The individual with a drug or alcohol problem may require more pressure to address his or her addiction than is provided by a clinician or family. The abuse may be an integral part of the person's coping strategies. Despite having been undoubtedly warned about the further consequences of continued use, that person is denying and avoiding the reality that a serious problem exists. The "intervention"-a systematic strategy for confronting the addict with his or her addiction-draws together a social and familial network, forces the individual to address the problem, and then offers a concrete treatment plan as an alternative to continued drug and alcohol use.