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Five Questions to Consider Before an Intervention

The addiction of a loved one has brought you to the point where you are considering an intervention.  It is likely that heart-to-heart talks, anger and dishonesty have all been part of the interactions in recent weeks.  Like most families, you feel hopeless, frustration and tired.

Many families have heard about intervention.  Perhaps you have seen one on television and are hoping that just maybe an intervention will save your loved one’s job, marriage, freedom, health or life.  But before you do an intervention, here are five things that you should consider.

  1. Do we need a professional interventionist?

Not every intervention requires a professional interventionist.  Several good books are available.  However intervention is a singular opportunity.  It is critical to make the most of this opportunity by making sure that the planning, structure, selection of a treatment center and bottom lines are crafted for maximum effectiveness.  Situations where there are significant mental health issues, ingrained patterns of treatment and relapse, history of violence and others require the use of a professional.  If you decide that you need a professional you should always choose one who has a Master’s Degree and the highest degree of licensure available.

  1. What treatment center will we use?

The selection of a treatment center is one of the most important things to consider when planning an intervention.  Don’t base your decision on Internet research!  Every treatment center and every website is designed to get you to admit your loved one into their facility.  Factors such as geography, clinical philosophy, cost and insurance reimbursement, clinical outcomes and discharge planning all play a significant role in the selection process.

  1. Who will be a part of the intervention team?

Selection of the intervention team is a critical and often overlooked part of the intervention process.  Some selections are easy.  Yet because love is used to break down the walls of anger, resentment and denial, it is important to carefully craft the intervention team.  We often speak of at least one “wild card” whose presence will surprise the addict/alcoholic and make the outcome of choosing treatment even more likely.

  1. How will resistance be handled?

Dishonesty, anger and denial are all hallmarks of addiction.  As such, each is common within the intervention process.  Often professional interventionists have techniques that are effective in addressing these.  Prior to an intervention, the entire team should be aware of how these will be addressed while maintaining a loving and structured environment.

  1. What posture will the team take if the addict chooses addiction instead of recovery?

While rare when using a professional interventionist, about 10-15% of people who face an intervention choose not to enter recovery from their addiction.  This can be devastating to the family and intervention team.  Addiction is a worthy foe.  Still even those who don’t immediately enter treatment will do so soon if the intervention team maintains a commitment to recovery.  While this can take a number of forms, the family must remain consistent in their resolve to support recovery and NOT addiction!  Often times this is one of the most critical parts of an intervention.

Please feel free to contact Heartland Intervention, LLC at (877) 752-8811 or via email at with any questions regarding your loved one.  We are a leading provider of intervention services in Indiana and beyond.  Our founder Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, qualified DOT SAP and a Board Registered Interventionist


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