If your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you likely would not be surprised to hear that most who need treatment feel like things are fine. In fact, of the more than 18 million addicts who did not receive treatment for substance use in 2017, only 1 million felt they actually needed it according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. If you’ve unsuccessfully tried to get your loved one help, this painful reality hits close to home. If you’re just starting the process, you may feel overwhelmed. Either way, a professional intervention can offer a path forward. But, how does an intervention work?

What is an Intervention?

Chances are you’ve heard the term, but what exactly is an intervention? Drug and alcohol interventions can be defined as “actions taken to improve a situation.” Interventions often include a mental health focus as well, as these issues frequently lie beneath addiction. Typically organized on behalf of concerned friends and family members to help a person in crisis, they can begin a life-changing process for your loved one.

Benefits of a Professional Intervention

A professional interventionist is an objective third party who can help de-escalate the stress and guide your loved one toward treatment. Their expertise can be invaluable throughout this difficult time by helping your family:

  • Find the right treatment program
  • Advocate for your loved one
  • Educate you on what to expect
  • Follow recovery progression
  • Assist in developing an aftercare plan to support recovery

How Does an Intervention Work at Heather R. Hayes & Associates?

We see intervention as a starting point and include six months of case management for each client to guide your family through the process of navigating the recovery journey. With three licensed clinicians on our team, here’s what you can expect:

Step One: You place a call to our team and a clinical coordinator will answer your questions and get background information on your loved one including any mental health issues that may be co-occurring.

Step Two: A clinical supervisor will follow up with you to answer additional questions and discuss the service that works best for your needs.

Step Three: Once you decide to move forward we’ll begin to look at treatment options with your family. We will discuss what you want to say to your loved one during the intervention itself.

Step Four: Once a treatment option is selected, the intervention will be scheduled. Typically it takes place in a family member’s home or your loved one’s home.

Step Five: The night before the intervention, we’ll have a prep meeting with your family, our team, and the transporter who will be taking your loved one to treatment. We only use professional transporters and ensure they are gender-specific to minimize stress and ensure your loved one’s safe arrival at treatment program.

Step Six: The intervention takes place and hopefully your loved one chooses to go to treatment.

After the intervention, our team follows up with your family on a weekly basis, stays connected to the treatment center for updates and provides ongoing support and education to your family.

Finding Peace of Mind

There’s no question that your loved one’s recovery will likely be one of the most challenging journeys your family will face. That’s why our goal is to provide a compassionate and customized approach to interventions that achieves the best possible outcome. We do this by offering you the expertise and guidance of our master’s level clinical team and a trauma informed intervention protocol that has been proven to result in better long-term recovery and healing for patients and their families.

For more information on our intervention services, call 800-219-0570 or email info@heatherhayes.com today.