Interventions

NOT LIKE ON TV

An Intervention is a professionally-directed process designed to help an individual recognize the negative effects their substance use has on themselves and others — and to present them with an opportunity to receive help and make changes. However, it does not stop there. A Continuum of Care Plan and ongoing Case Management are critical to the success of conducting an intervention. The interventions I conduct are not like what you have seen on TV. And I do not do "surprise interventions" unless absolutely necessary. Read my article about the Power of Invitation When Planning A Drug or Alcohol Intervention

When a person is actively misusing substances they are often in denial and ambivalent about their situation and may not recognize the negative effects their behaviour has on themselves and others. An Intervention helps the person make the connection between their problematic use of alcohol and/or drugs and the problems they are likely experiencing in their life. As soon as an Interventionist is engaged, a sense of structure, calmness, and control can be delivered to what can be a chaotic time. I work closely with the family, help troubleshoot the destructive patterns, and help guide everyone towards long-term recovery. The goal of an Intervention is to present the substance user  with a safe and structured opportunity  to receive help  and to make changes before things get worse. 

I have been trained by some of the best in the field including board-certified American Interventionist Brad Lamm through his company Change, Inc. and board-certified American Interventionist Earl Hightower through his company Hightower and Associates. I am an associate of well known Canadian Interventionist Bob Marier of Hired Sobriety who also supervises interventions I conduct in Canada.

Let’s get them to say ‘yes’ to the help they need.

I can help.

Intervention Process

Evaluation

The first step in this process involves Michael and the team evaluating the circumstances which includes the individual consuming substances and the family system. We will then provide best options for a plan forward. We will create the best possible intervention strategy, help select qualified professionals well suited to the situation, arrange Safe Passage Transportation if necessary, and develop any necessary contingency plans. This all takes place in a safe, reassuring environment which helps you get to know us better. 

 

Pre-Intervention

The person consuming substances may have created distrust and harm with family and friends. This can sometimes lead to emotions taking over when discussing interventions, causing strife within the family about the correct intervention approach. This is why a meticulously organized pre-intervention consultation is critical. At the consultation, we will review the entire intervention strategy with all involved, set expectations distinctly, and inform all participants to possible challenges. 

 

Intervention

The day of the intervention is always a challenging one for both the person consuming substances and the family. At this stage, our thorough evaluation and pre-intervention framework have created a plan of action, and will be set up for success; the intervention team is in place, and travel and facility planning are complete. Leveraging our experience and compassion, we create a caring, understanding, and well-structured environment so that the individual can make that critical leap to saying "yes" to receiving help. If the person is hesitant - as is often the case - our carefully created contingency plans give us excellent options. 

 

Continuum-of-Care

Intervention and in-patient treatment are just the beginning of the journey. Michael and the team will ensure a safe transition from in-patient treatment back into their daily life. Michael and his team will work closely with doctors, counsellors, treatment staff, and loved ones to design a continuum-of-care plan which provides the best opportunity for sustained abstinence and success. Michael and the team specializes in reintegration of clients back home, to work and/or sober-living environments, community based support groups, relapse prevention groups, clinical therapy, and any other scenario that may be in motion. Michael and the team will continue to monitor their recovery, and adjust the continuum-of-care plan to meet evolving needs and challenges.

 

Case Management

The journey through recovery in not always a straight line, especially in the first days, weeks, and months. Michael's case management services address the long-term recovery needs of the client and their loved ones through ongoing monthly meetings, assessments, and support work. We also counsel families and friends on self-care issues that arise during their loved one's recovery process.

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Types of Interventions

I tailor interventions using aspects of the most common evidence-based intervention techniques used today. Although I often use an Invitational Intervention approach, I will engage in a surprise intervention when it's appropriate. I prefer to avoid surprise interventions (except for extreme emergencies) and typically meet with family members, friends, and/or employers for as long as needed beforehand, gathering as much information as possible. For the best outcomes I keep intervention gatherings small, often just meeting with the individual and one or two concerned family members, close friends, or employer.

My role is to work with the client and their support network to create a treatment plan and support them through each stage of recovery. This will include creating the most appropriate change-plan that may include in-treatment or out-patient treatment, providing safe transportation to and from treatment, case-management and aftercare support for both the client and family.

Get in touch today to get started. If you've done an Intervention before and feel like you do not need that in-depth of a service then I can provide Consulting and Family Coaching services that are quite effective as well. Please go to Consulting and Family Coaching for more information. Read this article I wrote about How to Help Someone You Love Who Has A Drinking or Drug Problem. 

For anyone affected by someone else’s substance use, I recommend reading the book Beyond Addiction.