Family Alcohol Intervention Success Tips

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family alcohol intervention helps your loved one with alcoholism before they hit bottom or think they want help.  Intervention for alcohol can help by raising the bottom on your terms rather than the terms of the alcoholic  When someone struggling with alcoholism tries to make their own decisions it almost never works out well.  The alcohol intervention process involves one of our trained specialists and your family coming together with the end result of your loved one accepting help by owning the fact they are the alcoholic and also the problem. The intervention serves as the moment we give the alcoholic back their problem and set our healthy boundaries for it.  The point is, no alcoholic can get away with their problem on their own resources alone.  Just talking to them like you have a thousand times obviously does not work, we need to change the situation that we have control over instead of just wasting our breath.

Arranging the Intervention

The most difficult part of the intervention is getting all the family members to agree to the process.  Believe it or not, it is far more difficult to get several family members on board than it is to get just one person to treatment.  The alcoholic’s needing of help is a given.  The question that is difficult for family to agree on is how.  For the family to understand that our role goes well beyond just talking to your loved one as the family has done several times before, is very difficult.  If the family system broken down by the alcoholic does not change than the alcoholic doesn’t either.

Our alcohol intervention specialists arrive the day before to meet with just the family and not the alcoholic to help moderate and plan the intervention. Our Family First Intervention professionals are extremely helpful in keeping the peace and focus during what can be a long day. By preparing and educating the family ahead of time, everyone will be prepared and able to handle what is expected to come at the intervention.  It is important to understand that the family is not to mention the intervention to their loved one before it happens.

Intervention Planning

Our interventionist helps the family understand their roles and strategies ahead of time. Intervention specialists have the family write out letters to their loved one as a form of their communication with their loved one at the intervention.  The letters are designed to engage the alcoholic and mentally diffuse their preconceived notion of what they actually think is going to happen. Your loved one will most think they will be attacked, however shortly after the letters start they will understand that is not the case.  In addition to this planning the interventionist and family will have discussed all possible objections or justifications that he or she may have.

Treatment Center Options

Our Family First professionals will work with the family prior to the intervention to ensure that the best treatment center for the alcoholics situation is considered and that the family is comfortable with it as well.  Many factors are considered in choosing a treatment center such as type, cost, insurance, length of stay and distance from home are just some examples.

With the assistance of your Family First Intervention team we try and cover everything starting with the original call you make to us.  Starting with the assessment of the situation we are able to help you and your family understand what should change and what most likely has to happen if your loved one is to accept help.  Over and over we try to explain to families that talk is cheap and that actions need to change.  If talking to an  alcoholic got them to accept help than the family probably would not be reading this.

Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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