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Traits of a Great Interventionist

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Traits of a Great Interventionist

March 4, 2019

Not all people are created equal; neither are interventionists. A person that is severely addicted – whether it is gambling, drugs, alcohol, sex, food, or other means – will typically not want to go to treatment. The job of an interventionist is simple: interrupt an addicted person’s negative life choices long enough to hopefully inspire a change, such as agreeing to go to an inpatient rehab. The goal of any intervention is to ultimately help and heal the addicted person, and subsequently, the health of the family.

What to Look for in an Interventionist

Research suggests that interventions work about 9/10 times. An intervention lets an addict know that their behavior is clearly over the line; it lets an addict know that they are not just hurting themselves but that they are negatively affecting the people that are closest to them. Our interventionists aim to educate, encourage, and support your loved one during their battle with addiction. Aiding the process of transitioning into a sober life often starts with an intervention, so it is key to hire an experienced professional the first time-round.

  • Look for an interventionist that has a long and successful track record. How many interventions have they facilitated? What is their success rate and how long have they been practicing?
  • An interventionist needs to think quickly, calmly, and efficiently. They are trained to handle an addict’s rebuttals in a calm and controlled manner. The job of an interventionist is not to shame or attack the addict; rather, their job is to make an addict understand that the intervention is coming from a place of love.
  • If your addicted loved one has a dual-diagnosis, such as a mental health disorder like anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia, be sure to tell the interventionist or addiction consulting service ahead of time. Many interventionists specialize in dual-diagnosis cases, and they can be a valuable asset when trying to get the help your loved one needs.
  • Often times, interventionists can partner with your health insurance to provide a reduced rate. Getting your loved one the help he/she needs doesn’t have to leave your family crippled with debt.
  • The interventionist should always have an emphasis on the involvement of the family. Gathering the addict’s circle of friends, partner, and family is an effective way to gently nudge them in theintervention services right direction. An interventionist should understand the importance of friends and family and how they can help an addict finally take the first step.
  • An interventionist should have a clear plan laid out. Is the goal inpatient treatment? Is it anger management? Is it getting back on their medication? Every step needs to be thought through thoroughly to determine the best course of action.

Interventionist in Virginia

Recovery Care Partner understands the importance of interventions. Addiction is a crippling disease that is also the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Professional support is not just recommended; it requires a trained professional to tackle something as important as this. We treat life-threatening circumstances with compassion, love, and understanding, while being firm, professional, and clear in direction. We highly choreograph and plan our interventions to deal with the anger, fear, and anxiety that will ultimately arise from the situation. We offer interventionists in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Connecticut, and the DC/Baltimore region.

If you are ready for change, contact us at (855) 727-2887 or visit our contact page for more information.