Intervention is often a last resort for people who have tried everything else they can think of to help a loved one or business associate. While people often think of intervention as applicable only to people with drinking problems, any compulsive behavior that is self-destructive can be the focus of an intervention. This can include drinking, drug abuse, drug addiction, gambling, sex addiction, internet or computer addiction, and eating disorders. Intervention has even been used by families to convince elderly members of the necessity of assisted living.
An intervention is twofold. First, it's to try and get through to the addicted person, that there is indeed a serious problem, for which help is needed. Second, it's for the intervention team members to know that they have done everything humanly possible in offering assistance.