A professionally planned, compassionate, effective way to offer someone help.
It is an opportunity for those deeply concerned to make a stand for their loved one and effectively show their love, compassion and concern.
An intervention is an opportunity for those deeply concerned with the condition of their loved one to show him or her how concerned they are, but, more importantly, how much they truly love and care for the person.
Most people suffering from active addiction are either: in denial about their condition and don’t recognize the destructive effects their behavior has on themselves and others, or honestly believe they cannot live (literally) without drugs and/or alcohol.
My intervention process does not involve deception, anger, insult, humiliation, or unrealistic ultimatums. I do not threaten.
I see an intervention as an act of love, with the end result being the gift of recovery offered to the loved one. As difficult as it may be in the beginning, the one suffering is to be treated with respect and dignity.
The first step of the intervention process is to gather the information about the particular situation from the concerned person(s). We will discuss the current concerns and the best ways to address the situation.
The second step is an assessment to determine if an intervention is appropriate and how it can be done most effectively. The people to be involved will be identified during this step.
If it is agreed that an intervention will take place, preparation is paramount to the success of the process. And the process begins with educating those participating. Realities in the areas of addiction education, enabling, codependent behaviors and family recovery will be addressed. The family, an/or other loved ones will begin their own path of recovery immediately.
A specific plan will be presented, and appropriate treatment center resources will be in place for agreed-upon treatment. Discussion will include what will be needed from those participating, and what specific outcome can be anticipated following the intervention.
Next, the intervention will occur. I will lead the process. The person(s) gathered to support the intervention will confirm their love for the one struggling and support the plan for starting specific treatment. Many times this is a group of people, but sometimes, depending on the circumstance, a one-on-one intervention with the intervention specialist can be most effective.
Following an intervention, I will continue to work with the family/other loved ones so they continue on their new-found path of recovery and build a solid foundation. Also, I continue to work "case manage" the one in treatment and most importantly, help them, with their transition plan from treatment to their next environment.
It is beyond important that the transition from primary treatment to the next phase of recovery is well-planned and throughly thought out. Many times, once someone is out of the "protective environment" of primary treatment and all they are left with is a vague "exit plan," things fall apart quickly. This...is not ok...and can be avoided!