The Professional’s Role in an Intervention

Frustration, confusion, exhaustion, and hopelessness are present in some form with every family we work with through the intervention process. These emotions are natural and understandable for families seeking help for a loved one struggling with addiction, but they don’t have to be permanent.

By the time a family reaches the point where an intervention is necessary, fear is generally at an all-time high. Family members are at odds with one other. There’s very little clarity on what to do and how to do it.

At Feinberg Consulting, we believe that family support can be a make-or-break factor in the recovery process. That’s why we take a family-first approach to the intervention process, helping families create an environment where a loved one is most likely to accept the help he or she needs.

Unfortunately, the intervention process is rarely a straight line. The professional’s role is to keep families out of crisis mode leading up to an intervention and focused on what they can do to support their loved one’s recovery. We use a proven, multi-step process that equips families with the tools and strategies they need to create a successful intervention and set the tone for life-long healing.

With interventions, it’s all about context. Does the person struggling with addiction feel the love and support of their family… or not? Is the family clear, consistent, and aligned in what they want for their loved one… or not?

Along with the education and coaching we provide to families leading up to the actual intervention, we also stage a rehearsal intervention to ensure a family is fully prepared. All the logistics — who, what, when, where, and how — are figured out in advance.

In an intervention, there’s no place for emotion to take over. Everyone has to be on the same page, and all objections have to be overcome beforehand. This is generally not the case when families attempt interventions without professional support, which is why they often fail.

With a team of professionals on your side throughout the intervention process, a clear focus emerges. Family members can focus on being the “interruption” that ends the ruthless cycle of addiction and creates a new path and new possibilities for their loved one.

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