Do you need to consider an Intervention?

Do you or a loved one need help and need it now! This may be time for an intervention to change intolerable behavior.

Call me to discuss your concerns regarding your loved one. We will set up a two hour appointment to assess the issues and be ready to start the process immediately. If you are not able to come to my office we can arrange to meet in your home or I will travel to your area to begin the process.

 What is Intervention?

In an intervention, change is introduced to influence thoughts, feelings and behaviors to end the harmful effects of chemical dependency and denial of the problem. The overall objective of an intervention is to present “reality to a person out of touch with it in a receivable way.”

Another objective is to confront a person in a non-threatening way to tell them how their self-destructive behavior specifically affects themselves, family and friends. In a clear, respectful and loving way we tell the person exactly how his or her specific behavior/s/ have impacted their life. The immediate objective of an intervention is for the person to listen and receive information that is presented in an objective, nonjudgmental, and caring manner.

 How does it work?

We will meet to determine the appropriateness’ of the intervention, the preferred type, who will be involved, and how the intervention team will be gathered. We will also decide when and where the intervention will take place. This initial planning session will give the family time to evaluate my skills to determine if I am the right professional for you.

We will use pre written letters to help when we talk to the loved one being encouraged to seek help. A guideline of how and why to write the letter is provided to each participant team member and letters are discussed with other team members towards improving their impact during the intervention. What I bring to the table is my 30 plus years clinical experience (and my personal 30 plus years of recovery from alcoholism). What they bring to the team is their individual experiences and understanding of their loved one (the addicted one) and object of the intervention.

 Letter Guidelines

 Sample Letter

Next the whole team will be brought together to discuss, plan and strategize the intervention.

At this meeting individuals will be taught techniques and methods to use in discussing their concerns and issues with the alcoholic/addict. This meeting will also involve further discussions and updating of the intervention plan. Everyone will be given instructions for a homework assignment and the next meeting will be scheduled.

At the next meeting there will be a role-playing and rehearsal of the intervention process, without the addict/alcoholic present. This meeting will allow participants to practice and become familiar and comfortable with the intervention process.

The better prepared we all are the smoother the intervention. This meeting will also be used for last minute updates and planning. Following the last meeting of the group, the addict/alcoholic is brought in surprise contact with the group and my role will be one of facilitator to assure an orderly and loving confrontation occurs. Your role is primary and it is you who the person (loved one) will listen and respond to. In most cases a treatment option and program will have been chosen and will be ready to accept the loved one immediately after the intervention.

Seven to 10 days following the intervention, I will meet with the intervention team to debrief and discuss the intervention. Please remember the above is only to give you a probable picture of what an intervention could look like. For example, if the intervention is some distance from Portland, much of the planning would be done by phone one-on-one and conference calls. The team would meet to review our plans and letters, rehearse and role play with the actual intervention happening later that day or the next day.