Intervention Essentials

Intervention Essentials for Drug or Alcohol Addiction - see also the Getting Help page for resources or call the Peer Support Helpline  (800) 654-5167 :

Planned Intervention:

  1. Include a trained interventionalist*, family, spouse, and colleagues.
  2. Include as many people as you can and be sensitive to gender.
  3. Bring all the evidence.
  4. Get a properly collected drug screen.
  5. Do not let the person out of your sight! Do not let them drive!
  6. Have a bed in a treatment facility ready
  7. Do not let the addict decide their treatment. Remember, they are sick.
  8. When all else fails, threaten to call the police. Often, this will cause the individual to admit that he/she has a serious problem.
​Crisis Intervention:
  1. Do not let the person out of your sight! Do not let them drive!
  2. Get a properly collected drug screen.
  3. Include a trained interventionalist*, family, spouse, and colleagues.
  4. Include as many people as you can and be sensitive to gender.
  5. Bring all the evidence.
  6. Have a bed in a treatment facility ready
  7. Do not let the addict decide their treatment. Remember, they are sick.
  8. When all else fails, threaten to call the police. Often, this will cause the individual to admit that he/she has a serious problem.
​​​*Resources for locating an interventionalist: Often the workplace employee assistance program has resources for an interventionalist, or the treatment facility has a recommendation.  See also Model Substance Abuse Policies for Anesthesia Departments

Source: Bryson EO, Hamza, H. The Drug Seeking Anesthesia Care Provider. International Anesthesiology Clinics. Winter 2010:49:157-71.