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Some of the steps in an intervention:

- Meet with everyone who wants to be involved in the intervention, except the person with the problem. Discover the collective concerns.

- Seek the assistance of a therapist with experience in interventions and have a group meeting prior to the eventintervention.

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- Practise the intervention under supervision, to train participants to react effectively and to stay calm.

- Prepare a list of damage done by the subject, goals of the intervention, and ultimatums the group is willing to make.

- Perform the intervention in a private setting, with all members of the group present. One aim is to start treatment immediately, not to give food for thought.

- Remember to consult with specialists before even trying to perform an intervention. Every situation is different.

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Preet Banerjee is a consultant to the financial services industry. You can follow him on twitter at  @PreetBanerjee. You can find his conflict of interest disclosure on his website. More

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