Sometimes, all we can do is let an loved one addicted to drugs hit rock bottom.
If rock bottom fails to deter them, further action becomes necessary, often in the form of a stiff, painful ultimatum.
Although the popular A&E program Intervention makes this process out to be messy, painful and dramatic, an intervention is actually a well-organized, highly successful tactic when handled by professionals. If you are looking to set up an intervention for a friend or family member, there are steps you can take to make sure they receive the best intervention possible.
Research different treatment facilities and organizations to see which ones offer the service. Choose one and call. They will happily guide you through the next step, which is to seek referrals from psychologists, social workers, and doctors.
You can also contact The Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS), which, as the name implies, specializes in the formation of interventions. Its members are experienced licensed mental health professions.
Family Drug Intervention Resources
If you wish to get to a feel for these potential interventionists on a personal level before beginning the process, you can find a state-by-state list on the AIS website complete with bios and contact information. Doing so is highly advised in regards to choosing the right one for your situation. Ideally, they should be registered with the Association of Intervention Specialists. At the very least, make sure they are a licensed or certified mental health professional such as an addiction counselor or a psychologist.
Be sure to meet with more than one specialist before you settle. More importantly, do not settle for the wrong quality. You might assume that the most expensive interventionist is the best. But skills like theirs are not so easily quantifiable. It is up to you, not the salary listings, to determine which specialist is most suitable for your situation.
An intervention is one of the best ways to get treatment set in motion. And the process often becomes a learning experience for all involved. Feel free to contact The Last Resort at 877-892-7997 for information and referrals.