Alcohol Intervention – Steps for Planning the Process

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If you’re in the midst of planning a drug or alcohol intervention, you’re going to need all the help you can get. Whether the individual in question is a family member, friend, partner or spouse, taking the time to strategize your actions is key in helping your loved one obtain the help they need and deserve. In the guide below, we will offer up a few helpful tips to help you through the planning process.

Step 1 – Once you’ve asserted that an intervention is the best course of action, the first step is reaching out to us to determine the appropriate intervention program. Studies have shown that the majority of interventions performed with the aid of a trained professional result in higher success rates. 

Step 2 –  If at all possible, try to base your intervention around a recent occurance in your loved one’s life. This event could be anything from a family fight to legal troubles. Studies show that following these types of events, individuals are much more likely to open themselves to exterior help.

Step 3 – In an ideal world having them sober for the intervention would make things easier, but don’t be discouraged if they are not. Having one of our trained professional interventionist present for the process is vital for the simple reason they will know how to approach the individual is who inebriated. 

Step 4 – Do your best to stay calm, collected and patient. In some cases, the subject may choose to argue, yell, cry and deny complaints that are thrown their way during the meeting. Take deep breaths and remain composed, allowing our intervention specialist to do their job. Intervention participants who contribute to a hostile environment only distract the subject from the real topic at hand. By keeping your negative emotions in check, you will be doing your part to move the process toward a positive resolution.

Step 5 – Be ready. Once your loved one has agreed to treatment, get them moving. The faster you can get the individual to treatment, the less risk there is for reconsideration and second thoughts. Transport your loved one to their home, help them pack their bags and get them on the road as quickly as possible.

Keep in mind that though you may experience some initial resentment, it’s important to remain positive and loving throughout the experience. By showing your support and commitment to the process, your loved one will be able to start their recovery with us with a confident and optimistic viewpoint.

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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