How To Do an Intervention and Other Frequently Asked Questions

With drug and alcohol abuse becoming a wider spread epidemic among teens, it’s no wonder more and more parents are looking for intervention help for their kids. Here at Family First Intervention we get more calls from parents of teens abusing drugs and/or alcohol than anyone else. Parents are often concerned about their child, but they are unsure how to approach the situation. Most callers have several questions and concerns. Some of the most frequently asked questions are “What is an intervention?” and questions on how to do an intervention.

What is an Intervention?hand on shoulder

When the family and friends of an addict determine that individual needs help, often times they plan an intervention. The overall objective of this intervention is to confront the person who is abusing drugs and/or alcohol in a non-threatening way. A professional intervention counselor should meet with the friends and family prior to the intervention taking place to develop a plan. The plan will help the loved ones of the addict understand their role and responsibilities in the process. Intervention is never just about one person, but about everyone affected by the addition. The immediate goal is to hold the intervention and help the addict see that their behavior is destructive and get them to agree to listen and accept help.

How do we do an Intervention?

Here at Family First Intervention, we suggest starting with a simple phone call consultation. We try to get as many family members involved as we can so we have the opportunity to hear several viewpoints. This helps the Intervention Counselor better understand the entire picture so he/she can work with the family to develop a custom intervention plan that is created for the unique needs of this situation.

Once a plan has been developed, the intervention will be scheduled. Our professional counselors can come to you to be present when the intervention takes place. We will sit together as a group and the counselor will be your guide during the process. Your loved one will be approached in a non-threatening way and the counselor will help them understand that they need to first admit they have a problem and next accept help. It’s important they accept that they need help so they can be held accountable.

What happens after Intervention?

Once the addict admits they have a problem and accepts help it is easier to get them into the right treatment program. Our professional drug and alcohol counselors will help you make the decision on what treatment program is right for your needs. All too often we hear that a treatment program was ineffective and the addict has relapsed. Most of the time this is the case when the family has slipped back into their old behaviors and has allowed the loved one to return home or leave the treatment program early. This is why it is extremely important that prior to your loved one entering into a treatment program, the entire family understands their role and agrees to the plan. Our professional interventionists are here to help you with not only the intervention, but next steps as well.

If you are looking for more FAQ’s, please visit our Intervention Frequently Asked Questions page which contains FAQ videos created by Mike Loverde, President and Founder of Family First Intervention. Mike dedicated his life to helping other people with journey to recovery after having struggled with his own addictions for years. You can read more about him and his story here.

If you still have questions about Intervention and how our program works, please feel free to call us anytime. Our professional drug and alcohol interventionists are available 24/7, just call 888.907.9741

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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