Staging A Drug Intervention – A How To Guide

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Staging a drug intervention for a loved one with substance abuse issues is many times the last resort for friends and family members of a drug addict. Addiction can alter an individual’s personality quite drastically and often results in loss of home, money, prison time and even death. Making the decision to plan out an intervention for a drug addict can aid the individual in getting their priorities back in order. In this article, we will offer up a few tips, tricks and an idea of what to expect during the planning and implementation of a family intervention with us.

  1. You’ll want to make certain that the individual in question is actually in need of an intervention. Pay close attention to the individual in question to look for these signs and feel free to contact us with questions that we may be able to better help identify for you. An intervention is a serious event and should not be used on individuals without serious dependency issues. If you have any doubts, discuss your situation with one of our experienced intervention specialist to help determine the best course of action.
  2. Once you’ve determined that an intervention is the best way to go, get in touch with close friends and family members of the addict to find out who is interested in getting involved. Make sure to inform those you contact that the intervention is to be kept secret from the addict. If the individual in question happens to learn of your plans, it can drastically alter the outcome.
  3. If you haven’t done so by this point, contact one of our certified intervention specialist to help you plan and stage the intervention. Our individuals act as moderators and authority figures at the pre and actual interventions.
  4. Determine a good place and time for everyone in the group to meet up. The environment should be somewhere neutral, calm and private, such as a hotel conference room. The sooner you can get the intervention rolling, the better the chances are for a positive outcome.
  5. Make sure to emphasize the importance of remaining calm to your group members. An addict who is presented with a hostile environment will only respond with hostility. Be firm, collected and loving above all. Though emotions can run high during these meetings, it should be a comfort knowing that a positive change is headed your way, regardless of the outcome. Breathe, smile, cry, and communicate.
  6. Consider counseling. Whether the individual in question decides to pursue recovery, most individual’s involved in the intervention will be able to benefit from addiction counseling themselves. In this way, not only will you be able to understand your loved one’s behaviors, but perhaps also be able to address your feelings toward them.

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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