Staging A Successful Addiction Intervention


Concern, love and hope are all key factors in driving a successful addiction intervention. Interventions occur when friends, family members, community leaders and business associates comes together with the purpose of aiding an individual suffering from addictive and destructive behavior. If you are considering an intervention with us for a loved one, the following entry will provide you with a few tips and tricks to help ensure the best possible outcome.

Step 1 – Get in touch with everyone you wish to be involved in the intervention and call a pre-intervention meeting. Contact us so we can have one of our trained professional interventionist join the group for moderation, education and directorial purposes. It is during this initial meeting that participants are educated about the situation at hand and potential recovery process. Our interventionist will be able to address any concerns and answer questions posed by attendees, while directing each individual on how to speak, act and communicate during the actual intervention.

Step 2 –  Our interventionist will be able to provide treatment options. If you require help with funding we can also help with further information on how that can be covered via insurance.

Step 3 – Determine a neutral setting to hold your intervention. And execute your plan. Make sure to have participants arrive well in advance of the individual in question and emphasize discretion above all else. The element of surprise is a helpful tool during an intervention, so it’s important that the addict not be made aware of your plans. Our Interventionist, will of course be able to assist and help with this matter.

Though tempers and emotions can run high during an intervention, participants are encouraged to keep calm, focused and positive during the meeting. Once the intervention begins, friends and family members will take turns communicating their love, concern and desire for the addict to accept help for their addictions via pre-written letters.

Step 4 –  Push recovery. Ideally, the individual will be receptive to the intervention and agree to accept help. Travel arrangements and other details should be will be confirmed and ready well in advance to ensure a swift and smooth transition into rehab, minimizing the risk of second thoughts.

Step 5 – If the addict does not respond favorably to the intervention, a no recovery plan must be implemented.  This plan will include consequences and changes to the current dynamic between the addict and the intervention participants.

We offer a variety of intervention services  to those seeking help planning an intervention. Don’t worry, we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and give us a call, so we can set up the appropriate program dealing with your particular situation. With a little love and perseverance, many people find the intervention process to be the saving grace in the life of both the addict and everyone involved.

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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