Family Interventions

Interventions do not have to be secretive or conspiratorial. Addressing legitimate concerns through a loving and respectful intervention can be a successful way to motivate a loved one into treatment for an addiction. A trained addiction interventionist can assist and support families through the intervention process.

Intervention Process

The family intervention process begins with a phone call to an addiction interventionist.The caller will be asked a series of questions regarding the individual with a substance use disorder. An initial assessment will be made to determine necessity and urgency of holding an intervention and any safety concerns that need to be addressed.

It is important for those wishing to intervene on behalf of a loved one to understand that a successful intervention is a process and not an event. When the concerned individual(s) decide to move forward with the intervention, a more in-depth assessment will occur to prepare for the actual intervention and treatment plan. In many cases a team of friends and family are gathered to create an “intervention team.”

Addiction Interventionist

An addiction interventionist is responsible for determining the particular model and approach to use for the intervention, family education, and guidance through the process. An intervention team is formed made of people who care about the individual with the substance use disorder. The intervention team will collaborate with the interventionist on issues including safety, timing and participation, location, treatment center selection, transportation needs, and family member responsibilities while their loved one is receiving treatment.

If you have additional questions about intervention services, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what point should I seek help for my loved one?

If you suspect that there is a problem, you don’t have to face it alone. A professional can provide clarity and help to determine if a problem exists and how to address it.

Is there anything I should not do when confronting a loved one?

Blaming, shaming, threatening and demeaning are ineffective intervention tools. To break through to a loved one in an intervention, statements of fact should be communicated in a level of compassion and care, known as “CAREfrontation.”

What is an “interventionist” and where do I find one?

An addiction interventionist is a professional who is skillfully trained to work with families and loved ones to intervene in the life of an individual with a substance use disorder. They coordinate interventions with knowledge of the disease and experience of working with others who have faced the same battle. Interventionists provide guidance as neutral, unbiased mediators while following a strict protocol. COCA can be a resource to connect families with an addiction interventionist in the Berks County area.

Do I need an interventionist?

If you wish to intervene with a loved one’s addiction, you may benefit from the support of an interventionist. Without proper assistance, an unmediated intervention could cause more harm than good to both the family and the individual with a substance abuse disorder. The nature of addiction often brings about strong feelings and emotions surrounding both the individual with a substance use disorder and their loved ones. The role of a professionally trained interventionist is extremely important to ensure a certain protocol is followed. The interventionist can monitor the situation, arbitrate when necessary, and advise the family, while also offering encouragement to all involved parties.

Who’s involved in an intervention?

Those that who are significant in the lives of an individual with a substance use disorder should be present for an intervention. These may include; family members, friends, coworkers, clergy, etc. A professional interventionist is vital in determining who should be involved in a family intervention. Only those who are in full support of the intervention should be present.

What can I expect from an intervention?

Intervention is designed to motivate an individual with a substance use disorder to take steps towards recovery. After an intervention, the individual does not always take these recommended steps. However, regardless of whether or not treatment is accessed, the individual’s loved ones have gained a better awareness of the disease of addiction. They now understand the significance of the problem and have identified supportive resources and an identified course of treatment appropriate for both themselves and their loved one.

Is an intervention always successful?

Regardless if the individual with a substance use disorder gets help, the facts of his/her condition have now been openly presented. The addiction is no longer a secret and the intervention can allow the family to engage in their own journey of recovery. It is important to note that the individual with a substance use disorder does not always enter treatment; however, they have gained the awareness that everyone surrounding them knows and understands what is needed to address the problem.