The goal of an intervention is to change an addicted loved one’s patterns of dependence, alter thinking so that realization of the effects of substance abuse or obsessive behavior can not only finally begin but can be acted upon. While the pure motivations of love and compassion from family and friends can help in directing the addicted relative toward treatment, it takes a far more structured approach to ensure the treatment sticks, so that true recovery can enter the life of the addict. The powerful instrument for emotional change that is an intervention is the solution, but, like any complex tool, it should be guided by an individual intimately acquainted with its operation. An interventionist, a trained and experienced counselor with the combined knowledge of hundreds of interventions, is the must-have person to coordinate and orchestrate the process, a guiding force that will take the raw energies of the family group and create a strong, united support team.
Employing proven models of intervention, the ability to sit down and develop a rapport with leading members of a group, and to direct that group into a structured planning stage, an interventionist takes the coarse initial planning of the group and transforms the proceedings into a professionally organized, formal intervention. Every member now has a clearly labelled role in the intervention. Small groups separate to do the groundwork on the effects of substances, learning of the symptoms and different states of mind that may be encountered. Powerful statements of love, concern, and the need for change, are memorized or written down.
Planning is the Foundation for Success
The exhaustive planning and investigation phase of the strategy uncovers many disturbing facts. New Mexico, for instance, is a high risk state for drug-related deaths, with over 470 deaths reported in one year (www.whitehouse.gov). Dealing with such information is part of the duties of a Roswell Interventionist, but the family group must also deflect much of the impact of these figures, concentrating on the goal.
Be specific in delivering desires for change, and aim for success by making the loved one accept accountability for his or her addictive actions. Finally, directing the addicted relative into a rehabilitation center, underscore the seriousness of the situation with consequences for checking out of the program. The intervention is over but recovery has just begun, with follow-up visits to ensure relapse doesn’t occur.