How To Choose The Right Intervention Team

Kevin WoodIntervention

Sometimes you’ll need the assistance of an experienced intervention team to help a loved one break the cycle of addiction. You and your family might have attempted an intervention in the past, and it was unsuccessful, so now you’re considering professional help from an intervention specialist. However, it can be difficult to know what to look for. After all, you want the intervention to be successful this time around. Below we dive into the steps of a successful intervention, and what you should look for when you’re trying to find the best intervention professional.

What Steps Are Involved in the Intervention Process?

During an intervention, you gather people to help confront the loved one about their addiction and urge them to attend rehab. The intervention process commonly follows the steps below:

1. Make a Plan 

Successful interventions always follow a plan.
Since interventions are such emotionally charged situations it can be easy for things to fall apart if you haven’t adequately prepared. Your plan will include all of the family members you have present and their roles, as well as, an intervention professional who can often act as a mediator.

2. Form an Intervention Team

Your intervention team will include family members and non-family members who are dedicated to the sobriety of your loved one. The team will work together to present the message you agreed upon, that relies on facts, not their own interpretations of events. Usually, this team will meet up beforehand in order to rehearse the message they want to get across.

3. Outline What You’re Going to Say

Every team member should make notes that outline the incidents and events that took place while your loved one was under the influence. These notes will help you stay on track and present your case. These can also be read aloud in the form of an intervention letter. These situations can be emotional, financial, or something else entirely. Just make sure you’re recalling the actual events and aren’t using this as a time to shame them for their addiction.

4. Hold The Meeting 

When setting the date and holding the actual meeting make sure the your loved one isn’t aware that the intervention is taking place. During the meeting, each person will present their case and the treatment options they have available. Often, it can be helpful to have an ultimatum that puts pressure on your loved one to actually go to treatment.

5. Follow Up

You should make it as easy as possible for your loved one in need of treatment to follow through with the plan.
This means offering your unconditional support and even offering to transport them to the facility if need be. The more resistance and obstacles they have to overcome in order to actually get to treatment the higher their chances of success. This might also mean providing a healthy and safe environment upon return from treatment.

What to Look for in an Intervention Professional

If you’ve tried to hold an intervention in the past, but it was unsuccessful, then you might be considering seeking help from a qualified intervention professional. Below we highlight the main qualifications you’ll want to seek out:

1. Has Experience in the Addiction Being Treated

Every substance will affect a person differently. Some drugs will make people act more aggressive and hostile while other substances will make them more subdued. It’s important to seek out a counselor who has experience treating and working with individuals with the same addiction as your loved one.

2. Has The Right Professional Qualifications

There are a variety of professional qualifications that will help you determine if the person you’re thinking of working with is right for the job. For instance, usually they’ll hold a degree from a relevant field of study. Usually, the degree will pertain to social work of some kind. The Association of Intervention Specialists also provides a few levels of additional professional certification.

3. Has References and Experience

Although having the right professional qualifications is important, so is actual tangible experience, and references from other families and professionals.
By actually having experience doing real-world interventions and understanding how addicts actually react they’ll be much more valuable.
Since interventions are usually a very private matter, it can be difficult to obtain tangible references, so usually they’ll have more broad quotes that touch on the results they delivered. Also, one of the most important aspects of hiring the right intervention professional has to do with the level of comfort you feel around them. You must feel comfortable enough to share the most private details surrounding the addiction. If your loved one shows any of the following traits, you’ll definitely want the assistance of a professional:
  • Has any existing mental disorders
  • Is prone to violent behavior
  • Has a history of suicidal behavior
  • Or, is under the influence of many different substances
Intervention is something you’ll want to take seriously if you want it to be effective. By working with an intervention professional you’ll greatly increase your chances of the intervention being a success. Reach out to our highly trained staff today.