(745 ILCS 35/2)
(from Ch. 70, par. 652)
Statement of public policy.
Alcoholism and drug addiction
are among the most serious health problems facing the people of the State
of Illinois. One prominent characteristic of alcoholism and drug
addiction is denial, which is the delusion of the alcoholic or drug addict that he
or she will be able to control the use of alcohol or drugs. Successful
treatment can be initiated only when the delusion self-control is shattered
and the alcoholic or drug addict admits the hopelessness of his or her condition.
The delusion of self-control can often be shattered, and successful
treatment initiated years earlier than might otherwise be possible, by the
use of the "intervention" process. This process involves confronting the
alcoholic or drug addict with specific instances of misconduct or abnormal
behavior caused by alcohol or drug use, as recited to the subject of the
intervention by fact reporters such as: family members, friends, co-workers,
employers or other concerned individuals who have first-hand knowledge of
such incidents, and who are acting under the guidance of a trained "intervenor".
It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois to
promote and encourage use of the intervention process to help initiate
successful treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction. The intent of this
Act is to further this goal by providing tort immunity to persons who
participate in such interventions.
(Source: P.A. 85-867.)