An intervention is intended to help individuals and families who have suffered mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially as a result of a substance use disorder, behavioral or process addiction, or a mental health disorder.
We like to think of an intervention as an interruption to a path that is currently causing harm to an individual, and often times the ones they care about the most. When this interruption is created in a safe and loving space, an alternative path to hope and healing is created.
Whether a formal intervention is needed, or a different form of intervention is determined to be more beneficial, our trained interventionists and addiction professionals are here to guide families through this process.
When it comes to interventions, there are a lot of misconceptions about the methods or processes used to encourage a loved one to get the help they need. Learn more about common intervention myths below and the way in which we view interventions.
Our formal interventions are family-focused and approached in a loving, dignified, and non-shaming way. When experiencing the stress and turmoil of worrying about a loved one who is struggling with an addiction or mental health concern, it can be easy to give into anger and blame. That is why we are here to coach and support families throughout the entire intervention process.
The first step of the intervention process is an initial meeting. This will bring the family together to learn about the individual and discuss observed behaviors. An intervention team is formed when all members share the same vision. The intervention team can consist of family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or other influential people in the person’s life. We carefully select relationships that will have a positive impact on the process.
Another crucial step that we encourage families to partake in is writing an intervention letter. These letters are read aloud to help convince those in need to say “yes” to treatment. We provide families with a template to help them write powerful letters, full of emotion and honesty, to demonstrate why treatment is essential for their loved ones battling an addiction or mental health disorder.
It’s important to keep in mind that an intervention is a process, not necessarily a one-time event. They can occur over several consecutive days, or they can be spaced out, over the course of a few weeks.
Interventionists are trained specialists who approach interventions in a compassionate and non-shaming way, and build a strategy around what’s going on. They play a vital role in guiding individuals and families who want to stage an intervention to help someone they care about. Think of interventionists as part counselor, part problem solver, and sometimes referee. They have this incredible gift of being able to listen to concerns, assess the situation, and then come up with the best course of action that helps all parties while executing an effective intervention.
The role of an interventionist is to guide and instruct people, often family members, and friends, on how to conduct an intervention. They are usually involved from the very beginning, helping to choose the format for the intervention, outlining the structure for those involved, and taking charge of the planning process. They serve as the point person through the whole process and when they lead the intervention, there’s a greater opportunity for success.
With any intervention, the end goal is to have your loved one recognize there’s a problem and that they need help. An interventionist will help you gain a better understanding of what kind of help is available. During the intervention, your interventionist will give those involved a chance to speak so your loved one can see and hear how their actions are hurting those around them without embarrassing anyone. When an intervention happens without proper planning or supervision, mistakes can happen, and sparks can fly. Family and friends can get defensive. It can be hard to watch someone you love struggle, and you might feel the need to protect this person from any further harm. The more people involved in an intervention, the more personalities at play which means more mistakes can happen without a trained professional there to guide the process and counsel those involved. Sometimes, they have the magical words to neutralize some emotions while creating a safe and compassionate space where everyone feels heard and supported.
The main focus throughout the intervention process is to ensure that those struggling with an addiction or mental health concern receive the recommended level of treatment and care. Once this stage has been reached, our team can help individuals and their families navigate through the lifelong recovery journey. This often includes family coaching, which can help family members become a force that empowers long-term sobriety and healing for their loved ones.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or a mental health crisis, you don’t have to go through it alone. At Feinberg Consulting, our team of experienced professionals is committed to the health and wellness of you and your family. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will create lifelong healing and recovery.
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