If you want to help someone in your family overcome their drug or alcohol addiction but feel confused and overwhelmed about which steps to take, Smarmore’s intervention specialists can help you with the process.
An intervention specialist will help you plan an intervention with the aim of getting your loved one into addiction treatment. While many people choose to stage an intervention without the help of a professional interventionist, most find that emotions often derail the process along with their efforts to help their loved one. An interventionist will not only help you prepare for the intervention beforehand, but they will also keep the process on track by guiding communication.
When seeking an interventionist, ask which approach they take, how they work with the family, and how successful their experiences with families have been. A family intervention specialist should be able to provide an estimate of his or her fees for services.
The interventionist might charge an hourly fee or a flat rate.
Be sure that you understand the total amount of fees that will be charged so there are no surprises that could interfere with your loved one going to rehab.
You should also ask for two or three references and talk to those references to compare their experiences. If you decide to use a family interventionist, you might want to consider acting as a reference for other families in future. This way, you can help your own family member and provide assistance for others who find themselves in similar situations.
An interventionist will provide you with a timeline for setting up the intervention and being prepared to take action immediately afterwards.
There are many different styles of intervention, some of which might be more appropriate for your loved one. Planning the treatment process and making arrangements for the day of the intervention is something the interventionist will do themselves or assist you in doing.
Above all, an interventionist should provide you with realistic hope: there is a good chance your loved one will agree to go to treatment, but you must also consider that they are not yet ready to admit to their problem with drugs and alcohol or other mental health issues.
Whatever the result, you and your family will be prepared.
Last updated & clinically assessed 24 May, 2022