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Main Qualities of a Professional Intervention Specialist

Friends and family in a group intervention.

Main Qualities of a Professional Intervention Specialist

April 17, 2017

An intervention refers to a lot more than just a meeting to tell someone that they have a problem. It is a support system for your friend or loved one who has been dealing with a self-destructive compulsion (in this case, drug or alcohol addiction). The goal of the intervention meeting is to convince the person that they need help and should be open to seeking it. However, with the person being in such a sensitive state, an intervention needs to be handled carefully. It is not meant to be done off-the-cuff without any planning. One of the best ways to make sure that the intervention is performed properly is through a professional interventionist. Here are some of the main qualities that you'll find with an intervention specialist.


The role of an Interventionist

A professional interventionist sets up the meeting with a customized approach. They do this by talking to the loved ones of the person in order to determine what kind of approach is best. Some require a stern, more direct approach. Others work best under a calmer, more sensitive form of communication. But in either case, the interventionist advises that everyone communicate from a place of love. A selfless, clear-headed approach to the person will make a huge difference.


Picking the right people

A big part of picking the right approach is picking the right people. An intervention is not a party where anyone the person knows can come. It is a place of support for the person who is addicted. This means that the only people present should be those who can understand, support and love this person. It may seem hard to leave out someone else, but if they pose any threat or unnecessary stress, then their presence wouldn’t bring any support.


Provide guidance to the people

Although the chosen family and friends know the person best, they are still not professional intervention specialists. That is why they require preparation and guidance for how an ideal intervention is supposed to move. It is like a play, where everyone has to learn his or her role in the play. However, it is not as stressful as memorizing lines. The only real requirement of everyone is to know their specific purpose and support the person. Some people don’t even have to say anything. They can just sit there to let the person know that you are there for them.


Love and support

At the end of the day, an intervention specialist is meant to help the person who is under the control of drugs/alcohol. And yet, that help means balancing both stern truth and loving support. The interventionist is a professional, but they are nothing without the support of the family and friends of the person. For more information on our services and practice, please feel free to contact Recovery Care Partner today.