Your Family Intervention – What’s Next?

Once you’ve successfully completed your family intervention, a sense of relief, happiness and bliss is both common and deserved; An intervention takes a fair amount of work, stress and love in order to obtain the desired results. However before you break out the cake and party hats, it’s important to know that your loved one’s recovery process has only just begun. In this entry, we’ll offer up a basic outline of what to expect during the weeks, months and years following the intervention.

Directly following acceptance into treatment, the addict should be transported to their pre-determined treatment facility. We will have a facility picked out well in advance; this removes the potential for reconsiderations and places the addict in the hands of individuals who can deal with and treat their emotions and feelings. If your facility is out of state, the addict will travel with your intervention specialist to ensure a safe arrival.

Once at the facility, an intake assessment will be performed, in which facility specialists obtain information regarding the addict’s medical substance abuse and psychological history and consumption habits. Alcohol and opiate addicts may be forced to enter a detox facility, where they can be medically monitored during the detoxification process before entering the treatment facility.

After the intake, physicians and psychiatrists will determine a treatment plan for the addict. This plan almost always involves a large amount of individual and group therapy with medications being prescribed on a case-by-case basis.

Most facilities encourage patients to keep in touch with friends and family members during recovery, but only after an initial separation period has been completed. In many cases, the family members themselves are also encouraged to enter addiction counseling to better cope with and understand the situation at hand.

The amount of time an addict will remain in treatment depends on a number of factors, including the type of facility, type of addiction, how responsive the addict is to treatment, and the wishes of the addict themselves. It is important to note that recovery is not a jail sentence, and can be stopped at any time. Once the addict has successfully completed treatment, they may be encouraged to move to sober living to ease them back into society. If an addict makes it out of the sober house without incident, they will then find themselves free to return home.

With the aid, love and support of friends and family, addicts are able to start enjoying a life they may have never thought possible. Individuals who have completed treatment are encouraged to continue attending AA meetings and associating with individuals in a sober and positive manner. Though a drug or alcohol intervention is a vital stepping-stone in the recovery of many addicts, the entire process is a life-long battle. Keep your eyes, mind and heart open… the good stuff is just around the corner.

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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