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An intervention is essentially an “interruption” to promote a reframing of the current situation. An intervention is a structured process that breaks the cycle of dysfunction, typically used to interrupt dynamics associated to the disease of addiction, though responsive toward other relevant maladaptive behaviors, paraphilic disorders, and other compulsive behaviors. (Maladaptive behaviors can range from substance use disorders, paraphilic disorders, and other compulsive behaviors.) The intervention aims to guide the resistant “identified patient(s)” to identify self-destructive behaviors, and how those behaviors impact themselves, family, coworkers, and friends. The ultimate goal of this process is to guide the individual(s) towards treatment.

(see interventionist)