A joke. That’s what interventions are. Somewhere along the line in the hazy history of sitcoms from the 70s up through the 2000s, there were many shows (and cartoons) that depicted the intervention as a comical device aimed at highlighting a silly fixation or obsession a character has come upon. The whole cast would get together, sit the person down, and break it to them: we know about your addiction. It’s tearing your life and our life apart and we have to acknowledge the elephant in the room: you need help. Something has to change, otherwise this can’t continue as is. The main character surrenders and promises to stop obsessively trimming the hedges—or whatever mundane task is comically taken to the extreme. While a joke on your favorite sitcom growing up, it’s no joke at all in real life, and interventions will not go as smoothly without a skilled interventionist to manage them.
What is an Intervention Really?
An intervention is counseling, really. An intervention is like driving on the highway and forcefully swerving into a love one’s lane in front of them to block them from uncontrollably speeding. And like real life, the outcome is not always good, sometimes they choose to change tracks and go ahead of you anyways.
Metaphors aside, interventions are to prevent you or a loved one from succumbing to your addiction and letting it drive you all the way to rock bottom. If you’ve ever been to rock bottom, you’d know the bottom is fake, there’s always a floor lower than you anticipated. It just gets worse until one day…you’ve gone too far. A look into the statistics behind the number of drug and alcohol overdoses every year in the United States is a chilling example of this in action.
Few people overdose intentionally—the distinction in intent is the difference between overdose and suicide. Most people who are in the throes of addiction do not overdose intentionally; this is very important to understand. It truly highlights how a strong addiction makes a person lose complete and utter control. Without external help and support, it is difficult to break out of this.
An intervention is one of the first tools on the road to recovery that can help disrupt the pattern of substance use disorders.
What Does an Interventionist Do?
At Recovery Care Partner, we specialize in offering intervention services for those in need. Our skilled intervention specialists have ample experience in this space and have conducted many successful interventions. It’s always a wonder what honesty, compassion, and expertise combined can provide for people who are suffering.
Intervention specialists can take the concept of the intervention and anticipate what sorts of resistance the addict may put up or common problems and rationalizations that pop up. This is the most important thing, as well-meaning family and friends are not well-rehearsed in dealing with the often-smooth ways in which addicts are accustomed to excusing their behaviors and habits. This will only hurt them if we cannot defuse these arguments with clarity.
It’s not unusual for an intervention to reach a “breaking point” and the addict in question will break down and admit to their addiction. This can be such a heartbreaking moment for friends and family who knew all along but are confronted with the reality themselves—the truth. However, these tears and changes in disposition are ultimately a good thing. Before we can seek to remedy our problems, we must confront them bravely and openly.
Once the addict—with the help of the interventionist and family, has openly stated what they hid for so long, that is when true healing can begin. Dragging your problems out into the light is the first step towards true recovery. Hiding your addiction makes it nearly impossible to receive treatment for it.
Intervention Specialist in Virginia
Recovery Care Partner has conducted many successful interventions; we know that the success rate of an intervention depends first and foremost on approaching the situation with compassion, skill, and most importantly an uncompromising belief that the subject can be helped. For us, there is no situation or addiction that cannot be successfully treated.
Our clients can sense this and know that when they visit our facilities for treatment, they are working with people who truly care about the outcome.
If you or a loved one has an issue that they are unwilling to admit or discuss, it’s perhaps time to stage a professional intervention so that they do not continue to hurt themselves and others.
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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 the 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.
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