Keys To A Successful Drug And Alcohol Intervention

Making the decision to stage a drug and alcohol intervention is the first step in a long line of positive change. Though you can never determine the short or long-term results of an intervention, there are a number of methods available to help ensure the best possible outcome for everyone involved. In this entry, we will walk you through a few tips and tricks in hopes of helping you through to a successful intervention.

Enlist The Help Of One of our Professionals – Individuals who have been affected negatively by the addict’s behaviors are typically confused and angry. By making the choice to include a one of our skilled interventionist, you can rest assured that the event will be organized and moderated in a way that helps everyone, including the addict, feel more comfortable.

Educate Yourself – The more you know about the addiction, the better suited you will be to aid in the recovery process. Just as a mechanic requires the proper knowledge to complete an elaborate car engine repair; an intervention participant requires the awareness to address addiction. Then, with the aid of our interventionist, you can begin to look at potential treatment options.

Choose Your Party – Most of our family interventions involve only close friends and relatives who have a vested interest in the well-being of the individual in question. The involvement of participants should not be forced and discretion must be a high priority to all. If you have any unease about certain individuals, it’s best to discuss the situation with our intervention specialist.

Plan, Plan, Plan – Set aside a time and date to stage the intervention that works for each party member. The event should be held at a neutral location that is comfortable for both participants and addict alike. Homes and public places are not recommended as they can bring about distractions and ill feelings in the addict.

Pre-Intervention – Make a date to meet up with everyone prior to the intervention. Here, you can discuss the objective and treatment plans. Your interventionist will be able to answer any lingering questions the participants may have and help direct each individual with their intervention letter to the addict.

Have Your Treatment Plan Ready – If your loved one does choose to accept the help that is being offered, it is essential to get the ball rolling immediately to avoid any change of heart. A “yes” answer to treatment means hugs and a swift transport to treatment. We will have a facility ready for when this agreement is reached and our interventionist will help facilitate the process with ease to ensure your loved one is promptly en route for their recovery journey.

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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