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Here are some frequently answered questions we hope will help you. Please contact us at: Toll Free: (844) 688-8555 or Local: (856) 981-5444 for further details and any other questions not listed here.

Q.   If I decide to do an intervention, does it mean that I have to throw my child out into the streets?

A.   No, there is no automatic rule that a person has to be thrown out of their home. Every intervention is different and everyone’s situation is their own and should be considered by the interventionist when instructing families during their intervention.


Q.   When choosing a treatment center does it have to be somewhere far from home?

A.   It doesn’t have to be and in many cases a local program will do well for a person and his or her recovery. But, being local to one’s own home area can be distracting as well as a an easy excuse to leave when things get tough, which they will if the program is effective. There are many factors that must be considered when choosing a treatment program for you or someone you love. All of these factors are solidified with a proper clinical assessment by a trained and certified professional.


Q.   I know an intervention needs to take place for someone I love but there is an enabler who keeps getting in the way and blocking it from happening. What can I do about this?

A.   In many cases there is a chief enabler with a terrible co-dependent relationship with the addict/alcoholic. This person needs counseling too, as well as their addicted loved one. A correctly run intervention will include a pre-intervention which is designed to prepare families for the upcoming intervention and also help the enablers to see their way out of their damaging and interfering behaviors. This is imperative to help the chief enabler to see why treatment is a good thing and how there is another way to live, instead of the way it’s been for so long.


Q.   My loved one acts as if and actually tells me that his or her addiction is my fault? Is it my fault?

A.   If you are close to an addict or alcoholic, you are most likely an enabler to some degree, but it is NOT YOUR FAULT. No matter what your head tells you and what you have been brainwashed into believing, the addiction doesn’t belong to you. You could have some responsibility in prolonging the addiction and supporting its existence but the true responsibility lies within the person addicted. That person has to take the steps needed to change their ways and accept responsibility, real responsibility. Incidentally, if someone is blaming you for their addiction, it is most likely time for a professional intervention due to the strong connection and co-dependency developed over time.


Q.   How does an intervention work?

A.  There are several methods of intervening when it comes to addiction. Some actually invite the addicted loved one to a series of family sessions lead by a trained addiction professional but most are done with the element of surprise because of the unpredictable and deceiving behaviors of the addicted person. All interventions should include education on addiction to family and friends, a treatment plan in place, the actual intervention with the addicted loved one and most times transport to the treatment center by the  addiction professional. The actual intervention will include prepared communication with an agreed upon objective by the family with the addicted loved one assisted and guided by the interventionist. Yes, an intervention can get heated and there can be upset involved but this will all be prepared for in pre-intervention so that everyone knows what is coming and knows how to handle it or how the interventionist will handle it. An intervention is a time to get things out and stop the madness once and for all, meanwhile completely controlled by the addiction professional. It is a time to start a new beginning after such a long arduous time suffering with the addiction. An intervention almost always brings a sense of relief for all parties involved and many times brings tears of happiness from that relief.


Q.   What credentials should an interventionist have so I can trust them with such private and delicate matters?

A.   There are many people that attempt to become an interventionist. Usually the intention is good but intention is only one factor involved here. For so long, almost anyone could decide to delve into the world of addiction and recovery and make a career out of it. More recently though, our country has put in standards that must be accomplished to be able to work in this area. And, there are many agencies that offer certifications to become a addiction professional, counselor, interventionist, recovery coach etc. Don’t be afraid to ask for credentials and what agency provided them to anyone you speak with. All in all, a real addiction professional should carry some letters after their name showing that they have put their time in and gained experience by helping others to succeed again and just as important, helped families to become stronger than the addiction so that their loved ones can grow to beat their own addictions. When shopping around for a trained professional, ask questions about them personally and professionally and find out if that person will be a good fit to help the one you love. In addition, make sure they have done their time and really earned their stripes as an addiction professional.


Q.   How much does an intervention cost and how about treatment?

A.   An intervention as well as treatment can land in any price range imaginable. A typical price range for intervention is roughly $4000-$8000. You can find treatment programs that are free all the way up to $60,000 per month depending on the services and amenities provided as well as insurance coverage. It is advisable to speak with an addiction professional to help guide you through the process of finding the right program fit for you or your loved one that falls within your budget and satisfies your expectations.


Questions about intervention, addiction and recovery can be endless, especially when someone and their family is meshed in the midst of a full blown addition or trapped in an enabler’s catch 22. We will be happy to answer any questions by phone or e-mail so please don’t hesitate to contact us.