A real life guide to interventions.
Written by an ex-addict with 17 years as a professional interventionist.
If you’re looking for a professional Interventionist, you not only need someone
competent, but someone who has experience with addiction, and a lot of experience as
a dyed-in-the-wool interventionist. Getting your loved one into a good rehab program is
not an easy task, you are acutely aware of this or you wouldn’t be here. You obviously
want the intervention to go as smoothly as possible, with a minimum of fireworks and
the highest chance of success.
As I write this, I am on a plane, flying back from Oregon with the addict I was hired to
help. I am bringing him to a holistic, residential drug treatment program, the same one I
graduated from in fact (I work with many different programs, but I love the one that
worked for me!)
He is scared, very nervous and probably still getting high secretly, as practicing addicts
often do, but the only thing that matters to me is that he’s going to the treatment
program, and will have a chance at living a life that matters, not only for himself but for
his young daughters, all as the result of a well-done intervention. This is the result of
what his family paid me to help them accomplish..
I started this intervention on Friday with a sarcastic, “Good luck,” from the father. It’s
Sunday and the intervention is wrapping up. Having met at length with the family, I can
say with certainty they would never have pulled this intervention off on their own, and
would have created a much larger mess as a result if they attempted the intervention
I have dedicated my life to well-done interventions and the tech and theory of what a
“well-done intervention” really means and what it takes to succeed. For example, the
Oregon's family had a lot of dysfunction in it, other than the addict they hired me to help.
Other family members have their own addictions or histories of how this family member
or that was victimized by another. This is not uncommon, but what is uncommon is the
tech of how to manage all of it so the family can get a good result from their
intervention, regardless of the challenges they face, inside the family or out.