Intervention FAQs


Those of you who think it may be time to have an intervention with your teen probably have quite a few questions. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for this reason.

How do I know when it’s time to have an intervention?

Is your teen participating in a lot of destructive and secretive behavior? Do you feel a major disconnect every time you try to communicate with your teen? Is your teen having problems at school? Has he or she been trying to borrow money from you a lot? How is his or her physical appearance? Does he or she look tired? If your teen meets at least three of these qualifications, it may be time to do an intervention.

How do I get my teen to listen to me?

It may seem extremely difficult to get your teen to listen to you during an intervention. This is why it’s important to ask for help. You need to have a number of close family members and friends present along with an intervention specialist and an adult figure in his or her life such as a teacher, a counselor, a doctor, or a coach.

Do I need to have a plan and rehearse it?

Yes. It’s important to come up with a well-formed plan, and it’s important to rehearse everything that needs to be said with those who will be participating in the intervention. If you start to show signs of weakness, the intervention may get away from you,

What is the best way to make an intervention effective?

The best way to have an effective intervention is to have a clear goal before hand. Do you want your teen to go to a rehab program? Do you want your teen to start attending 12-step groups? It’s important to have a defined ideal outcome before you go into it. It’s also important to be prepared for anything. An intervention can be unpredictable. You never know what will happen.