Addiction Intervention “Do’s”

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Families do not have to sit by and watch a loved one hit bottom or want help.  By staging a family intervention a family is able to change the situation and help bring their loved one to a point of accepting help by raising their bottom.   When a professional intervention specialist is brought in, they are able to educate families on the right way to do things.  It is never a good idea to stage a family intervention on your own. Even with the best of intentions, working with an intervention professional ensures no stone is left unturned and that the family truly understands that they did everything they could. Our interventionist job is not to just talk your loved one into treatment.  It is up to the family to follow instructions on how to make their loved one willing by changing behaviors that have allowed things to get to this point.  During the drug and alcohol intervention your interventionist will show the family how their loved one has created an unhealthy system over time that has made their addiction as easy as possible at the expense of the family.  An intervention “don’t” is doing this on your own because it will be nothing more than just the same thing and that is just talking to them.  The intervention “do’s” is allowing someone to show you how to fix the situation to ensure the best chance of a positive outcome.

Professional Interventionist

It may be difficult for some family members, but intervention participants should try and remain as supportive and less angry as possible throughout the entire intervention. An intervention is not the appropriate time to become enraged or pass judgment on the addict. Again, having trained, professional interventionists mediate the gathering of loved ones will ensure that everyone stays focused and on track– getting a positive, hopeful message through to the addict that is essential for a positive outcome.

Family Involvement

It is no surprise that at the time of the intervention there are pent-up frustrations and strong emotions when it comes to the addict in your life. Everyone present will have a chance to say what is required either verbally or through their letter at the intervention when appropriate. Getting mad can only lead to intimidation and defensiveness from your loved one at the intervention. Although getting mad is allowed, it is best to let the interventionist engage and mediate when that time is best.  Interventions confront problems, not people.

Addiction & Family Education 

It is the very nature of drug addiction to create denial in the addict. Breaking through this wall of addiction without a professional isn’t easy. Whether this is the first time you’ve considered intervention, or another attempt to save the life of someone you love, the interventionists at Family First Intervention can offer a fresh approach, along with the support and knowledge required to help your family overcome their addiction.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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