Intervention Statistics

Current intervention statistics show that close to 90 percent of all interventions for alcohol and drug addictions succeed at the end of the meeting – but only if the process is being led by a professional interventionist (experts who are specialized in interventions).

Other studies have also reported that it is much easier to get alcoholics and drug addicts to accept professional rehabilitation and treatment services than getting families to allow these professionals to guide them through the process – even with the knowledge that it is delicate and complicated.

On the other hand, surveys conducted by the government among parents with children struggling with several substance use disorders showed that approximately 90 percent of both fathers and mothers said that they thought that they were to blame for the addiction problem.

Read on to learn more about other intervention statistics in the United States:

Understanding Interventions

Intervention refers to the process of getting someone with an addiction to realize that they have a problem that they cannot overcome unless they check into a rehab center for ongoing treatment.

Through this process, families and friends of the addict gather together to confront them for the actions and behavior that they have been engaging in because of being under the influence of intoxicating and mind-altering substances.

Although intervention statistics show that these processes are usually effective, others paint a completely different picture. For instance, intervention firms across the country have reported that more than 50 percent of all alcoholics and addicts that have been through an intervention over the last 10 years are still in complete denial that they are not addicted.

Other figures reported that having professional interventionists leading these processes tends to greatly increase the chances that the substance user will agree to check into a treatment and rehabilitation treatment once the meeting has come to a conclusion.

Different studies show that a relatively small percentage of these interventions tend to fail when one or more of the family members or friends present at the meeting gets intimated when the addict reacts in an emotionally charged way. For these interventions to succeed, the studies report that it is essential that the group gets an expert interventionist to guide the meeting and lead the entire process.

This is because the process of these professionals means that the addict may be compelled to behave in a proper way and prevent themselves from reacting emotionally to the confrontation and the truth that is presented to them.

The interventionist would also have the right training on the steps that they need to be able to fully take control of the proceedings and bring them back on track. By so doing, they can effectively work hand in hand with the family members and friends present at the intervention to get the addict to feel the need to seek treatment and rehabilitation for their condition.

Statistics on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Interventions

In the following section, you will find figures derived from some of the most recent of all intervention statistics in the United States. These statistics show that:

  • 50 percent of all the car accidents that occur in the United States are due to people driving while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, or even both; a great percent of these DUI/DWI (driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated) are linked to teenagers and adolescents who drank alcohol or used drugs before getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle
  • Brief interventions are the latest trend in interventions for people struggling with an alcohol use disorder; these interventions are aimed at helping alcoholics either drink less or stop drinking altogether; they are also led by professionals that the alcoholic might already have developed a trusting relationship with – such as medical professionals and family doctors
  • More than 40 percent of the entire adult population of the United States reported that they had at least 1 addict in the immediate family; this figure translates to more than 75 million people in the country
  • More than 6.5 million minors 17 years and younger live in households where 1 or both parents are struggling with a substance use disorder
  • More than 90 percent of all interventions that are hosted by professional interventionists – especially when these experts are highly trained and experienced – are likely to succeed in getting the addict to seek treatment immediately after the meeting
  • Only about 1 out of every 10 families that consider getting a professional intervention specialist will follow through with the intervention; those who do not get down to the actual meeting give different reasons; some say that they will talk the addict into quitting, that the addict might run away if an interventionist is called in, or that the addict will not be engaged in the intervention if the professional is present, among many others
  • Only about 7 percent of all families with a substance user will agree to move the process forward by allowing professional intervention specialists to take over and conduct the process; this is even though they might realize that the addict is a master manipulator and that they might not be able to control them enough so that they agree to seek rehabilitation services for their condition
  • Over 24 million Americans aged 12 years and older abuse intoxicating substances, including alcohol, prescription medications, and illicit drugs; this number translates to close to 20 percent of all people in the country
  • Over 3 million teens aged between 14 and 17 years old living in the United States report struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction problem

As you can see from these intervention statistics, there are some key points that you need to remember if your process is to be successful. For instance, the presence of a professional interventionist is highly likely to ensure that the addict in your family or close social circle eventually agrees to seek treatment at the end of the meeting. Going by the figures, therefore, one of the best tricks to ensuring that an intervention works is getting as much help as you can – both from other friends and members of your family as well as from a trained and experienced (and preferably accredited/licensed) expert who is specialized in getting addicts to accept they have a problem and agree to check into a rehab facility.