If a family member or loved one is in a situation where his or her addiction is becoming overwhelmingly detrimental, a logical step would be setting up an intervention. This may prove to be very difficult emotionally for some families and friends. Often times, families and friends of addicts have discovered that using an intervention service was extremely helpful in this situation. While there are many forms of an intervention and intervention specialists, it is important to keep in mind that not all are created equal. There are three main objectives you should keep in mind when hiring intervention specialists and what to expect to receive.
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- A personal approach – A great intervention service will get to know you, and won’t make you feel like you are just another customer. The approach taken by the interventionist should feel personal to you, and should aid when communication breakdown occurs between you and your person in question. Look for a qualified specialist to also provide a family map. These maps will provide a complete history and evaluation of every close person and loved one that is involved in the addicts’ life and routine. This will help the specialist in beginning to understand the situation. Once this is completed, these specialists can provide a focused effort and plan in leading the addict and family to recovery. A personal approach is very important in developing trust as well. The family, addict, and intervention should all feel comfortable with one another for the long haul as interventions are just one part of a bigger plan for recovery and healing.
- A Multitude of Solutions – Interventions should not be a one-off event that ends with no solution. Just like every person, every intervention must be treated in a very specific way to ensure success and results. An intervention specialist should be extremely knowledgeable on many models of intervention available, and what model would be most effective to your personal situation. One model available to the specialist is the systematic model. All family members of the addict are included in the intervention. This would allow the addict to feel that everyone would be going through it together. Another common method of intervention would be the compassionate invitational model. This model uses three phases to lead the addict in a comfortable way to recovery. While there are yet another wide variety of solutions, its important that your specialists understand your own situation. A great specialist would be able to work with the family or friends of their loved one to find the most successful approach to leading the person in question back to a healthy and clean lifestyle.
- Educational Background – When hiring a service to aid in the intervention, another important thing to keep in mind is whether or not they are a Board Registered Interventionist, or they have some form of educational background in the field of intervention. You should absolutely inquire about how long he or she has been doing interventions or how he or she conducts them. Board Registered Interventionists will typically have a 2 year minimum experience in handling interventions, as well as insurance and a code of ethics. A certified intervention specialist will help you feel more comfortable and confident that you are working with a professional that has dealt with a wide variety of people with many forms of addiction. This person will also be able to recount experiences to come up with the best way solution in handling your personal invention situation.
It is key to have professional help while undergoing this process to make sure it is an effective one. For more information contact us today.