Alcohol Intervention Success Tips

If you have made the decision to move forward with an alcohol intervention, you may find yourself feeling anxious, angry, scared and stressed. Confronting a loved on with a dependency issue is not only frightening, but down-right uncomfortable, involving a serious amount of effort, planning and investment. But if you’re serious about obtaining help for your friend or family member, it’s a process that must be administered with care. In this article, we will walk you through a few tried and true tips and tricks to help make your addiction intervention a raging success with us.

Put yourself in an addict’s shoes. By nature, an alcohol or drug intervention is designed to catch the addict by surprise. Consider what it must be like to have an issue with alcohol consumption and how it would make you feel to walk into a room of people that you presume are trying to send you away. Though not all addicts will response in a harsh or aggressive manner, it will behoove you to approach your intervention in such a mindset.

To begin, you’ll want to find yourself a qualified intervention specialist who has experience dealing with alcohol abuse patients. What do you know, you’ve come to the right place! Our intervention specialists will be able to help you through the planning process while acting as a moderator and guide during the actual intervention.

Next, we will look into potential treatment programs to consider in case of a successful outcome. Alcohol treatment programs exist in most every area of the U.S. We will find a facility that specializes in alcohol abuse and find out whether they specialize in any additional areas.

Once we have the ducks in a row, the next step is planning a pre-intervention. A pre-intervention is a meeting that includes all participating members of the intervention party, save the individual whom the intervention is for. In this meeting your intervention specialist will walk each member of the party through what to expect during the actual intervention. Participants will be asked to write letters to the individual in question, outlining their love, concerns and the potential consequences if the addict decides to refuse treatment.

When the big day arrives, remember to breathe. Whether or not your loved one accepts the treatment being offered, you need to know that your life will be changed for the better. Head into the intervention with a full heart, open mind and all the love you can muster. Speak to the addict in a loving and caring manner, making certain to avoid any harsh or aggressive tones. If the addict sees that you’re committed to helping them, as opposed to forcing them into something, they’ll be much more likely to respond in a positive fashion.


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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