One of the largest hurdles that people face when attempting to help someone with an addiction to alcohol is that they don’t realize or want to acknowledge they have a problem.
The typical abuser will deny their alcohol addiction and will often compare themselves to other abusers who seem more out of control then them self.
Additionally, it can be difficult to convince them of their addiction to alcohol because of the socially acceptable nature of alcohol. In these cases an intervention is usually most effective in helping them realize the hard truths about what they are doing.
An effective alcohol intervention requires the aid of a skilled counselor or interventionist. The family members, friends and other significant people in the addicts life should be present at the intervention as well.
The motivation and support that the counselor and peers can provide are often the push an addict needs to realize that they are in over their head and need help. However it is not always that simple, sometimes an addict will become angry and refuse help.
The idea of an intervention is not always that your are uncovering an addicts motivation to get well. It sometimes involves the skilled techniques of the counselor to help create that motivation where it may not have previously existed.
An intervention is often the starting point for an addict getting well, where they may not have sought treatment before. The end result of an alcohol intervention should always be to convince the addict to seek treatment immediately or as soon as possible.