Interventions can be conducted to help family members and friends get their loved one to seek professional help for either an addiction or a crisis they are dealing with. These meetings are typically used for addressing issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, gambling problems, eating disorders, and self-harm.


In a direct intervention, the victim’s concerned loved ones coordinate a confrontational meeting with a licensed counselor and the victim to join. An indirect intervention is when a codependent family meets with a counselor to discuss ways they could be more effective in helping the individual.

Positive Directions' Approach to Interventions:

As with most medical and mental health conditions, early interventions on the progression of the condition are most effective.  At Positive Directions, we encourage families to initiate interventions long before they believe that they and the person they are concerned about have ‘reached the end of the line’.  We view the intervention process as a loving and empowering action for those who are feeling frightened, powerless and hopeless – for those who are initiating the intervention and for those to whom the intervention is directed. We also believe that the purpose of an intervention is to enhance empowerment, not shame. At Positive Directions, the prelude to the intervention meeting is focused on the preparation of the family and concerned persons.  During this time, they prepare to express their love, experience and needs while asking the ‘addicted’ person to seek the help they need.