What to Expect During an Intervention

People who consider intervention services have a loved one who is suffering from some form of addiction, be it alcohol addiction, drug addiction, food addiction, sex and love addiction or another form. This addiction has taken a physical, mental, financial and spiritual toll not only on the addict but on family, friends and co-workers as well.

When there have been several attempts at trying to help the addicted loved one to no avail, intervention services are often necessary. An intervention is defined as having a neutral person who is an expert in addiction and recovery intervene upon the addict and their family to bring the addiction and its harmful impacts to the surface so that recovery and healing can begin.

An interventionist is therefore a mediator and necessary component to getting the loved one into a suitable drug and alcohol treatment program. Often, this is too great of a feat for the family and loved ones to do on their own because they are too emotionally involved with and impacted by the addict’s behaviors and despair. Interventionists provide knowledge where there is confusion, clarity where there is fog, solution where there is dismay and hope where there is despair.

The Intervention Process

The process begins by having a conversation about the loved one you would like to help. Because of professional experience in the field of addiction and recovery, the interventionist has heard it all – there are no stories or situations that haven’t already been heard and no story or situation will be judged, it will all be kept with the utmost level of confidentiality.  Although it seems trifling to tell personal details to someone you don’t know, upon sharing your situation your reservation will be met with warmth and understanding and the weight you feel will begin to lift as solutions are proposed.

The interventionist will then derive a treatment action plan that can be executed immediately. The immediacy of getting a loved one the help they need is well understood and the interventionist will act with the same immediacy to fulfill the treatment action plan, which will consist of the following:

  • A determination of the need for an intervention – sometimes when the loved one has already agreed on receiving treatment, a recommendation will be made that don’t involve an intervention.
  • Arrangements to execute the intervention (travel, timing, special needs and considerations for the time, place and type of intervention)
  • Pre-intervention counseling and advisement – thorough determination of what families need to prepare such as verbal or written statements to the loved one and what to expect emotionally during an intervention.
  • The Intervention
  • Transport to treatment, either with the interventionist, family, sober companion or via scheduled travel arrangements to the recommended treatment center.

This process highlights that in challenging and emotionally vulnerable situations, we can’t do things alone. Just as people need support groups and spiritual practice to lessen their burdens, loved ones of addicts need professionals to guide them through the process of getting addiction help – it reduces the stress and turmoil and turns out to be the best investment to make in the life of a loved one.

If you would like to consider a treatment action plan for a loved one, please contact us to learn more about the next steps to take or to learn about the success rates of Next Step Interventionists.

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