Family Intervention – Are You Ready?

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Are you ready for a family intervention? If you and your family and friends have already planned a drug or alcohol intervention for a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse, please the following checklist to ensure you are fully prepared. If you have not already sought out professional guidance or intervention services, we urge you to do so. Interventions are highly emotionally-charged events and are more often successful when led by an expert. This checklist is for general purposes only.

Do you have 3-8 people who are close to the addict who are willing to speak and assist in the intervention?

Is everyone in agreement that the addict not be tipped-off to plans for the intervention?

Do you have a plan to guarantee the addict’s attendance at the intervention?

Have you written a one- to two-page letter to the addict?

Have you edited this letter, removing finger-pointing blame, anger and judgment?

Have you listed the ways you may have been enabling him or her?

Do you have a treatment center standing by, ready to admit the addict for care?

Do you have a concrete plan for covering treatment costs?

Have you made airline or transportation arrangements for the addict?

Have you packed a suitcase for the addict?

Have you joined an Al-Anon or Family Anonymous group for support during this emotional time?

As you see, there are a great many details to be considered when planning a drug addiction intervention. Though this may be a trying time for your family, you are not alone. Contact an intervention specialist to increase the odds that your loved one receives the help they so desperately need.

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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