Recovery Inc. has licensed professional interventionist who specializes in substance abuse and mental health treatment. His personal experience in heroin addiction makes him the best interventionist to help you and your family plan a conversation about treatment.
Part of his process is to work backward and start by creating a plan of how to help the addict before ever approaching them. We want to be prepared. The worst thing that can happen is to begin a conversation without having a safe place for the addict to go. Based on your resources, Sam and his team will help you find a safe place where the addict can get help.
What is an Interventionist?
A professional interventionist helps the family and loved ones of the addict regain control of their lives. If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol you feel powerless over their addiction. In some cases, without realizing it, you may be enabling the addict by your behavior. You no longer have to put up with the turmoil the addict brings to your life. Instead of enabling, you can begin helping.
A good interventionist like Sam understands that the recovery process starts with the family. Once you understand how to behave with the addict in your life, the interventionist will help the addict get sober.
Once the interventionist along with the family comes up with a plan, the interventionist helps the addict gain hope in the possibility of achieving sobriety. He helps them take responsibility for their actions and for the solution to their problems. Most likely, drugs or alcohol are the cause of most of the problems in an addict’s life. After treatment, when the substance is removed from their lives, they can begin rebuilding their relationships, health, and finances.
What Does an Interventionist Do?
The role of an interventionist is to help the addict see their own responsibility in their addiction. Once this is established, the addict can become susceptible to seeking help.
How does the interventionist do this? He first assesses who needs to be present at the intervention. Before ever approaching the addict, treatment options need to be examined. Based on your resources, such as your insurance policy or your budget, he will come up with the best treatment plan to suit the addict’s needs.
Once the addict is in treatment, the family probably needs more counseling on how to behave once they return from treatment. A good interventionist will show you how to be supportive, without being overbearing or enabling.
The 4 Types of Interventions
A crisis intervention, as implied by the name is a critical moment for the addict and the family. A crisis intervention is usually needed at the end of the line, when the addict has overdosed, is suicidal, or is becoming violent. Often these types of interventions result in the addict lying, manipulating, and passing the blame. Sam specializes in breaking down walls in these situations to gain the addict’s trust. He does this by sharing his own experience in his own addiction along with the pain he caused his own family and what he has done to repair it.
A simple intervention is a one-on-one meeting between the interventionist and the addict. This is a less chaotic conversation in which the addict may not even realize they have a problem, but their loved ones see an issue. Sometimes, the addict just needs to know that someone cared enough about them to ask an interventionist for help.
Before a classic intervention, also known as the Johnson model, all the family members are educated on their part in their loved one’s addiction. All possible outcomes of the intervention are discussed. Then the whole family gets to share their feelings about the substance user’s addiction. This type of intervention leaves room for the family to express how their loved one’s addiction affected them.
Having a professional interventionist present to mediate is crucial for this style of intervention. These types of interventions often get emotional and the interventionist specializes in bring the conversation back on topic.
A family-style intervention deals with more than one person. One person may be addicted to a substance while the other person is enabling their habits through co-dependent actions. Both the addict and the co-dependent loved one’s part in the relationship needs to be addressed. This is also true when there are severe conflicts amongst one of the family members and the addict.
A family-style intervention is also needed when two or more of the family members are in active addiction. This is common in couples and siblings, though it can occur anywhere within the family. This intervention helps with the conflict in the family and deals with codependent relationships.
The Goal of Interventions
Most families have already tried many ways to get their loved ones to seek help for their addiction. However, as a professional interventionist, it is Sam’s job to help the substance abuser in your life see that sobriety is possible. He, himself, is a recovering drug addict with multiple years sober. He understands addiction first hand and he knows recovery.
It is his goal for the addict to trust him, as he has been in their shoes. An interventionist inspires hope in the possibility of a new and better life.
The ultimate goal of any intervention is for the addict or alcoholic to seek treatment. Before any intervention, these resources are available for your loved one once they are ready. The choice is theirs. Your family, along with the interventionist help them see that it is possible.
What if the Addict Relapsed?
If the addict in your life has already been in treatment and has relapsed, they experience shame and guilt over their failure to get clean. However, as a professional interventionist, Sam doesn’t see this as a failure. He sees this as a learning experience from which the addict has the opportunity to analyze what they missed in their recovery process and build on it.