Treatment Center-Provided Interventions: Buyer Beware

Treatment Center-Provided Interventions Buyer Beware - Family First Intervention

Treatment Center-Provided Interventions Rarely Measure Up to Professional Interventions

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, then it’s likely you have spent a great deal of time researching treatment options, rehab centers and how-to guides for interventions. You may have found that many treatment centers offer intervention services.

This may sound like a great idea, and it is true that many interventionists who deliver such services do an excellent job. Still, it’s important to know the difference between interventionists who work for treatment centers and independent, professional interventionists like the ones who work for Family First Intervention.

Interventionists from Treatment Centers Want You to Enter Their Program

When an interventionist from a specific treatment center conducts an intervention, his or her ultimate goal is to convince the addict to enter treatment at the interventionist’s place of employment. While these interventionists likely have good intentions, they are effectively limiting a struggling individual’s choices.

Any given treatment center may provide stellar services and have countless success stories from past clients, but it will still not necessarily be the best place for everyone. Unfortunately, many families expecting top-notch service in treatment center-provided interventions wind up disappointed, as the “interventions” some of these organizations offer are little more than sales pitches.

Interventionists that May Not Have Your Family’s Best Interests at Heart

The interventionist arrives, conducts a brief overview of the intervention process, and ultimately tries to convince the person struggling with addiction to enter the interventionist’s treatment center. Many times, the interventionists that treatment centers send to potential patients do not have proper certification. While some amateur interventions may successfully convince an individual to enter treatment, professional intervention is far more likely to have a positive result.

Where Is the Intervention Held?

Will the treatment center that you called even offer to do the intervention at your own home or in a location of your choosing? If the treatment center will only stage the intervention in its own facility, it’s almost certain that its goal is to get your loved into the primary rehab program on the very same property.

Why would they hold the intervention there only to see your family choose another rehab program from a different provider?

Beware of ‘Free’ Interventions

Since insurance plans generally will not cover interventions, many treatment centers offer “free” interventions as an additional service, with the agreement to enter rehab at that specific facility. These offers exist to entice the family members of a person struggling with addiction to take advantage of the treatment center’s services, and an intervention is typically a difficult part of the recovery journey.

A family may believe that a free intervention is a great value, but this is true only if the interventionist actually knows what he or she is doing and has the family’s best interests in mind.

Unfortunately, this is rarely the case with “free” interventions, which aren’t really free: The treatment center is simply moving around money your insurance company is paying for the rehab program in order to cover the intervention and make it look like it is free.

How Much Experience Does Your Interventionist Have?

A treatment center may send an interventionist to your home, but how can you be sure of this person’s experience and qualifications? If he or she is an unlicensed interventionist but claims to have years of experience handling interventions, this raises the question of why he or she never bothered to attain certification.

The interventionist may simply be a treatment center employee who has experience handling clients who are already in treatment. But, he or she may not know how to handle a person actively struggling with addiction and the many family issues that these situations typically entail.

Another notion to consider is that the interventionist a treatment center sends to your home may not play a role in your loved one’s treatment beyond the intervention. Addiction counseling hinges on trust and rapport that grows between patients and treatment providers. Your interventionist should take time to get to know you, your family and your loved one struggling with substance abuse.

A legitimate interventionist should spend at least one day with the family before proceeding with the intervention. This allows him or her some time to get to know the issues around the addiction and identify any codependency or enabling behaviors within the family.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to substance abuse treatment or interventions. An individualized approach offers the best chance of successful treatment, and this begins at the intervention stage.

What Qualifications Should My Interventionist Have?

Interventions provided by rehab programs rarely offer the same level of service that an independent, credentialed interventionist can provide. Proper credentials for your interventionist should include:

  • Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) title from a state certification board
  • Possible membership in the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIP)
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as mental health counseling, psychology, social work or substance abuse counseling

A certified interventionist should also carry professional liability insurance.

What Can a Professional Interventionist Offer My Family?

An intervention is much more than simply trying to convince a loved one struggling with addiction to enter treatment. In virtually every addiction case, the substance abuse has eroded the family dynamic, and there may be resentment, past trauma, and other emotional flare-ups that can complicate matters. There also may be issues of codependency or enabling that an untrained interventionist may not recognize.

How Professional Interventionists Help Families

A professional interventionist should take a family-oriented approach to addiction treatment. The first step in a constructive intervention during is allowing the family to explain to their struggling loved one that they want what is best for him or her, but that they cannot continue to turn a blind eye to his or her addiction or continue to enable it.

While a treatment center-provided interventionist has the ultimate goal of convincing your loved one to enter his or her employer’s rehab program, a professional interventionist will work with your family to find the right treatment center for your loved one. In most cases, the treatment should take place out of state.

Professional interventionists do not play favorites with treatment centers – other than the ones that have stronger reputations than others – and they aim to find solutions at the individual level.

Putting the Family First

Family First Intervention focuses on how substance abuse affects all members of a family, not just the individual struggling with addiction. Our professional interventionists take time to develop an individualized, detailed and comprehensive substance abuse treatment plan beyond the intervention.

An interventionist who not only facilitates an initial intervention but also plays an ongoing role in treatment and the coordination of services creates a foundation of trust that prolongs recovery.

An intervention can unearth many unpleasant topics and memories in a family, but addressing these issues honestly is a crucial component of any recovery plan. Some family members may not be willing to acknowledge the severity of the problem, or even that a problem exists. Others may feel guilty or resentful about the situation, and the individual struggling with substance abuse may have wronged family members in the past in various ways.

Professional interventionists from Family First Intervention are not beholden to any specific treatment center, so you can rest assured knowing your interventionist will work objectively to find the right treatment plan for your loved one. Instead of an unlicensed interventionist whom you will likely never see again after the intervention, Family First Intervention will work with you throughout the treatment process, from rehab to ongoing treatment, as well as into aftercare.

If you want to learn more about how a professional interventionist can help your loved one who’s struggling with addiction, contact us at any time.

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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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