Intervention Information for Families 

What is a Family Intervention: Why and How?

The Hader Clinic believes that an intervention should be an orchestrated effort by either one or more people to encourage a loved one to seek professional help with an addiction, traumatic event or other serious problem.

The expert staff at The Hader Clinic guide families through the entire process of intervention, treatment, and aftercare. We also find it hugely beneficial for all concerned to have families involved in the whole process. For these purposes, we also run a week-long family program which is proven to increase the chances of long-term success for our clients.

We base our interventions on 3 principles:

1) An intervention is an act of kindness and should be carried out with professional support for the benefit of both the family and the sufferer. Blaming and shaming play no part in a successful intervention or the recovery process as a whole.

2) What the sufferer thinks they need and what he/she actually needs are usually different things entirely. 

3) Treatment for addiction to drugs/alcohol and other behaviours works. Our proven program has helped many different people throughout the world suffering from a complex combination of addictions and mental health issues.

We consider an intervention to be a powerful expression of love for an individual, where friends and family come together in support of that individual making a lasting change to their lives. The term ‘intervention’ is most commonly used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs and alcohol.

In addition, family intervention services are often used to address other personal problems, including compulsive gambling, eating disorders, self-harm, tobacco smoking, workaholism, excessive computer/video gaming and out of control shopping. In other words, it is a tool that can be utilised by concerned families for almost any destructive personal behaviour.

Family Interventions at the Hader Clinic – No Guilt and Shame

At The Hader Clinic, an intervention is facilitated by an experienced, skilled interventionist in a gentle and caring manner. Our interventionists blend the best elements of three evidence-based models of practice known as the ARISE model, the JOHNSON model, and the SYSTEMIC model.

In real terms, this means our team member employs a firm yet compassionate and non-adversarial style which raises the bottom for the addict and assists them to accept treatment as a solution. At the same time, our interventionists masterfully foster a level of collaboration between the family and the individual which has often not existed for years, if ever at all.

This is achieved through our skilled interventionist helping everyone stay focused on the very real hope for recovery that treatment brings. The emphasis is always on this and it is imperative to eliminate the crippling guilt and blame from the equation. This often what prevents both individual and families from seeking or accepting help. Admitting there is a problem is often hard for everyone.

The Hader Clinic intervention is as much a healing event for the group as it is the individual. The Hader Clinic will provide professional recommendations for everyone affected by the disease of addiction and will work to serve the group’s recovery needs.

How the Hader Clinic Intervention Services Work

The Hader Clinic team has developed a caring, proven approach to interventions that have a high recovery rate for individuals who work with us through the entire coaching process.

While every intervention is different, the following breakdown covers all the main events that make up this life-saving process.

  1. A concerned friend or family member calls a local treatment centre, talks to a medical professional or does a quick internet search to get some information for their friend or loved one. They either make contact with us directly or are referred by one of the doctors we work closely with or by a former client or family we have worked with.
  2. Our Hader Clinic Intervention Information Pack is then sent via email or fax. This document outlines the process. The friend or family member will then be contacted by our Certified Interventionist who is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will discuss their concerns and together they work to determine options and formulate the best course of action.
  3. Friends’ and family prepare for the intervention by reading some resources which provide vital information about how to achieve the goal of getting your loved one to accept help.
  4. Family and friends write letters of love and support to the person suffering. We find it extremely important for this to happen as any hint of anger or blame can prevent an intervention from working. Letters keep things clear and measured and make sure that people say what they want to without things getting too emotionally charged.
  5. The interventionist makes any necessary travel arrangements and determines the fee based on expenses and services provided. A frequent question during the initial stages is, “How much will an intervention cost?” The Hader Clinic does not charge for its services until an intervention is planned and this way we can give an accurate and fair assessment of the fee.
  6. The night before the intervention, the participants gather at the interventionist’s hotel, or another convenient location, for a 60-90 minute intervention rehearsal. The majority of this time is spent familiarizing the group with the process, what to expect and going over the participants’ letters.
  7. The following day, the interventionist facilitates the actual intervention and often escorts the individual to the treatment facility.
  8. The Hader Clinic’s clinical/medical teams liaise with the interventionalist (if they are employed outside of The Hader Clinic team) and monitor the individual’s progression through treatment. The family is offered support as needed.
  9. Often the interventionist will make treatment recommendations for the rest of the family. This can range from attending The Hader Clinic Family information nights to attending specialist family counselling sessions with one of the Hader therapist or someone we recommend.
  10. After completion of treatment, The Hader Clinic provides the interventionist (if they are employed outside of The Hader Clinic team) with a discharge summary. The Hader Clinic offers ongoing aftercare, monitoring and case management services to the family and the client.


“Non-judgemental support helped her immensely. The re-emergence of my real daughter was an extraordinary thing to see – the sunny and caring woman was back, the monster created by drugs was gone.”

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