Early intervention is the lowest level of addiction treatment created for those who do not meet insurance criteria for higher levels of care such as rehab or outpatient care. Early intervention patients are typically younger at-risk users, such as a teen with their first DUI/DWI lacking sufficient medical documentation to officially diagnose them with a substance use disorder.
The traditional “intervention” seen in movies and TV shows is not a level of treatment, focusing more on the family than the addict. Interventions often are not covered by insurance for this reason. Although there are certified intervention specialists, anyone can perform an intervention making it an unqualified addiction treatment. An intervention is an educational process helping facilitate later treatment at either inpatient/outpatient.