Everyone has seen a television intervention program, but real life is a different story

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As reality television gains in popularity, more and more people are putting their lives on display – willingly or not – for ratings and to reach a mass market – and watching a tv intervention program is no different. You see people with a serious illness being put in front of a camera crew and the most dramatic portions of their existence are now viewable inside of your home. Drug and alcohol abusers are prominent on the scene of reality portrayals and are hopefully able to reach an audience that can appreciate what they have gone through and the fact that they have gotten help.

Watching an intervention program unfold in your living room helps you understand the emotional roller coaster that people go through when they are trying to get someone they love the medical and mental help they need to beat their addictions. It shows you the awful lives of the addicts themselves and gives you an insider’s glimpse in to the success stories of people who are just like a substance abuser you may know. You may have thought that you have tried everything to get them to go to treatment, or maybe they have gone to rehab centers several other times and continue to relapse, but watching these television shows may give you an idea you haven’t had before or another avenue to pursue that might help in ways prior tries haven’t.

The Goal of Drug Addiction Intervention

An intervention program can vary depending upon different factors: the alcohol, drug, or combination of drugs and alcohol that the person abuses, the length of their addiction, the enabling they have been accustomed to, any mental illness that they may have, abuse suffered as a child or traumatic event during their growing years, and so many other things that cannot be found out until someone enters a treatment facility. The goal of an intervention is not to diagnose or get to the root of the issue, its primary objective is to get the person suffering in to a detoxification, rehabilitation, and recovery center to get to the bottom of the issues and help them move past it to become productive people who can share their life and love with those around them.

Intervention Programs at a glimpse

Watching intervention programs on TV can only give you a small glimpse in to the lives of an addict and the people who love them. The suffering they are going through is evident, but until you are in that circumstance you never truly know what it feels like. You can learn from the mistakes being made by the people you are viewing, and garner helpful tips and tricks to try and get the person afflicted with this awful illness in to treatment, but until you actually are part of a drug addiction intervention you will never truly understand what it feels like. Every addict has a different story and every mediation is subject to variances. But the end result should always be the same: getting help for everyone involved to overcome this debilitating disease.

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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