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Isn’t it true that an addict has to hit bottom before getting help, or at least want help?
No. By waiting for the bottom to hit, life for everyone will be agonizingly unnecessary. You’ll waste more time, energy and money trying to carry on and pain and suffering will only grow in its intensity. One of the most insane symptoms of addiction is that they often cannot ask for help much less go for help. By working with an addiction professional that can assist family and friends in making healthy adjustments and incorporating a strategic clinical strategy, the addictive framework gets broken down. This creates a potent shift toward the addictive sufferer finally agreeing to go for help.

 

Who do I ask to be a part of the intervention?
Key people to ask are those who the alcoholic/addict know and respect. Family, friends, co-workers, employers are all excellent. If people care they should be there. It is the relationship between people that is essential.

 

Why hire a professional interventionist?
The process of intervention is analogous to a surgical procedure. You wouldn’t do surgery on yourself, and the same is true with interventions. The emotional closeness of friends and family can escalate during the process causing unforeseen challenges. An intervention specialist is trained in trouble-shooting problem areas before they arise. It is crucial to the process to have an outside professional present particularly when tension is rising. These are the moment’s unanticipated sabotage or other difficulties can occur that can cause the situation to turn for the worst. A skilled professional with no emotional ties to the group help’s regain the focus and can guide the group back on track. This process has an 85% success rate when performed by a trained professional, so it’s highly suggested you work where the odds are best.

 

Does health insurance cover interventions?
No. But waiting any longer to get help could cost more in other medical bills. However, depending on where the person goes for treatment and what kind of insurance they have, it might be helpful in paying for some of the treatment.

 

What can I do if family or friends are opposed to doing an intervention?
Most people’s resistance is from their not understanding the experience we are striving to achieve. At no time will anyone be under attack, nor will it turn into a guilt and shaming event. Part of the preparation process is each person having the ability to work with the specialist so the most genuine and effective thoughts can be expressed.

 

What if they walk out?
That is part of what we’ll be working on in the preparation process. But this is seldom the case since expressed feelings are coming from a place of support rather than condemnation.

 

What if they get angry or combative?
Because this is not an attack, it’s unlikely there will be any outrage. More likely emotions will occur due to the collective support of caring people surrounding them. If there’s been a history of violence, this will be addressed in the early stages of assessment before the group gathers and appropriate precautions set in place.

 

How much time does an intervention take?
The preparation can vary due to how fast we need to work. Usually there is considerable work being done over the phone with participants ahead of time. It is preferred we all meet one time before the actual intervention which would mean meeting for several hours to work all details out together. The actual intervention proper generally takes 1-3 hours.

 

What can I expect?
• A sense of relief from taking positive action.
• Even change for the better is uncomfortable and unsettling so know this is a normal reaction to be feeling.
• A change from shame, blame, guilt and low self-worth toward new beginnings and choices.

 

What treatment facility do we use?
A detailed assessment will be taken to determine what treatment facility would deem best for the individual and family needs. Before any decision is made final, the family and treatment facility will be put in touch with one another so as to be assured the best decision is being made.


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