Keys to A Successful Alcohol Intervention

With the holidays in full swing, it’s not uncommon for many of us to indulge in a little excess. From holiday parties to family dinners, alcohol is presented as an abundant source of merriment and stress relief. However, if you have a loved one whom treats the remaining 48 weeks of the year with the same type of enthusiasm, it may be time to consider the possibility of an alcohol intervention.

An intervention refers to a meeting involving a group of concerned friends and family members, gathered together in hopes of helping an addict obtain treatment for their substance abuse issues. The process is moderated and run by an intervention specialist, with an end goal of getting the addict to a treatment facility to deal with their behaviors. If you feel as though an intervention would benefit a member of your circle, the guide below will provide you with a few tips and tricks to help ensure the highest possibility of a successful outcome.

Step 1 – Get in touch with other friends and family members of the addict and discuss the situation at hand. This will help you determine who is interested in getting involved in the intervention process. You’ll want to include individuals who are dedicated to a positive outcome, ignoring those who may negatively contribute or encourage the negative behaviors, such as drug dealers and fellow addicts.

Step 2 – Get in touch with us so we can start an intervention program that can incorporate a specialist to moderate and organize your intervention. This individual will act as the authority figure, keeping everyone in the party, calm, collected and positive.

Step 3 – Schedule a pre-intervention with everyone in your party. This meeting should include everyone involved in the actual intervention, aside from the addict in question. Here, your intervention specialist will walk you through what to expect, while asking various questions about the addict to gain a better understanding of how to deal with the situation at hand. Our intervention specialist will also walk you through the letter-writing process, in which each party member writes out a personal letter to the addict to read during the actual intervention.

Step 4 – Stay positive. Nobody wants to walk into an ambush situation. Put yourself in the addict’s shoes and go into the intervention with a sense of love, respect and concern. Once the addict realizes that you’re not “out to get them”, they’ll be much more open to listening to what you have to say regarding their behaviors and the possibility of treatment. Though you may experience a bit of initial anger and backlash, keep in mind that this hostility will only be fueled by negativity. By keeping the environment, calm and collected, you will be doing your part to ensure a successful outcome.

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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