The rewards of intervening are much greater and far outweigh the risks of doing nothing. We’re here to help. Call 1-800-270-1389 to learn how to do an intervention.
Finding yourself in a position of needing to intervene is uncomfortable and challenging. Knowing what to say, how to say it, and finding the perfect moment to do it can present problems and conflicting emotions. It’s important to realize that giving the gift of intervention can mean the difference between life and death for someone you care about deeply. Where there is life there is hope. But there can also be denial and intransigence. To help you find the way through this resistance here are some important factors to keep in mind when it comes to intervention:
We understand that considering an intervention is overwhelming; our founder has been working with families and intervening for nearly 20 years. As a direct result of this work, Living Sober LA is often singled out by professionals as the best choice for treatment.
Intervention does not always lead to someone immediately seeking treatment but planting the initial kernel of truth can establish a foundation of communication that may eventually lead the afflicted to seek help. Showing that you care enough to speak that first kernel may plant the seeds needed to make things blossom.
There are many ways to intervene. For obvious reasons, a professional intervention is usually the most practical approach – more practical than a shouting or shaming match and much better than an unplanned medical or legal intervention (e.g.: a health crisis or arrest). Some intervention styles are better suited for your family than others.
Intervention is a process that unfolds in stages. These are related to the Stages of Change, i.e. Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Stability. The task of an intervention is to move the afflicted to Action. During each phase, the interventionist acts as a conductor who directs the symphony of emotions and ushers the intervention to a conclusive, definitive goal.
Most interventions don’t take more than 90 minutes to accomplish. Anything longer runs the risk of doing harm.
The goal of intervention is to get someone to accept the fact that help is needed and agree to seek that help. The hope in every intervention is to hear the words, “I’ll go.” Recognizing the need for help is better than having to be forced into rehab. If an intervention gets a person to seek treatment, it’s a positive step – no matter how that step was taken.
That said, not every intervention results in immediate enrollment. It’s often a process, not an event. But there are things you can do to increase your chances of success. Hiring a professional interventionist is one of them. Their experience allows them to stay focused on the facts and the task at hand. Professional objectivity is important.
If you need information on how to intervene, call us for a consultation. You can also send us a message or watch this video on intervention.
At Living Sober LA, we believe when the heart speaks the heart listens. Our philosophy, “individual problems need to be treated in individual ways,” demonstrates our core values and the approach we take to intervention, treatment and our many services beyond.
The best intervention isn’t a confrontation. It’s a presentation. ― Cassidy Cousens, founder, Living Sober LA
If an intervention was easy, everyone who cares about someone with an addiction problem would be able to do it and successfully direct someone to treatment. Intervention is an art that requires walking a very fine tightrope and knowing how to do it with diplomacy without falling or having to start over again. It is equal parts compassion, emotion, and facts. Most importantly, it is a call to action. It is knowing how to respond to resistance without letting your personal emotions get in the way. It is about letting someone know that you care enough about them to be honest in your concern so that they are open to the concept of seeking treatment and getting the help they need. The only hero in treatment is the truth.
Learn about a few things that set Living Sober LA apart from traditional programs:
Treatment begins and ends with your loved one.
From initial consultation and intake to diagnosis, treatment, family services, extended care, and aftercare, Living Sober LA is committed to being with your family every step of the way.
From our serene environment in our boutique-style residences with limited program capacity to our 1-on-1 approach, specialized Health and Fitness Program, evidence-based services and our philosophy, Living Sober LA is highly esteemed for its record of excellence and attention to detail as well as our award-winning environment. We are equally proud to serve as well as be one of the most advanced treatment centers in the nation.
Intervention may lead your loved one to seek help. Our individualized attention, unique, personalized approach and proven methods will yield results. Living Sober LA is different from other treatment programs because of the difference we make in your life by making your loved one’s time with us count.