Some of the obstacles of a successful intervention involve denial and victimhood, in which a professionally trained interventionist overcomes. When families in Wisconsin are searching for intervention resources, they should consider hiring a professional. Most drug and alcohol treatment programs in the state, whether private or state-funded, know of local intervention groups or nation-wide organizations. Most intervention groups operate across the country, meaning they travel to every state performing interventions. The success of an intervention depends on the organization, planning, and whether or not the family follows through with the pre-determined consequences. These are the actions taken by the family if the drug-addicted person does not decide to choose treatment.
Across the state of Wisconsin are many families struggling with addiction or have a loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol. Per the 2017 Wisconsin Mental Health and Substance Use Needs Assessment, alcohol and drug misuse are significant health, social, public safety, and economic problems. Each year within the state, there are 2,170 deaths and 5000 traffic crashes due to drugs or alcohol. Additionally, there are 2,900 traffic injuries, 1,500 cases of child abuse, and 93,000 arrests because of drugs and alcohol. The economic impact in the state totals over $6.8 billion every year. Approximately 60% of the prison population has a substance use problem. Moreover, roughly 30% of offenders booked into Wisconsin jails are addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Professional intervention saves lives, and early intervention is successful. There is a common misconception that the addict must hit rock bottom, and this is not true. The longer that the person is allowed to abuse drugs or alcohol, the worse the drug problem becomes. When an intervention is done early, there is a better chance the drug-addicted person is more willing to accept substance abuse treatment. However, this is not always the case, which is why professional intervention is there to help.