Do interventions really work?

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Do interventions really work?

June 5, 2018

Men's Health interviews mental health experts, including Dr. Andrew Saxon, professor of psychiatry at UW School of Medicine

The idea behind an intervention isn’t to bully someone with a drug or alcohol problem into reforming, says Saxon in Men's Health. It’s a methodically planned-out meeting that's usually arranged as a surprise due to the concern that if you tell the person in advance, they won’t show up....

When it comes to organizing an intervention, it’s best to get professional help from an interventionist, says Saxon, who personally does not practice interventions. “It’s good to have a neutral party,” he says. A professional can also help you pre-arrange treatment, so if the person agrees to get help, you have experts ready to work with him.