An Interventionist’s Perspective
What is an Interventionist?
An interventionist is an individual who helps families plan and executes an organized meeting where the group encourages a loved one to enter addiction treatment. An interventionist may hold certifications for their training.
When hired, interventionists directly contact loved ones about someone’s active addiction for days to weeks before the intervention. The interventionist spends most of their time educating friends or family members on the process and specifics of addiction.
They may only have limited contact with the addict themselves or spend time taking the addict to a treatment center immediately after the intervention. An interventionist perspective helps increase the odds of a loved one entering addiction treatment.
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Understanding an Intervention
An intervention usually involves 5-6 people based on their relationship with the addict. The interventionist may be present as well. An intervention serves as a wake-up call to the addict. Most addicts have low insight and do not or will not recognize they have a problem. Gathering people together who the addict loves and respects may be one of the only ways to convince an addict that a problem exists.
By the time loved ones consider an intervention, they have usually tried other avenues to help the addict. One of the most challenging parts of addiction is the denial the addict frequently uses. Most addicts believe they are fine or that their behaviors are not “that bad.” They may think everyone else overreacts or that rehab is only for people who are much “worse” than they are.
When loved ones try to have honest and real conversations with an addict, it may end in an argument, or the addict uses denial to end the conversation. Interventions aim to share a concern, provide loving support to the addict, and offer treatment as an immediate next step. Some family members view an intervention as the only way to save the life of a person struggling with an addiction.
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Who Can Benefit From an Intervention?
Individuals who have a history of serious mental illness, violence, take various substances, or are suicidal are recommended to have a professional interventionist involved in the intervention. If someone has already been to addiction treatment once and has relapsed, an interventionist may help the discussion. Others who can benefit from having an interventionist perspective present are friends or family members who have a strained relationship with the addict, borderline emotions with participating members, or trust issues between the addict and the other participants.
An interventionist perspective serves as an expert on addiction and the addiction treatment process and can answer participants’ questions about what to expect. They also start the intervention, moderate, and end the intervention. In some situations, they drive the addict directly to addiction treatment and help facilitate their admission.
How do I Find an Interventionist?
Some respected rehab centers also have interventionists they can recommend. Professional addiction therapists also may have referenced and trusted interventionists they can refer. It is recommended you interview any interventionist. Asking for references is a good idea. Ultimately friends and family need to be comfortable with the interventionist. They may choose someone who seems to click with them and who understands their dynamic.
A well-planned and well-executed intervention can save your loved one’s life. One that does not go well can prolong harmful addictions and fracture trusted relationships. Sometimes initial discussions with an experienced interventionist do not result in an intervention. The interventionist may recognize issues or alternate means of success, saving time, money, and emotional turmoil.
Or the interventionist may recommend different timing or additional preparation before sitting down with friends and family members. The right interventionist will educate and assess before committing to an intervention.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
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How to Get Help
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we are ready to answer your questions and guide you during this unfamiliar time. We help families start on the recovery journey and give you the tools for long term success. Choosing to accept help is the first step to increased joy in your life.
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