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Intervention Strategies


The process of intervening on a loved one who needs help to move out of addiction and back into their life can be confusing and frustrating for families and friends. Untrained professionals may cause more harm than good to both the addicted person and their loved ones. It is important that anyone considering this important recovery tool check the credentials and experience of the interventionist before moving forward. When done correctly, interventions save lives.

Far too often families and loved ones think the addicted person has to "hit bottom" before he/she will receive help. This antiquated thinking persists in our culture despite evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately in this day and age hitting bottom often results in death. 

Many people are surprised to learn that an individual who enters treatment as the result of an intervention has the same opportunity for full recovery as a person who self-admits.

Few people who suffer from addiction choose treatment on their own due to many factors. Neurological confusion prevents clear thinking and reality is blocked. In the throes of addiction most people truly believe that they can quit on their own, despite evidence to the contrary. This is why addiction is known as a truly baffling disease. It is very difficult for the addict to do much more than manipulate, placate, intellectualize, blame, isolate, control, rebel, cheat or steal to feed the disease.

Although addiction is considered a disease by the medical profession, most of an addict’s loved ones cling to the belief that he/she will come to their senses and stop. This is what addiction professionals call magical thinking.

Nancy’s intervention process always begins with an understanding that this facilitation will not include shaming or blaming. Nancy will provide the addicted person with the opportunity to see the disease through the eyes of those who love him. The intervention process is an effective tool when used properly.

How it Works

Forget what you have seen or heard on television or from others. A truly therapeutic intervention has a carefully constructed format that participants follow. Nancy provides the addicted person with an opportunity to see his addiction through the eyes of those who love him in a controlled, safe and non-threatening environment.

Nancy educates the family and loved ones about the disease of addiction and the intervention process in a pre-intervention meeting. At that time the members of the loved one's "team" learn how to participate in the actual intervention and what to expect in outcomes. Implemented correctly, a professionally conducted intervention has positive outcomes in treatment for the individual and the establishment of healthy boundaries for family members.

Is intervention right for your situation? Call Nancy today and set up a free of charge phone consult. Everyone has their own story and interventions are not always the appropriate avenue for recovery. Talk to Nancy today. Confidentiality is honored.