Intervention services may be indicated
in cases where an individual experiences significant
life consequences as a result of his or her Internet
use (e.g., loss of job, family, opportunities, etc.), but
to pursue the behavior and deny the urgency of the problem.
Intervention is three stage process:
Assessment - This stage
typically lasts 5 - 7 days and includes (a) interviews
with family members,
close friends, colleagues, etc., (b) the development
of an intervention plan including the appropriate steps
ensure the intervention is successful, and (c) the development
of potential treatment options that will be posed to
Intervention - This is
a process of confrontation in which the individual is
urged to embark on an immediate course of treatment.
The intervention is designed to be loving and supportive,
but firm. The intervention may involve family, friends,
colleagues, therapists, and the interventionist. The
interventionist often accompanies the individual to a
residential or intensive treatment facility.
Case Management - The
interventionists assist in this stage by facilitating
admission to a residential
treatment facility or other form of treatment. The interventionist
also helps to develop treatment plans and manage intensive
and assists in follow-up and aftercare plans when the
intensive treatment is complete.