An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of traumatic event or crisis, or other serious problem. The term intervention is most often used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs or other items. Intervention can also refer to the act of using a technique within a therapy session.
Interventions have been used to address serious personal problems, including, but not limited to, alcoholism, compulsive gambling, drug abuse, compulsive eating and other eating disorders, self-mutilation, tobacco smoking, “workaholism”, and various types of poor personal health care. Interventions have also been conducted due to personal habits not as frequently considered seriously harmful, such as video game addiction, excessive computer use and excessive television viewing.
Offender Based Intervention (OBI)
OBI is designed to divert alcohol and drug offenders with potential for rehabilitation from the criminal justice system by offering treatment in lieu of judicial penalties. The program is particularly effective for youthful offenders first offenders, and others whose offenses are clearly related to alcohol and other drugs.
School Intervention Program
The Family Counseling and Addiction Center offers a wide range of outpatient programs that deal with the behavioral, family, and social problems of adolescents and children as well as programs for juveniles who are abusing alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
The School Intervention Program (ScIP) is an excellent intervention for many troubled children. A cooperative venture with Florence County schools, ScIP is designed to identify and serve high-risk students involved in alcohol and drug-related misconduct. ScIP is used as an alternative to suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary actions. The program teaches students new ways of coping with their problems while remaining in school. Students in grades 7 through 12 participate in the program, which includes individualized assessment and counseling, group counseling and family counseling.