Allowing an intervention program to work is hard work

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In theory, you want your loved one to undergo an intervention program and get help, but in practice this may be harder than you had ever expected. You see the tragedy unfolding before you every day, watch their mind deteriorate, their physical appearance diminish, their joy in the world and those around them shrink, and nothing matters anymore except getting more drugs or alcohol. In a brain that is clear and sober, you cannot understand how someone could want something so bad that has done nothing but ruin their lives, and that is why you need to call a professional to get the help that is so desperately needed.

As a healthy person, you cannot fathom living the life your loved one seems to have chosen. They have lost everything they love: employment, spouses, children, opportunities, possessions, and maybe even their health, mental and physical. But they cannot stop on their own, just as you cannot stop enabling them. Whether it is a couple of dollars here and there, a ride to the supermarket, a bill you have to pay so it doesn’t get shut off, the children you have to pick up and make excuses to, the boss you have to beg to allow the addict to return to work tomorrow, or even the police you ask to allow your loved one to come home and you will take responsibility for them.

You have done all of these things, and maybe even worse in an attempt to protect your loved one from harm. But, why should they change if there are no consequences to them for their actions and behaviors? One of the things that an intervention program will teach everyone involved is to set some steadfast lines that if they are crossed will result in the termination of the relationship, or the perks of having that relationship with you. Once the addict has to shoulder all of the responsibility of their habits, they will begin to realize they can’t handle it and want to find a way out.

Finding peace in Intervention Programs

An intervention program will allow everyone to get off of their chest the turmoil they have been living in and how they want nothing more than a life of normalcy and health. They will get to speak their peace to the person that has caused all of the heartache and let them know what they are willing to do to help. They unveil a plan to not only get the substance abuser in-patient treatment for their addictions, but also the fact that they are getting help to treat themselves so that their loved one can come home to a different environment.

Drug Addiction Intervention is a group effort  

The hard work involved can make some people relapse after the intervention programs, either the addict or their friends and family. When even one person backs down on their promises to themselves and everyone else, the train may derail. But, a drug addiction intervention was something that brought everyone together for the greater good, and with all of the love and support that was in that room, and the hard work everyone pledged to do, you can all come out of it happy and healthy.

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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