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What is an Intervention?

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An intervention is an action taken by family, friends, coworkers, or others who are exposed to the destructive behaviors of someone close to them that needs help. In short, an intervention stops the progression of a progressive illness.

When a professional interventionist facilitates the process, there is an 80% chance to succeed in getting the individual into treatment the day of the intervention.

Individuals in the grip of their alcoholism or addiction falsely perceive that they are still in control.

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What is an Intervention?

They have lost the ability to differentiate between what is true and what is false, and their perspective is not the reality experienced by you or others surrounding them. There is a heavy element of denial that protects the individual from having to look at their behavior or change how they are living. This is a delusion that is often results in hitting a very painful or even fatal bottom. This is where the intervention comes in.


Over half a century ago, a man named Vernon Johnson began implementing certain techniques to deal with those displaying the inability to control their use of drugs and alcohol. Eventually, alcoholism and addiction became recognized diseases by the American Medical Association. Johnson has since been renowned as one of the first to practice “interventions” and remains a pivotal figure in its history.


Families and friends constantly wonder if an intervention is necessary. There are still many social stigmas and convoluted beliefs surrounding addiction and alcoholism. One of the most common misconceptions is that any form of treatment is futile since recovery is rarely possible in the long run. The families and clients that we have had the honor of working with once thought this, too. They are now proof that recovery is possible! Please see our testimonials tab for compelling examples of recovery.

There are millions of people around the world who have recovered from their hopeless states of mind and body. A large percentage of them started their journey into recovery by being the recipient of an intervention. This is an often a critical step due to incredible amounts of denial and reluctance resulting from the disease. Need proof? How many reasons can you think of off the top of your head why your loved one should quit right now? How many times have you made these reasons clear to the individual, only to be talked down or ignored completely? This denial and fierce resistance is a massive component of the disease your loved one is struggling with on a daily basis.

Why Intervene?

An intervention is rarely considered before a considerable number of consequences have accumulated for the individual struggling with addiction or alcoholism. In fact, it is usually baffling to family and friends that an intervention would even be necessary since the negative consequences are so evident.

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Why Intervene?

Why would an intervention even be required to illuminate the obvious?

How could anyone not see what their actions are doing to them and others? How can they not see the wreckage and what their problem is costing them?

Unfortunately, this is a major element of addiction and alcoholism. Often, this heavy denial becomes frustrating to those who see this progression on a regular basis. Slowly you watch the person you care for disappear. They are consumed by the obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions of their illness. The disease of a loved one causes the most pain to the ones who are the closest, but often it’s the ones who are closest who present one last option for recovery.

An intervention is a chance to stop the daily fight against alcoholism and addiction, and take it on once and for all with the unwavering support of a professional interventionist who understands. A licensed interventionist can guide the family to create a loving and supportive family meeting that will finally yield results. There is a proven method that we have developed to redirect your efforts in a meaningful way ending your frustration and often times years of pain and heartache. There is an answer…Guardian Interventions.


Conducting an intervention is an extremely delicate matter. There are so many things that can go wrong- almost all of which are things that can be avoided. The person suffering from alcoholism, addiction, or compulsion is experiencing a progressively worsening mental state as things become harder and harder to control. They invariably feel like the world is against them and that no one understands what they are going through; that there is no one to trust. An addict at the end of their ropes is one of the most difficult people to help.

This makes the services of a professional Guardian interventionist so invaluable. There are three major tasks that our interventionist will take on so that your family and support network can be as effective as possible:

1) EDUCATE:The world of addictive/compulsive behavior can be dreadfully difficult to navigate without the help of an expert who knows what they are doing. An opportunity at getting your loved one into treatment is not a certainty. One chance may be all you get.

The family and support group of the loved one being intervened on is one of the most crucial pieces of the life of recovery that we hope to construct. Education on how to proceed through the intervention, but also on how to move forward and be ready for when the addict has been through treatment and comes back, is a job taken very seriously by the professionals at Guardian Interventions. Without a family getting healthy, one person trying to become healthy is exponentially more difficult.

2) INTERVENE: Understanding the mind and lifestyle of someone in the grips of their addiction or compulsion is like trying to speak a new language. The interventionist is like a translator. They come in and show the family that the addict is just someone trying to get by day in and day out while living with a progressive illness. The interventionist will also show the addict that their family and friends love them, and that their old way of life is ending. They can either accept the help and support that is being offered, or the support network will be forced to change their interactions with the individual.

3) FACILITATE: The immediate goal is to get the addict the level of treatment they need. At Guardian Interventions, we are experienced at finding the right level of care for the patient and seamlessly delivering the patient to that care in the small window where they are willing to accept help. This may be the only chance you have to stop the vicious cycle that you have watched your loved one going through. Let Guardian Interventions do for you what we have done for hundreds of other families and deliver a successful intervention using the trusted partners and resources at our disposal.


Addiction and compulsive behaviors are often characterized as a family disease. The actions of your family member have not just affected themselves, but may have gotten the whole family entangled in a web of lying, enabling, covering up, and detachment. These dynamics are commonplace but are not the right setting for the necessary changes to take place.

This is why Guardian Interventions comes in before the intervention to teach the family and support group about what has been happening in their lives. Often what feels like helping is actually hurting, and what feels like keeping an alcoholic or addict happy is actually keeping them sick. The family needs to learn about the behaviors they are dealing with, learn the part they may have played in the illness of their loved one, and learn what their new roles will look like if they are going to be a part of their loved ones recovery. This education will give everyone a chance to recover.

During the intervention, family and friends will have a very important role. They are there to present a unified front against the disease and a unified front of love for the person whom has been living with the disease. Describing what they have seen, how they have been affected, and what they are no longer willing to tolerate, the family will show that they are serious about helping. No matter what the outcome of the intervention, the addict may understand for the first time that the family will no longer aid their self-destruction.

We have had the privilege of working with hundreds of families and many different scenarios. Guardian Interventions can be the calm and steadying voice of reason in your chaotic situation. The people we have helped all say the same thing: Thank you for helping us finally change!


We at Guardian Interventions believe that the goal has to be wide-spread recovery of the family unit and support group. Everyone’s quality of life needs to improve so that they can experience the positive change that accompanies their efforts.

An intervention not only makes a new way of life possible for the addict, but also for everyone around the addict who became a victim of their destructive behaviors. The goal of an intervention is not just to remove the addict or alcoholic and get them help. This will not be enough for long-term recovery. It is to create an environment where the loved one can continue healing when they come home.

The goal that Guardian Interventions has for every case we work with is to help the addict and their families recover long term. A week long stint in rehab or a month of abstinence is not a change at all, and our services are not needed to invoke those changes.

Our aim is to get the suffering loved one the appropriate level of care specifically suited to their special needs. There is a small window of opportunity to interrupt the progressive illness that they have been living in. Guardian Intervention works with only the top treatment centers around the country to insure that once we have done our job and delivered your loved one, the process of recovery will continue without missing a beat. We cherish the relationships that we have established with these facilities and are often awed by the miracles they are able to work once our clients have arrived. The goal is not to finish an intervention but to begin your loved one’s path to a healthy and happy recovery.

Finally, Guardian Interventions starts every case with the goal of long term recovery that we want to be a part of it. Whether it is simply through being a support mechanism and a resource for the family we have worked with, or by delivering extended care, Guardian Interventions is dedicated to providing as much assistance as necessary so that recovery can flourish.

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Why Guardian Interventions?

Guardian Interventions stands out in the field as a service provider that goes above and beyond in every step of the intervention process. Lead interventionist, Joshua Scott has years of experience in guiding individuals to the treatment that they so desperately need and giving critical support to the family before, during and after. With a mix of compassion and experience, Josh brings an infectious energy and healing enthusiasm into every intervention. With an outstanding supporting team that dedicates their full effort to every call, Guardian takes pride in a rate of treatment entry over 98%. Guardian Interventions considers every phone call as an invitation to join the family that is hurting and help them heal from the inside out. Our mission is to treat our clients like family from beginning to end and use our unique blend of assets to bring one more family back together.  | About Joshua P. Scott   Call today…

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