Professional Intervention Programs Offer More Help

Drug or alcohol addiction doesn’t only affect the people who are using, all too often it destroys the lives of family members and loved ones as well. Many times family members become physical and emotional victims. Addiction causes radical and dangerous behaviors that have far reaching impact on everyone involved. But the bottom line is too often drugs destroy families. No spouse, parent, or child wants to watch their loved one struggle with an addiction, and no family deserves those emotions.

It may be time for a professional intervention program

If you’re the spouse, parent, or family member struggling with a loved one’s addiction you probably feel frustrated, tired, and scared. But more than that you probably feel helpless and alone. Many times family members feel they’ve tried everything to reach their loved on with no avail. It’s a scary and heartbreaking feeling. If you’ve been trying struggling to get through to your addicted love one but can’t it might be time for a professional intervention program.

Too often the idea of intervention is over simplified by those outside the industry They portray intervention as nothing more than a surprise meeting (or worse ambush) between loved ones and an addict. A meeting where everyone says how worried they are and the addict comes to a sudden realization about just how lucky they have it. Sure, sometimes an emotional outpour between family members is enough of a catalyst to inspire change, but more often than not, that’s not the case.

Why don’t amateur interventions work? It’s because they are too emotionally charged. Because all too often the focus of the intervention becomes the feelings and damaged state of the family members, and not the addiction itself. Amateur interventions more often than not end in anger, pain, and deepened rifts between shattered family members.  Maybe you’ve  been down that road before.

Bringing together an intervention specialist and intervention programs

A  drug addiction intervention program is so much more than a one time meeting between family members where emotional outcry dominates The number one goal of an intervention specialist is to give the family members the tools and resources they need to successfully get through to their loved one and inspire action. Professional intervention programs start with a meeting between the intervention specialist and the family to establish a plan and prepare them for the actual confrontation with their addict.  This meeting gives families the tools and knowledge needed to keep the intervention focused on the addiction, not personal attacks and training on how to reach through to their loved one and overcome the hostility and objections they’ll likely encounter. But the most important aspect to the family meeting is the resolution that they can begin the healing process.

Once you are prepared, the second stage is then conducting the intervention meeting with the addict themselves. The difference, this time you’ll be prepared and have the support and help you need to power your intervention in the right direction and get your loved one the help they desperately need.

Life with addiction is difficult on both the addicted as well as their family and friends. Don’t let your family suffer any longer. If someone you love is struggling with an addiction, get help today.

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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