Plan A Family Intervention

If a friend of loved one is experiencing substance abuse issues, it may be time to consider a family intervention. An intervention refers to an event where a group of concerned individuals gather together in hopes of deferring an addict from harmful life practices. These life practices most commonly revolve around drugs and alcohol, but can also pertain to eating disorders, sexual addictions, gambling or any other activity that may pose harm to the individual in question. Planning an intervention takes a fair amount of time, effort and dedication. If you are interested in pursuing this option, the guide below will provide you with a few tips to help you through the planning process.

Perhaps the first step in any intervention is getting in touch with one of our trained professionals to establish an intervention program or specialist. Having the help of one of ourskilled and knowledgeable professional will work in your favor during both the planning and implementation of the intervention by way of keeping you and everyone involved focused, motivated and collected.

Next, begin to reach out to close friends and family members of the individual in question. Avoid turning to acquaintances or people who encourage the addict’s behaviors, such as dealers or bar flies. You’ll want to gather a group of people who have a vested interest in the addict’s well being, and who are willing to work with both the addict and the group to alter the current situation for the greater good.

We can locate treatment programs to offer the addict in the case of a successful intervention. Our intervention specialist will be able to provide you with a few options to choose from. If the treatment program you are interested in happens to be out of state, be sure to have any necessary travel arrangements made well in advance of the actual intervention. In this way, you will be able to get the process moving immediately following the addict’s agreement to seek help.

Schedule a pre-intervention with the concerned individuals in your party. This initial meeting should involve everyone involved in the intervention aside from the individual whom the intervention is focused around. At this meeting, each party member will discuss their concerns and ideas, while laying out “bottom line” consequences in case of treatment refusal. Our intervention specialist, as with the actual intervention, will conduct this meeting; providing instruction, encouragement and a game plan for each party member.

Stay positive, loving, and breathe. Whatever the outcome of the intervention, just know that a positive change is on the horizon for those willing to accept it. By providing the addict with a calm and collected reflection of their behaviors, you stand a much better chance of success.


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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