The alcohol intervention you don’t see on television

The words alcohol intervention probably conjure up pictures from a reality based documentary TV show that you have watched with disbelief as people who have loving families, great friends, good jobs, and all of the possibilities in the world before them begin to take their own lives with drugs and alcohol. You too may have someone close to you that needs the help these shows provide, but don’t know where to begin, or how to handle all that it entails by yourself. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. The best news is that there is a much higher success rate when you involve a professional.

The circle of family and friends that a drug or alcohol abuser has is a close one. They often think they can help fix the problem when it first starts without including other outside parties. Thinking about an alcohol intervention is far from their minds when they are just trying to keep the addict healthy and safe. They often enable their loved one to continue their addiction, and don’t realize they are essentially helping them to spiral downward. When it gets to the point of mental or physical breakdown is usually when the people surrounding the substance abuser rally together and try to figure out a solution.

No matter the time frame, getting a professional to help with an alcohol intervention is the best way to insure a successful path to recovery. Having someone in the room who can explain to the friends and family what the addict is going through and what they have done to provoke or promote it, and how to stop it, is going to endorse healing instead of encourage enabling. That same person can explain to the alcohol intervention receiver not only what they have done to themselves, but what kind of help they can receive to try and reverse the effects of their substance abuse, and regain a life of prosperity via sobriety.

While some people may take the word “enabling” to mean that they have done something wrong, or in some way have helped out in this awful affliction, but it is a perfectly normal response to someone you love behaving in this manner. The fact of the matter is that you love this person and will do whatever it takes to try and keep them alive and get them past this disease, and your response to the detrimental changes that were occurring were standard in this type of instance.

The goal of a drug intervention is first and foremost to get the addict in to treatment to try and beat this condition. They can learn all of the ways that a rehabilitation facility can work to their advantage and that the way they have been living is not how they can continue, if they want to live. The second part is a family intervention, which gives the people who have surrounded the substance abuser an outlet to get their own help so that when the treatment is successful, their family member or friend can come home to a change of scenery that is healthy and happy.

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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