Drug intervention programs are not exactly as you see on T.V.

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Watching the drug intervention programs airing during prime time television, you might get the feeling that while addiction is hard and affects everyone from friends to family members of the addict, the intervention itself and the ensuing treatment for rehabilitation may seem very easy in the light of the end credits. However in real life things may be a bit more intensive than what they can show in a short episode of your favorite reality show. The hardest part of getting help is accepting it in the first place.

The friends and family of an addict are usually the ones who want to protect the mental and emotional wellbeing of the person they love and are most of the time afraid of bringing up the need for professional drug intervention programs, but when the time comes that there is no longer an option but to get help, the emotional and mental health is sometimes sacrificed for anger and hostility over how much time and love has been lost. An addiction counselor is on hand to make sure that while resentment may be unavoidable, the main points are being made for the rehabilitation and recovery of the substance abuser.

Drug Intervention Programs require tough love

Seeing the shows on television often gives someone a sense of what is to come when entering drug intervention programs, but it can never fully prepare anyone for the singular differences that are human emotions. Everyone handles this situation differently, but putting on a united front is key to the success of this endeavor. Getting everyone on the same page is the only way to make sure the addict understands their options. Tough love is something that is absolutely necessary in ensuring he or she goes to treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction.

Consequences and responsibility are going to be the main focus points that drug intervention programs want to make sure the friends and family understand before heading in to the confrontation: either the addict goes to treatment or their lives will change drastically. No longer will their loved ones be enablers, but they will have to go on with their lives and recover on their own. Emotions run high during these types of ultimatums, but making sure the common goal of putting the accountability on the substance abuser’s shoulders is going to allow them to see how they cannot continue on without being sober, as the help they had in being an addict is gone.

Making sense of an Intervention Program

An intervention program sounds like a way for the friends and family to cut ties with the person that has been a burden on them for so long, but it is sincerely a way to make their loved one see how much they care. They are taking away the last thing they can to make sure that help is the only option. Intervention programs are designed by professionals and executed by counselors and mediators who have the training to guide everyone in the right direction. Which might not be the same happy direction you see on T.V., but with the right amount of dedication it can have the same happy ending.

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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