Addiction Intervention Types and Process

Here at Design for Change Recovery, we offer two different types of addiction interventions for Lancaster clients. The first is a helpline intervention, where an interventionist speaks with the substance abuser over the phone. The second one is a face-to-face intervention, where a group of family and friends gather with the interventionist and the addict to confront the substance abuser in a caring way.


Sometimes substance abuse is paired with other addiction disorders like


  • Sex
  • Gambling
  • Internet addiction
  • Mental health disorders
  • Depression
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Anxiety


A combination of maladies is not uncommon.


Helpline Interventionist

The first of our drug and alcohol intervention programs in Lancaster, California involves a helpline interventionist who talks to the person struggling with addiction over the phone.


This option is great when a person knows they need treatment, wants to receive treatment, but is hesitating to set a date to check him/herself in.


The helpline interventionist takes time to speak with the client, and motivate him or her to set a date for treatment. Sometimes it takes someone outside the family to open a person’s eyes, and realize he/she needs to stop procrastinating, and get help.


The addict may make excuses for not setting a treatment date like, waiting until after a birthday, after a particular holiday, etc. These are excuses for “getting high” days, where the substance abuser wants to keep drinking or drugging before treatment.


Procrastinating for treatment can lead to many unwanted consequences. For instance, health consequences can pile up with continued drinking or drug use.


  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Impaired Judgment
  • Unconsciousness
  • Blackouts
  • Coma
  • Injuries
  • Alcohol Poisoning
  • Permanent Brain Damage


Relationship Consequences

  • Family Discord
  • Marriage Problems
  • Difficulty Caring For Children
  • Occupational Problems (boss, possible loss of job)


Legal Consequences

  • DUI
  • Arrest
  • Unintentional injuries (car crash, burns)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Various Legal Fines


Getting a person who needs treatment in as soon as possible will cut down on possible negative consequences, and set him/her on the right path to recovery. The sooner substance abusers get help, the sooner they can start living a healthy, happy, sober life.


Addiction gets worse over time, so getting help as quickly as possible is imperative. Pushing back dates, and making excuses only makes things more difficult for the addict as well as his/her family.


Face-To-Face Family Care Consultant

If you need additional assistance, another option is utilizing our in-person alcohol or drug intervention in Lancaster. An intervention is a meticulously planned process where friends, family, and anyone who cares about a person struggling with addiction gather to confront the addict in a loving fashion. The person struggling with addiction is invited to seek treatment and freedom from the bonds of substances.


When a person is more resistant to treatment, Design for Change Recovery will send a professional, certified interventionist to help a family in need.


A combination of family members, and friends is called together in a home or other safe setting to form a plan of getting the substance abuser help.


Addiction is a hard topic to tackle alone, so teaming up with a professional interventionist can be a good idea. An interventionist will offer structure, so people will not veer off course.


There is always a lot of emotional baggage and history when dealing with family members. An interventionist will make sure the benevolent encounter stays focused on the family’s goal: getting help for a loved one who’s struggling with addiction.


Our family care consultants have conducted thousands of interventions, and are highly qualified. Each of our four interventionists have their own unique style of intervention, so when one is needed, we will evaluate your situation, and pair you with an interventionist who will blend the best with your needs.