An intervention is an active effort, typically involving a coordinated and planned approach, to address a particular problem or issue. In the context of health and social services, an intervention can refer to a specific program, treatment, or service designed to address a specific health or social problem, such as substance use disorder or addiction.
Interventions can be developed and implemented by a range of organizations and stakeholders, including healthcare providers, community organizations, government agencies, and advocacy groups. Interventions may take many forms, including individual or group therapies, pharmacologic treatments, case management, support services, or community-based programs. The intervention aims to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities by addressing specific health or social problems and promoting positive change by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.
Evidence-based interventions, which have been shown to be effective through research, are often prioritized in addiction treatment and other health and social services contexts.