Drug and alcohol addiction treatment services for a loved one

When you contact the healthcare professionals at The Hader Clinic about a family drug or alcohol dependence intervention, you are helping a family member or friend more than you know. No matter the situation, we are here to offer you and your loved one support, backed by over 20 years of experience in addiction treatment.

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People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. As a result, they may not recognise the negative effects their behaviours have on themselves and others. An intervention presents your loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things worsen, and it can motivate them to seek or accept help. 

When it comes to getting your loved one into rehab, we know that the window for successful intervention can be small. But, we are here to work with you to get them the help they need and to start the recovery process. If a member of your family is in crisis, call our intervention team. 

Our Priority Admission Service (PAS) enables direct admission for your loved one within 48 hours of enquiry. Our best practice priority admission service can normally accommodate new admissions within 48 hours of your initial inquiry.

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Intervention: Helping a loved one overcome addiction

An intervention can motivate someone to seek help for alcohol or drug abuse, compulsive eating, or other addictive behaviours. Examples of addictions that may warrant an intervention include: 

  • Alcoholism 
  • Drug addiction
  • Compulsive eating or gambling

Unfortunately, when a person is struggling with addiction, they often find it hard to see or acknowledge it themselves. Therefore, you may need to join forces with others and take action through a formal intervention.

The Hader Clinic explains how addicts cannot predict how much they will use once they start using or control their use.

What is an intervention?

An intervention is a carefully planned process done by family and friends, in consultation with a professional such as a licensed alcohol and drug counsellor or directed by an intervention professional (interventionist). At The Hader Clinic, our founder and interventionist, Richard Smith, will help you facilitate the intervention process. 

During the intervention, these people confront their loved ones about the consequences of their addiction and ask them to accept immediate treatment. The intervention: 

  1. Provides specific examples of destructive behaviours and their impact on your loved one with the addiction and family and friends 
  2. Offers a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps, goals and guidelines 
  3. Spells out what action each person will take if your loved one refuses treatment
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Family or friend intervention services, step by step

28-Day Withdrawal & Detox Program

Your family member or friend is admitted to a 28-Day Withdrawal & Detox Program, focused on detox and managing the physical symptoms of withdrawal. All patients of The Hader Clinic go through this treatment process as their first introduction to a new life free from addiction.

  1. Your loved one attends our specialised medical detox centre
  2. Patients take part in group and individual therapy sessions
  3. They receive ongoing support through all facets of our holistic treatment model
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Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Program helps the person struggling to readjust to a life free from addiction. Our intervention team apply the same holistic model of care in this phase, with an increasing focus on assisting patients in finding their own sense of responsibility, accountability, and, most importantly, independence.

  1. Your loved one attends our second stage treatment facility
  2. Patients learn more about their struggle with addiction through counselling
  3. Your loved one benefits from ongoing support from peers and staff
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Outpatient Relapse Prevention

Following the second stage treatment program, your loved one may require ongoing personal care and maintenance in the future. The Hader Clinic offers a comprehensive aftercare program, allowing you the best possible chance of long term freedom from addiction.

  1. Transitional Housing supports the reintegration of your loved one into society
  2. Ongoing counselling and support programs
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When it comes to facing addiction, the first step is always the most difficult. Substance abuse interventions are where concerned family and friends come together to help an addict understand how their addiction affects everyone around them. Acknowledging and confronting addiction is a challenging but necessary first step toward helping addicts start recovery.

Emotions always run high when you seek a treatment program for a loved one’s addiction. Undertaking an intervention for someone dealing with drug misuse and alcohol dependence needs to be a carefully planned process. This will ensure that all present are on the same page, presenting a united front of love and support to the addict.

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A family member or friend proposes an intervention and forms a planning group of people who care about the addict. It's best to consult with a qualified addiction professional or interventionist at this stage. You can use our enquiry form above to start the intervention process with The Hader Clinic.

Gather information & form the team

The group members share details of the loved person's substance abuse problem, research the condition and search for treatment programs. The Hader Clinic sends an Intervention Information Pack by email or fax, and our interventionist makes contact with the group. The planning group forms a team that will directly participate in the intervention.

Make notes and decide on specific consequences

Each team member describes specific incidents where the addiction caused problems, such as emotional or financial issues. For example, "I was upset and hurt when you drank …" If your loved one doesn't accept treatment, each member should decide what action they will take. For example, you ask your loved one to move out.

Meet with your professional interventionist

The night before the event, the intervention team meets with our interventionist. This session runs through the 60-Minute Consultation process.

Hold the intervention meeting

Without revealing the reason, the person struggling is asked to meet. First, team members express their concerns about the person’s substance abuse. Next, your loved one is presented with a treatment option and asked to accept it on the spot. Finally, each team member will say what specific action they will make if their loved one disagrees.

Treatment begins

The addict starts their first 28-Day Withdrawal & Detox Program with The Hader Clinic, where they will be detoxed and helped through withdrawal. Our team liaises with the professional interventionist throughout this process and offers ongoing support to the family, advising them of treatment progression.

Follow up

Family members and friends are engaged in the ongoing support of their loved one to help them stay in treatment and avoid relapsing. Changing daily routines, participating in counselling with your loved one, seeking therapy and recovery support, and knowing what to do if relapse occurs will all contribute considerably to the person struggling’s chances of long-term recovery.


Consulting an addiction professional will help you organise an effective intervention. At The Hader Clinic, our interventionist will consider your loved one's particular circumstances to help suggest the type of treatment and follow-up plan that is likely to work best. 

Often interventions are conducted by a group of friends and family without an intervention professional. However, having expert help is preferable to help plan the intervention, keep it on track and offer support to the group. It’s essential to engage a professional interventionist for the safety of the group and your loved if the person struggling: 

  • Has a history of severe mental health issues
  • Has a history of violence 
  • Has shown suicidal behaviours or recently talked about suicide 
  • May be taking several mood-altering substances
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