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How to find the ideal Interventionist for your family

As families struggle with the realities of the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one, there tends to be an overall feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. This person that you love spirals further and further down and there is little you can do to help them. However, this does not have to be the case. There is a way you can help your addicted loved one get the help they need.

What is an Intervention?

Too many families are unaware of what an Intervention really involves. Most people have heard of them or seen a portrayal of them on television. Unfortunately these portrayals are often inaccurate. An intervention, in actuality, is a process that spans a few days or even weeks. It is a process involving the entire family.

What happens first is a concerned family member contacts an intervention specialist to initiate the process. The interventionist will then meet with the family and discuss the addiction of their loved one. This is when the preparation phase begins. Each family member who will take part in the intervention, will prepare thoughts that they would like to share at the intervention. They will talk about how the addiction has affected them personally as well as their relationship with the addicted family member.

When the time comes for the intervention the family, the interventionist and the addicted family member will sit down and have a meeting. The interventionist will explain why they are all present and what is going to happen. Then each family member will have a chance to share his or her prepared thoughts.

What is an Interventionist?

Paramount to the process of an intervention being successful is the help of a trained interventionist. This is a highly skilled mental health professional who has been educated in the process of addiction. They are also someone who has received training in how to therapeutically work with families as a whole. The interventionist will be the guide, source of information, mediator and counselor to the entire family through each stage of the process.

During the intervention it is necessary to rely on the expertise and experience of the interventionist. When families attempt to perform an intervention on their own it can often fail. This is because without the assistance of a third party an intervention can quickly become emotionally charged and turn the addicted family member away. The interventionists job is to make sure that each family member abides by the “rules” of the intervention. This way each person is protected from falling into the pitfalls that can sabotage an intervention.

An interventionist also realizes how much addiction is a family issue. When a family is closely tied it is not just the individual living with the addiction that feels the affects. Family members can inadvertently enable an addiction and further the problem. The interventionist will work to outline how this happens and how each family member can be a benefit to the person in recovery.

What Should I Look For In An Interventionist

An Interventionist will have a number of qualities to make them the ideal candidate for your family. The first is they should hold a degree from an accredited college or university. They should also have years of experience conducting successful interventions. One of the most important qualities they should possess is a personality that works well with your family. This person will be walking you through potentially one of the most emotional times in your life. You should have utmost comfort and confidence in this person. You should also feel an immediate comfort that they will be able to help your family achieve its goal of sobriety.

What is the Goal of An Intervention?

An intervention has several goals. The first is to convince your loved one that they need help and they need it soon. The second goal is to make sure that each member of the family receives the support and guidance that they need. Another goal is to prepare the family for what will happen in treatment and what will happen when treatment is complete. Recovery is a long-term process that requires maintenance every day. The intervention will prepare the whole family for what role they will play.

How Can An Interventionist Help My Family?

Intervention Services provides this service to families each and every week. They walk families in need through this process and ensure that it is as painless and smooth as possible. They can use the experience of previous interventions to help your loved one receive the help they need.

Before an intervention, addiction can be a very helpless and hopeless feeling for families and individuals. Before those first steps are taken it can feel like nothing will ever change. Thankfully, with the assistance of an Intervention Specialist help is out there. Change is a real possibility for families who are ready to begin the path to sobriety.