Drug and alcohol interventions aren’t new to us here in the United States, and there have been professional intervention services available for at least several decades. Of course the recognition of these have increased through the media and shows such as the recently-cancelled Intervention television series on A&E.
A recent story claims a man in Manchester, England is the only certified intervention professional in the UK. Could this be true, or is it more that there are multiple certification boards and certification levels for such practices there, as there are here? While not intending to take anything away from the counselor’s good works to help others, it seems more like the latter is true.
It does raise a good point, though, in looking at addiction treatment systems and support services in other countries. A little more searching does show that there is very little activity in the intervention field in other countries compared to the United States, but publicized results overseas seem to be similar in stating that interventions are very successful.
Perhaps comparing the availability of treatment facilities and types of rehabilitation programs offered in these other countries would help to understand more about the drug intervention activity. Here in the U.S. we have a very wide variety of services offered, both public and private, and that may be the primary contributing factor. It will be interesting to see if places like the UK and other countries continue to expand their intervention services in the near future.