When should I intervene?

Interventions are oftentimes the first step in the recovery process. The deception brought on by the disease fools the person with the problem into thinking they can manage it. After spending endless amounts of time in irrational and self-destructive behavior, an addict will minimize their condition or insist there is nothing wrong. The inability to stop or control the obsession frequently manifests into severe forms of denial, distorted cognitive thoughts and life threatening repercussions. Penetrating these defenses without professional assistance – no matter how concerned, loving or hard friends and families try – can be exhausting.

Do interventions work?

The intervention process works. Most chemically dependent people and those trapped in other compulsive behaviors who undergo an intervention make the decision to enter treatment. It is believed that interventions have a 90-95% success rate when done under the guidance and supervision of a qualified intervention specialist, along with the help of other people who exert an influence on the individual needing the intervention.

Doesn’t the person have to be ready to get help?

The answer to this question is no. A person does not have to be ready to get help. In my experience, most people suffering from addiction want freedom from it. Thinking it can be controlled is what makes addiction so cunning, baffling and powerful. Once it has taken hold, the inability to stop or stay stopped becomes very discouraging. As the dependency increases, the brain slips further and further into the confines of the disease. Ready or not, being rescued is sometimes the only way out.

What is the greatest obstacle to entering treatment?

Denial. It is a challenge to penetrate and common side effect of the disease. Those closest to the addict can experience their own forms of denial as well. Some minimize the severity of the situation, are enabling, cling to a false sense of hope that the person will somehow manage the problem or it will eventually go away. Others may become angry, distance themselves, take it personally, view it as a moral issue or believe nothing can be done.

One way to overcome denial and learn how to effectively deal with addiction is through intervention. Prepared for properly – and facilitated appropriately – interventions give participants new insight about this medical condition and are highly successful at persuading someone to begin a treatment program of recovery.

Can’t I just perform the intervention myself?

While doing an intervention yourself is possible, it is not recommended for several reasons. Lack of safeguards, breakdown occurring and failure resulting are just a few. A well qualified and experienced interventionist will do everything possible to prevent these risks and increase the overall odds for success. When doing an intervention, we only get one bite at the apple, so if there is any doubt, don’t hesitate to involve the services of a professional.

What happens if we don’t intervene?

The disease of alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders and mental health related issues can be all consuming, chronic and progressive. Sadly enough, if left untreated, the results can be fatal. It is the unfortunate and serious nature of these medical conditions.

What if they won’t go to treatment?

In the event your loved one doesn’t immediately accept our help, safety measures are in place to continue moving them toward that direction. Healthy boundaries and support for their recovery reinforces this message.

What happens after treatment?

Intervention Allies remains a part of your loved one’s team and can be called upon at any time. Our commitment extends beyond getting your loved one into treatment. We are equally concerned that your loved one completes treatment and has an effective aftercare plan. This may include extended care, outpatient services or a structured sober living alternative. A continuum of care that supports and strengthens their recovery is essential. The step down phase is an important component to our overall strategy.

Why should I trust you to be my interventionist?

Our success is among the highest you will find throughout the industry. We are certified, insured, experienced and very passionate about this specialized area of addiction treatment. Many families have indicated that without our assistance, they don’t think their loved one would have made it to rehab.

Carmine Thompson, CAC, CIP
Founder, Intervention Specialist

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