Intervention programs should not be a last resort

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When thinking about introducing intervention programs to the life saving measures you need to take to rescue an addict from themselves, the mediations and confrontations usually get pushed to the back as a last resort. When employed in the right way, counseling sessions with an addict specialist are highly successful and can save the life of a substance abuser before they get so bad that “rock bottom” is upon them, their friends, and their families.

The general consensus is that people have to be on death’s door or hitting their bottom in order to accept help and get the treatment they deserve, but that is not the case at all. When tactfully and expertly employed, intervention programs have a very high probability of becoming triumphant returns to the life of sobriety and health for the addict and their circle of loved ones. With all of the turmoil and trials the people surrounding the substance abuser have already had to go through, no time should be wasted in asking for help from a professional who has either been there already, or gone through enough medical training to know exactly what is needed to get the rehabilitation that is so desperately needed.

Intervention programs are to be utilized as soon as they are needed.

There is absolutely no need to wait until an addict is so far gone that they have suffered irreversibly severe mind or body damage that they might not be able to come back from it to be a whole and healthy person who can live without drugs and alcohol. Sobriety can come when an addict still has the emotional and physical ability to understand their predicament and make a conscious effort to get well.

When a substance abuser is ready to accept help depends completely on the enablers surrounding him or her. As long as there are little to no consequences, the addict will continue using. When the people involved have had enough and cut the cord of support and aid is when the person habitually abusing substances will take responsibility for their behaviors and actions and seek the treatment everyone wishes they would get. Until then, with family and friends providing a safe haven and allowing them to continue on with their addictions, they will not think that recovery is an option, as they do not see the harm they are causing.

Understanding Intervention Services   

As a person suffering, or the people around them who are also anguishing from the addiction they are witnessing and enabling, waiting until drug addiction intervention is a last resort might be too late. Recovery can come sooner rather than later for everyone involved if you understand that intervention services are available at any point during the life cycle of substance abuse. The sooner an addict is in therapy and recuperating from the mental, emotional, and physical damage they have done to themselves, the higher their success rate for integrating back in to society can be.

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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