Often the last person to admit that they are in need of rehab is the addict. Loved ones, friends and even coworkers may know or suspect that something is wrong, but when even the gentlest suggestion of recovery leads to adamant denial, the best choice may be to use interventionists.
What Interventionists Do
Interventionists have an intimate understanding of what is required for successful recovery from substance use disorders or process addictions. An interventionist will identify the key people in a user or addict’s life in order to form a support team. Each member of the support team receives clear guidance about their role from the interventionist.
The initial objective of the support team is to convince the user or addict to enter rehab. The support team gathers together in order to meet with their loved one. They then take turns explaining how the user or addict’s behavior has affected their relationship with him or her and other aspects of their life.
The support team then expresses not only a desire to help, but also a plan that is ready to be put into action. All the user or addict has to do is agree to enter rehab.
On paper, the process sounds straightforward, but there are many things to coordinate and tactics that must be avoided in order for the intervention to work. Guidance from interventionists is the best way to confidently hold an intervention for a loved one.
Finding the Right Interventionist
The best interventionists have extensive education and training in the field of addiction recovery.
The main credential that you should look for is a CIP (Certified Intervention Professional).
However, you can also look for and verify one or more of the following:
- Member of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS)
- Member of the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII)
- Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I or BRI-II)
- A counseling degree (at the level of MS or PhD) from a university
- Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC)
- Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
- Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Ask each potential interventionist about their methods, how long they have been an interventionist, and for any references. The important thing is to work with someone you trust and who seems to have a calm, organized demeanor.
In order to find the right fit, ask if you can meet with different interventionists for free consultations, or at least chat on the phone about some of your concerns about their experience and methodologies.
It’s worth taking the time to find a good match, since an effective intervention could save your loved one’s life.