Intervention Specialist

Intervention Specialist


An intervention specialist can assist family and friends in convincing an alcohol or drug-addicted loved one that treatment is their best option. Denial is a very strong component of addiction and that is a primary reason why it is so difficult to get an individual into counseling or a residential treatment program. Until the addict is forced to confront that there is a problem and that they do need help, it is unlikely that she will willingly admit to having a problem. A specialist is experienced and often certified in effectively planning and instituting an intervention and has been trained to answer the questions that may arise before or during an intervention. Addiction and its consequences affect not only the individual engaging in the behaviors but also those closest to her. Strong emotions are likely affecting the familyís ability to effectively communicate and by having a professional guide you through an intervention there is the benefit of having a neutral party mediate the session.

Those trained in intervention techniques have received a combination of training and education that enables them to understand the behaviors and thought processes of an addict to better navigate a successful intervention. It is important for a specialist to adhere to an ethical code of conduct in dealing with the needs of the individual and family. Every situation is unique and therefore each intervention plan will be customized to the individual circumstances of the addict. A complete history of the individual should be gathered in order to make an informed decision as to how to proceed. Once the situation is well-understood it is then appropriate for the interventionist to work with those involved in deciding where the addict will attend treatment, for how long, and how continuing recovery will be addressed. An interventionist is integral in educating those involved in the intervention by providing in-depth information regarding addiction, how a treatment center works, specific details regarding the center chosen, and what to expect in regards to recovery and when the individual returns home.

A trained specialist is capable of uniting the family to approach the person addicted to alcohol or drugs with compassion and love in place of creating an atmosphere that creates a feeling of being attacked. Studies have demonstrated that including an interventionist is beneficial as it frequently leads to the individual agreeing that there is a problem and they are ready to receive help. Additionally, when the individualís support system has been educated by the interventionist and understands how to change their own behaviors that were enabling the addict to continue using it is more likely that recovery will be a positive event. While there are a variety of models that interventionists utilize, a common belief amongst all of them is that it is not necessary to wait for an individual to hit rock bottom. By enlisting in the help of a neutral, outside resource the prospect of breaking through the individual addictís denial and getting them to agree to treatment is substantially better than waiting for the person to come to terms on their own or trying to intervene without the help of a professional.

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