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Tell me about interventionism

In the run-up to the election, I keep seeing debates about whether various candidates (ok, specifically Clinton) are too interventionist. I would like to read more about the subject of interventionism by America, and the various arguments for and against it. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 28, 2016 - 12 answers

Interstate Intervention?

The shit has hit the fan. The plane has crashed into the mountain. My out-of-town sister needs help for her drinking, depression and anxiety above and beyond what her loved ones or twice-a-week therapy can provide. Since interventions don't work, how do I get her the help she needs? [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 on Nov 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Interventions and helping my best friend

My best friend, who historically suffers from depression, is spiraling out of control. We live together. We just moved out to Portland together. I need advice on interventions - I think he needs to see a psychologist, (or a psychiatrist?) but I have no idea how to tell him that. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Mar 15, 2015 - 19 answers

The Game of Life

Trying to identify this elaborate custom-tailored performance art/ARG project I read about, possibly on MetaFilter, circa 2007-2010. Basically: you apply for the chance to have this group go to your hometown and stage an elaborate theatrical experience personalized to you, starring all your friends and family, for the purposes of creating a powerful emotional experience. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Alcoholism in the workplace - spousal intervention

My spouse is an alcoholic who is at best partially compliant with medication and treatment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2014 - 24 answers

Help! A friend in trouble.

I’m asking on behalf of a friend, who for the purposes of this question I'll call ‘Ted’. A good friend of his ‘Pete’ has taken a turn for the worse. Ted saw Pete for the first time in several months, and he’s a mess. Ted is seriously worried for Pete’s well being, he’s falling into a cycle of partying and drug use, and seems to be falling apart. Drugs, Physical and Mental Health issues abound, Ted wants to know how to help Pete before things get really bad. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 13, 2014 - 8 answers

How do you do an intervention for depression and/or hoarding?

My sister recently did something completely out of character - she failed to pay taxes on a family property which led to it being sold at auction. She never told anyone about this, she lied for at least two years, and it affected everyone in the family. I think this is a cry for help. I know I could reach out to her and ask but I think she needs something more dramatic to make her realize that she has hurt a lot of people (including herself) with her behavior and actions. I think an intervention is appropriate but I don't know the best way to do it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Examples of neighboring countries' involvement in domestic conflicts

I'm looking for historical cases in which a neighboring country has intervened militarily in a domestic conflict to support one side, ostensibly at its invitation. [more inside]
posted by hat_eater on Mar 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Non-anti-communist Cold War books

I'm looking for int'l relations and/or history books about the Cold War which don't depict the Communist world as a highly organised, monolithic organisation intentionally seeking world domination and which discuss the failures of American intervention/rollback/containment/etc. (I am not looking for propaganda from the other side; scholarly works would be best.) Thanks in advance ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Don't want to send my kid sister to jail...

My sister told me about some pretty disturbing and illegal things that she is doing. She clearly needs some kind of help or intervention, but I have no idea how to go about doing that without putting her in jail. I feel totally lost and conflicted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 44 answers

Friend B likes friend A's girlfriend. What to do (if anything)?

I am a man. I have a good male friend, call him friend A. He has a girlfriend. He is head over heels. They live together and seem very happy. I have another male friend, friend B. He is single, and prone to quite dramatic behavior. While friend A was away from NY on business, I threw a party where friend B met the girl. They got on very well, and he later admitted he'd developed a big crush on her (unreciprocated, to my knowledge). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 - 48 answers

How to stage a Privilege Intervention

I have a friend who has a long history of saying hurtful things based on stereotypes to his friends. I want to gather his friends and stage an intervention. How to go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Has anyone done an intervention on a friend?

And if so, please tell me how you did it? What the situation was? And what kind of resources did you use?
posted by Unred on Jan 28, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I help a friend not make a huge mistake and give away all her inheritance to a cult?

Best friend brainwashed to join a cult overseas. She’s coming back for two weeks. How can I help her not make a huge mistake and give away all her inheritance? [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka on Oct 26, 2012 - 13 answers

So peacekeeping...has that ever actually worked?

Assuming that some sort of UN/NATO/developed world interference can and will be undertaken, and without arguing over the propriety of doing so: Looking for examples of and sources on successful humanitarian interventions or peacekeeping operations. Not necessarily the whole operation, either, even one element that's been particularly successful (or where there's consensus on how or why something went terribly wrong). [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Jun 8, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I help my daughter and deal with her friends?

How do I help my college-aged daughter? I think she drinks too much and her friends are a contributing factor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 47 answers

What Would Metafilter Do?

I think that a new(ish) friend of mine might be involved with a pseudo-cult. Should I express my concern or just bite my tongue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for a drug addict support organization besides NA

Please suggest support groups for recovering drug addicts besides Narcotics Anonymous (NA). [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Apr 29, 2011 - 14 answers

geeezus please do your job!

How do I address my manager about the obvious not work related tasks she doing all day? All of us see it and it's completely disrespectful and frustrating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 - 33 answers

My Nigerian brother-in-law can't hack it in Germany. How do I help him?

I live in Germany, and my German girlfriend's brother-in-law is originally from Nigeria. He is having trouble integrating. He's lived in the country (on and off) for 10 years, but continues to struggle with the language. To make matters worse, cultural differences are getting in the way of him establishing himself. What can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by rhombus on Sep 30, 2010 - 12 answers

Am I Crazy?

A close friend gave me what amounts to a psychiatric intervention. How seriously should I take this and how should it impact our friendship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2010 - 34 answers

exposing a rehab scam

My friend's family is being scammed by interventionists. On the one hand, he's a drunk. On the other hand, they are using bait and switch tactics to drain his family dry trying to "cure" him. I think they need to be exposed. [more inside]
posted by Jimmy Havok on Jun 18, 2010 - 8 answers

How to help someone who is showing signs of psychosis?

My best friend appears to be sliding into psychosis. Who and how should I approach in order to help him out? I know IANAD and YANAD - but I need less info on diagnosis and more info/personal experiences/stories about reaching out to someone who has a undiagnosed mental illness in order to help them. [more inside]
posted by operaposthuma on Mar 10, 2010 - 29 answers

Los Angeles area rehab centers that accept Medicare

I'm looking for reputable alcohol rehab programs in the Los Angeles area that accept Medicare, for someone who may need to a program as long as 60 or 90 days. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 - 3 answers

A mental health/academic support quandary

I have some information which may be critical to my friend's future/safety, but I obtained it in a somewhat dubious way. I'd just like to hear your thoughts on the position I'm in. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2009 - 21 answers

How can I get my sister help for her addiction/depression?

My sister has an alcohol and/or prescription and/or depression problem. What can I do to help her, and in what order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me help my bulimic friend

Were you ever bulimic? Can you pin down a key thought or statement which helped you? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Sep 4, 2009 - 10 answers

How to recover from a relapse

As an addict, have you dealt with a hidden relapse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Smells like teen spirit

Has my camera been hitting the bong? [more inside]
posted by Abbril on Feb 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Adult babysitting in paradise? I'd rather not.

What can my mom do about a self-destructive friend of a friend in vacation-land? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Non-Spontaneous Human Combustion: How Do We Stop It From Happening to Mom?

The short version: mom's morphed into a reclusive, depressive, heavily-medicated, quasi-narcoleptic shell of a woman. She's given up on life and herself. More disturbingly, she's burned holes in hundreds of household items (carpets, floors, computer keyboards) after falling asleep while smoking. It's a recipe for tragedy(s) - fires, skull fractures, etc. We want a better life for her (or hell, any life at all, given the fire hazards). What can we do? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 8, 2009 - 24 answers


I live in Chicago and need to help a friend get into a drug rehab program. I have no idea where to start. Please help! [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Dec 12, 2008 - 12 answers

Financial crisis: Government intervention or free-market-pain?

Current_financial _crisisFilter: Where can I read the single best arguments for government intervention to rescue the financial markets and economy, and the single best argument for zero/minimal government intervention in this current financial crisis? (Looking for links to articles, blog posts, etc -- not opinions -- from MeFites...)
posted by chefscotticus on Sep 30, 2008 - 6 answers

The Cure of a Fear of Abandonment - Resources?

Abandonment - What is the Cure? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Aug 13, 2008 - 7 answers

I'm curious. C-U-R-I-O-U-S.

Why do they make the subjects of A&E's Intervention spell their name out loud? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jul 18, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I stop my brother's drug habits?

How can I confront my brother on his (illegal) drug habits in a way that will make him actually change them; and not just hide his habits from me/lose his trust in me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2008 - 19 answers

Need help with critical family situation

A family very close to me is having an incredible crisis. Because of my relationship with them, I have to participate and help if possible. It starts with a 40 marriage gone horribly awry. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Feb 13, 2008 - 14 answers

CPS and/or Intervention. Need advice.

I think they just need to grow up, but do family members need an intervention and/or CPS called on them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2008 - 14 answers

What are the legal ramifications for the crew members of A&E's Intervention?

What are the legal ramifications for the crew members (camerapeople, producers, etc.) of a show like Intervention when the "stars" do illegal things? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jan 22, 2008 - 16 answers

How to get a friend out of a cult

I have a friend who has gotten involved in Avatar, and I want to disengage her from it. She first got involved about 9 months ago; at the time, I knew nothing about Avatar but was instantly suspicious. The more I've learned, the less I like it. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I tell my wife she's fat?

How do I tell my wife she's fat? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2007 - 64 answers

Help this tenant evict a bum house-mate.

For the past ~3-4 years, I've been a caretaker for a seventy-seven-year-old (hellishly irritable) diabetic and his invalid wife. Despite some friction when I first arrived, I've grown to love them - especially the old man - almost as much as if they were my own parents. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on Jun 9, 2006 - 18 answers

How do I help a delusional/pathologically lying friend?

Should we confront a good friend who is either completely delusional or a pathological liar? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Apr 15, 2006 - 27 answers

Helping a friend with bipolar disorder

I think my ex-boyfriend may be bipolar. He refuses to admit that, or seek help. His mother and I are both worried, and both want to help, but we don't know what to do. Does anyone have any experience convincing someone to seek help? [more inside]
posted by occhiblu on Mar 30, 2005 - 29 answers

Friend with Drug Addiction?

I think one of my close friends has developed a serious drug addiction. They used to be an active, hard-working, happy person, but in the last couple of months they are reluctant to socialize, ended all outside commitments, are barely sleeping, have seriously neglected their hygiene, and I just found out they have stolen thousands of dollars from their work, at which they are well paid, in the last month. I thought it was 'just' depression, but the money seems to point to something worse and there is a history of casually using hard drugs. They don't seem to want help, so will it do any good if I try? Does anyone have any experience with interventions, or is that just something people do on television?
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2004 - 12 answers

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