When Is An Intervention Necessary ?

If you have a loved one struggling with a substance abuse issue and have begun questioning whether an intervention is necessary, chances are it’s about time to consider the possibility. Whether the addiction stems from drug or alcohol use, you may find it difficult to face the facts and move towards reviewing potential treatment options. In many cases, you may wish for the individual to find it within themselves to tackle the issue on their own. Though, if you’ve exhausted your options and time, it may become apparent that professional and organized help is required.

In order to help the individual in question, you must first determine whether or not you are contributing to the problem at hand. It’s not uncommon to find friends and family members who would rather minimize the problem than pushing the addict to deal with the consequences of their actions. Individuals who find themselves acting as a cover (making excuses, calling into work, etc.) for the addict are only enabling the actions. Most addicts must be able to view and understand the consequences of their actions before seeking treatment. Making the decision to hire one of our intervention specialist to guide you through the process is the first step if helping the addict obtain the treatment they deserve.

What To Expect

Interventions are extremely helpful means in getting addicts to realize the extent of their issues. They also provide individuals with an understanding of the hurt caused to their friends and family members. A family intervention is an event in which a group of close friends and family members are able to openly express their love and concerns to the addict in a way that is positive, loving and safe. These meetings are performed with the help of our professional intervention program that will designate a specialist to organize and facilitate the intervention. During the intervention, each member of the concerned party will take turns reading pre-written letters to the addict, expressing their love, concern and desire for them to accept treatment. As some addicts may become defensive and argumentative, it is an intervention specialist’s job to act as a mediator to ensure that everyone is able to communicate in an effective manner.

Once you’ve made the decision to move forward with an intervention, you will meet up with our intervention specialist in a pre-intervention meeting to help the party prepare for the road ahead. To help ensure the highest possibility of success, it’s important that each member of the intervention party be properly prepared for the potential reactions of the addict, running through various scenarios and role playing exercises.

Though the intervention may have you feeling worried, tense and stressed, it’s important to keep a calm, positive and loving demeanor throughout the process. Go into the intervention confident, determined and ready for change. Regardless of whether the addict decides to accept the help being offered, the intervention will be an event of great change for many, if not all of the individuals 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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