A Guide to Finding a Good Interventionist

1. March 2016

If a loved one is struggling with addiction or alcoholism and they are refusing help it maybe time to have an intervention. An intervention “a deliberate process by which change is introduced into peoples’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors.” The goal of an intervention is to approach a loved one in a non-threatening way and explain to them how their addiction is destroying their life. Along with the damage they are causing to themselves they are causing pain and anguish in the lives of the people closest to them.

An intervention usually involves around 3-6 people who are closest to the one who is struggling. Interventions are non-confrontational, it is very important for the people involved in the intervention to stay calm and express their concerns in a calm, clear and respectful way. The goal of an intervention is to get the person struggling to seek help for their issue. Going into an intervention without the help of a professional interventionist can be overwhelming. Many people will hire a professional interventionist, it’s very important that they choose a well qualified and an appropriate interventionist for their particular situation.

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Qualifications And Intervention Process

The educational qualifications for an interventionist will vary depending on what you are looking for. Some interventionists will have a master’s degree while some may just have a high school diploma. A higher education does not always equal a better understanding of addiction. A lot of interventionists are in recovery themselves, this will allow them to relate to your loved one first hand. Having struggled with addiction they can share their experience, strength and hope during the intervention. All interventionists will be an expert on addiction, alcoholism and other mental health issues. Interventionist are required to be licensed through National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists (NADAI). They need either 1 year or 1,000 hours of experience or a 4-year degree in behavioral science or a related field. They must have excellent communication skills and be able to handle stressful and sometimes dangerous situations.

An interventionist is not a counselor for the family and addict but a guide to help everyone achieve the goal, to get the person struggle to seek help. An interventionist is usually hired a week or two prior to the intervention taking place. In those weeks leading up to the intervention they will have several conversations or meetings with the family. This will let them gather information and build an individualized plan of action designed around the addict’s specific needs. They will help the family prepare for the difficult conversation that is in their future.

The Role Of An Interventionist

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An interventionist has various roles. They are an addiction expect, they can answer any and all questions regarding addiction and the issues that go along with it. They are a coach to the family, they will help them prepare and will encourage them to speak their minds. During the intervention they take the role of a referee. An interventionist will make sure that everyone is speaking in order and will help keep the room calm and collected. They are also a host, they will start the intervention, keep it moving at a steady pace and end it when they deem necessary.

Some interventionists will stay involved after the intervention has been finished. If the person struggling agreed to get help the interventionist can continue to help. They can help place the person into an inpatient detox and treatment center that meets their specific needs. They can stay in contact with that person throughout their stay in a treatment center and in their early days of recovery. They may take the role of a sober coach using their expertise to keep them on the right track towards a new life.

Is A Loved One Struggling?

Is  a loved one is struggling and could benefit from an intervention then reach out to us today. Contact Intervention Services now at 1-877-478-4621 to start the process of recovery. You don’t need to wait for things to get worse. An intervention can stop the pain and the chaos and. Bring peace of mind to you and your family, there is no charge to speak with one of our representatives, call today.