What is an Intervention Specialist?
An interventionist is an alcohol
and drug counselor who has specialized training in the intervention
process. The intervention process is meant to literally intervene
with the self-destructive behavior of the person in question and
prevent them from doing any more damage to themselves or those around
them. An intervention specialist organizes the family, friends and
loved ones and offers advice hours or even days before the confrontation
to ensure an effective intervention. Having the right intervention
specialist means that you are comfortable with him and trust his
advice and process.
An interventionist in general handles alcohol
interventions and drug
abuse interventions but professional drug interventions can
also be very specific in areas like drug
intervention in the workplace , drug
intervention for teens and juvenile intervention specialists
or even intervention
strategies for children of alcoholic parents. He or she will
be your drug intervention guide offering the topics
of family intervention for addiction.
How to hold an intervention for
a family member
Very few people know how to do
an alcohol intervention or drug interventions. The goal is intervention
for drug addict rehabilitation and treatment which involves research
and education on the part of the family. This is where a professional
interventionist is required to keep the discussion on the right
track to recovery and prevent loved ones from falling into old reactions
and behaviors that are not in the best interest of recovery.
An intervention for a family member should include friends and even
Anyone who is important to the drinker or drug user and who is affected
by his or her destructive behavior should be included in the intervention.
Making these arrangements can become complicated and an intervention
specialist can help organize the time required for the pre-intervention
meeting with the participants and deciding on the right location
and opportunity to come together. Interventions can be held in the
drinker’s home, at their office or in the home of a loved
one. Anywhere that is safe and comfortable for the participants.
Alcohol Intervention What to say
Your professional interventionist
will establish through initial interviews the urgency of the problem
and the required steps. What you would say to an older friend with
a heavy drinking problem is much different than what you would say
to your teenage daughter who is smoking speed and dropping out of
school to live with her boyfriend.
Simple interventions are based around asking the person to stop
drinking and using drugs. Bringing the problem into the light and
making the drinker aware that his or her behavior is negatively
affect others. Most interventions, even crisis interventions start
in this simple manner in an effort to judge with willingness and
openness of the drinker or drug user.
are conducted when drinking and drug use as created self-destructive
behavior that has resulted in or is about to result in tremendous
loss. Crisis interventions can be extremely effective after a recent
arrest, DUI, car crash and physical injury. When the consequences
are fresh and painful it is often easier to find the right things
to say and the drinker or drug user is often more willing to listen.
Topics of Family Intervention for
Alcoholism and drug addiction are
family diseases. Destructive behavior has often gone on for years
and families develop particular coping mechanisms that up to this
point have not been successful in changing the drinking or drug
behavior. Topics of family intervention for addiction and alcohol
abuse include introducing the family to the benefits of family counseling,
individual counseling and/or self-help groups.
Other topics for family
intervention involve educating the family on the nature of alcoholism
and drug addiction and understanding the often confusing behaviors
that surround the condition. The family and loved ones often don’t
understand their role in supporting or enabling the behavior when
every ounce of them wants the drinker or drug abuser to stop. Education
of family and loved ones is important to the intervention and critical
for long term treatment and sobriety.