How Does an Intervention Specialist Work?

How Does an Intervention Specialist Work?

Intervention specialists are able to help a group of people gather to support an individual with addiction. A loved one with addiction can be hard to deal with in terms of how best to confront the addiction and not scare the individual in the approach. A specialist can help by being present and planning the event to ensure all goes smoothly.

Goals of Interventions

Different substance abuse addiction strategies exist to support the idea of intervention. A specialist often has a few important goals. Intervention specialist goals must be met before, during and after an intervention to be successful. Some common intervention specialist goals include:

  • Arrangement or recommendation of suitable treatment facility
  • Assisting loved ones with making person with addiction realize need for help
  • Education of loved ones and people with addiction on substance abuse issues
  • Keeping interventions on track
  • Preparation for intervention

How it Happens

Stage 1: Prepare

An intervention takes lots of planning ahead of time to make sure it goes smoothly. Typically with the help of a specialist, the individual will help the group decide on a time and place and help prepare the person for what to say. Interventionists bring experience and knowledge as well as objectives to help.

Stage 2: The Big Day

When a person with addiction arrives, the individual will find out what is going on. The specialist will have everyone sit and listen to the person with addiction if he or she is willing. Once the person is able to speak and listen to others, the specialist will explain why the group cares enough to do this. Worries about substance abuse will be voiced and each member will take turns confronting the person with addiction and how it affects everyone there.

Stage 3: Now What?

After an intervention, a person with addiction must make a choice to seek help or face consequences. If a person with addiction chooses treatment, a specialist will usually help find suitable options to help meet individual needs. This may include residential rehab or other settings. If a person with addiction does not agree to treatment, the group must be ready to enact tough love and consequences. Some families may exclude a person with addiction from family gatherings to keep the individual from seeing children or others until treatment is sought.

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