Interventionists and the Agreement to Change

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Changes Ahead

Whatever kind of addiction intervention you’re looking to have, be it drugs, alcohol or something else, most people feel like the responsibility to change is in the hands of the addict. That’s because we’ve all been watching television for years, and everyone has heard of the term, “hit rock bottom,” the way that defines when an addict hits the absolute lowest low they can hit, thus forcing themselves into treatment. Although that’s true, that’s just one step in the process, and the other parts have to do with the family.

An intervention program at Family First involves what we call a Commitment to Change. This is an agreement signed by the addict and each person on the intervention team that commits to changing their own actions over the course of a year. Why does everyone sign this contract?

The ecosystem of an addict is not just contained within their own self. It’s wide and varied, and includes everyone in their family, plus other friends and colleagues. These are the people that are either consciously or unconsciously enabling the addict to do what they do. Again, this isn’t a malicious act on the act of these people; this can very easily be something that the person is not really aware that they do. But to make sure that the addict can recover, everyone in their life needs to commit to making a change as well.

The substance abuser in question may not become 100 percent clean and sober after their drug and alcohol intervention, and there may be a relapse that occurs. But if everyone in their social circle commits to making the change with them, then the less likely it is that such a relapse will happen.

Going through an alcohol intervention, drug abuse intervention or other type of intervention program can be an emotional process for everyone involved, and it’s not going to be easy — but nothing ever worth doing is. Understand that making the commitment to change is something that everyone has to do, and if they do, then everyone — including the substance abuser — will be better in the long run because of it.

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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