Alcohol intervention is a starting point, not the end

When you find a loved one to be in danger of substance abuse, you want to get help for them as fast as possible and help them through what is sure to be an awful time in their life, as you are seeing the toll it takes on everyone around them as well. Having an alcohol intervention with the rest of the family and their most important friends or even a co-worker or boss is going to have a great impact on them and their plans for sobriety. And even if they didn’t have any plans for leading a sober and healthy life, they might after they see the trouble they are putting everyone through and the damage they are doing to not only their health but relationships they count on.

Main Goal of Alcohol Intervention

Most alcoholics start out with their drinks of choice, but have the tendency to try new and more dangerous things over time including drugs and possibly illegal activity such as stealing to contribute to their habits. You want to obviously have an alcohol intervention in this case, but also a drug intervention may be necessary to combat both of these illnesses. While they are very similar in behavior, these addictions cause very different mentalities and side effects that need to be taken in to consideration before a recovery and treatment plan is put in to action at a rehabilitation center, which is the main goal of an alcohol intervention – getting them in to a detoxification, rehabilitation, and recovery center for therapy and a head start on a healthy life.

Having an advocate that is a neutral party, but taking the side of obtaining counseling and sobriety treatment for your loved one is going to be essential to a successful and productive alcohol intervention. An addiction specialist is someone who is trained in the effects of substance abuse not only on the habituate, but also the friends and family, and has advice and can counsel everyone involved on how to seek effective help. They have contacts of where to go, who to see, and how to live a life that centers around love and health and can explain everything in a way that will make sense and seem like a productive option for everyone who wants to obtain treatment. Not only does the addict need help, but all of the people who have enabled him or her for as long as they have. The addict has become their addiction.

Family Intervention is Vital

Making the decision to have a family intervention to try and bring a loved one back from the brink of destruction is a good start. But it is not the end of the work. Being an addict is a life long struggle and can only be handled one day at a time. They need love and support, but to come home from therapy to a new and different family and household. If you rely upon the same ways of thinking and living, you cannot expect the person leaving treatment to not be the same too. An alcohol intervention is not the end of the problem, but it is a good starting point for the beginning of a productive and healthy life.

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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