The Intervention Process
Before the Intervention
Family and friends may initially be apprehensive and confused. They may be ambivalent about whether or not to do the intervention. Some may be afraid of the person, others may be angry. The goal is to move from this disorganized and chaotic state to a cohesive, focused group. To do this, the participants will meet with the leader beforehand to educate themselves about the addiction. In this meeting the best course of action will be determined. This includes identifying participants who should be involved, exploring appropriate treatment options, and preparing the individuals on what each will say. This preparation often involves several meetings, telephone calls, and culminates in a practice session immediately prior to the Intervention. The time varies, but the process is usually contained within one to two weeks. In certain circumstances it can be accelerated to accommodate the situation.
The Family Intervention Day
Imagine family, friends, work colleagues and an intervention leader entering a man’s home or office. As the leader ensures the process is orderly and safe, the man hears how much he means to everyone there, how he affects them with his behavior, and what they want their relationship with him to be in the future. Then the man is asked to accept help now; appropriate arrangements are already in place. The tone is loving, respectful and supportive, but firm; there is no debate. Seeing his many loved ones, friends and colleagues together, the man hears what they say and knows he can no longer hide his problem. Nor does he want to. Transportation to a treatment facility is provided.
After the Intervention
Much remains to be done. The education process continues. Participants follow through on
their plans for helping themselves. Richard and his associates are there every step of the
way, day and night, to answer your questions. You never have to be afraid to call. There is
always ongoing follow up with a patients progress throughout treatment.
Not all Interventions are the same
Because each family situation is different, the scope and approach to each intervention must vary accordingly. What may be practical and appropriate for one family may not be for another. For example, some family interventions require several weeks of preparation, others can be done in a few hours or days. Some have a designated “intervention day” on which a formal intervention occurs, others not. Some family interventions have a professional leader present, others not. Interventions vary by location. Some are a surprise, others are not. Sometimes a great deal of family education takes place before the intervention, in others it takes place afterward.