At Family First Intervention, we use the SPARED Model of Intervention, developed by Mike Loverde, B.S, Founder of Family First Intervention, Inc. SPARED stands for Systemic Process of Accountability, Repair, Education, and Direction. A cognitive behavioral model of intervention, SPARED focuses on the mental process and behavior of the substance abuser and those who surround him or her in order to bring about long-term recovery. The model has been derived from successful experiences with thousands of interventions, as well as personal and professional experience. Just talking an addict or alcoholic into treatment does nothing for the loved one’s long-term sobriety. Unless the entire group changes, not only during the intervention but also thereafter, the likelihood of long-term sobriety is compromised.
Systemic – the system that surrounds substance abusers that enables them to continue their destructive lifestyle. If the family does not change along with the addict or alcoholic, then it is almost impossible to expect long-term sobriety.
Process – the procedure that brings out optimal long-term results for the family and the substance abuser.
Accountability – taking responsibility for behavior and shifting the accountability for the addiction and the ensuing problems back to the substance abuser. As long as the family is willing to own the addiction, the addict or alcoholic will have no problem to fix.
Repair – fixing the unhealthy family dynamics that exist as a result of the addiction. Addicts and the alcoholics break down the family system to make the addiction more comfortable for them at the expense of the family.
Education – understanding not only the underlying causes of addiction but also family roles. The education lasts not just for the intervention but long after your loved one enters treatment.
Direction – the guidance provided by a professional intervention specialist. The intervention counselor is there to handle the entire intervention, including the objections and denial of your loved one, should that arise during the intervention.
What differentiates the SPARED Model from other models is the Drug and Alcohol Intervention Specialist’s goal of achieving long-term success with the addiction problem, rather than simply attempting to guide the substance abuser into treatment with the hope that the treatment works.