house. DO NOT make any threats you are not prepared to carry out. The basic intention is to make the alcoholic's life more uncomfortable if they continue using alcohol than it would be for them to get help.

6. Find strength in numbers with the help of family members, relatives, and friends to confront the alcoholic as a group. Choose one person to be the initial spokesperson. It will be much more effective for the others to simply be there nodding their heads, than it would be for everyone to talk at once and "gang up on them." Remember the idea is to make it safe for them to come clean and seek help.

7. Listen. Be aware that if during your alcohol intervention the alcoholic begins asking questions like; "Where would I have to go?" and "For how long?" This is a sign that they are reaching for help. Do not directly answer these questions. Instead have them call in and talk to a professional. Support them. Don't wait. Once you have their agreement, get them admitted immediately. Therefore, you should have a bag packed for them, any travel arrangements made and prior acceptance into an alcohol rehab programme.