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How to Hire an Interventionist?

Discovering that a loved one is entangled in the shackles of substance abuse can be a heart-wrenching reality to face. It’s an uphill battle, fraught with emotional turmoil, uncertainty, and the dire need for professional guidance. As someone invested in the welfare of a cherished one, taking the first step towards pulling them back from the abyss of addiction is fundamental.

This guide will walk you through the steps on how to hire an interventionist, a crucial ally in your loved one’s journey toward recovery. With by your side, you’re not alone in this. Let’s embark on this path together.

What is the Role of an Interventionist?

An interventionist serves as a beacon of light, guiding individuals through the often tumultuous path of addressing alcohol or drug addiction. Their role is to provide professional guidance and a structured approach toward confronting the individual struggling with addiction, while nurturing a safe and constructive environment. The significance of their expertise cannot be overstated as they are adept at addressing the challenging emotional dynamics that addiction entails.

Building a Support Circle

A crucial part of the intervention process is assembling a support circle comprising family, friends, and loved ones. Your interventionist is instrumental in this phase, helping identify and mobilize a network of individuals who care deeply and are committed to the cause. This circle provides moral support and reinforces the message of change, forming a united front against the harrowing clutches of addiction.

Educating the Intervention Team

Your interventionist will orchestrate pre-intervention meetings to educate the support circle on the intervention process, what to expect, and how to navigate potential roadblocks. Addressing concerns, fears, and misconceptions head-on, they equip you with the necessary tools and understanding to approach the intervention with confidence and a clear roadmap.

Facilitating The Intervention

Your interventionist, acting as a neutral mediator, facilitates a respectful dialogue between the individual and the support circle on the day of the intervention. Their expertise ensures the conversation remains focused, respectful, and constructive, keeping the ultimate goal of acceptance and treatment within sight.

Post-Intervention Guidance

The intervention is only the first step on the long road to recovery. Post-intervention, your trusted interventionist continues to offer invaluable support and guidance for both the individual and the family. They help map out the subsequent steps, whether it’s detox, therapy, or other recovery plans, ensuring you are well-equipped to traverse the path to sobriety.

When to Consider Hiring an Interventionist?

Interventionist supporting a family member seeking professional help for a loved one struggling with addiction

You’ve probably noticed some unsettling changes in your loved one — a shift in their behavior, secretive actions, or perhaps a decline in their health and well-being due to eating disorders. Recognizing the addiction signs and behaviors is the first step.

Yet, it’s not always crystal clear. Sometimes, families try to stage their interventions, believing that sheer love and willpower can pull their dear ones out of the abyss. Sadly, many face challenges: emotionally charged confrontations, denial, or even worsening the addicted individual’s behavior. It’s heartbreaking and often counterproductive.

That is where the expertise of an interventionist becomes invaluable. Waiting for a “rock bottom” moment can be too late. Being proactive, with the aid of a professional, might just be the catalyst for turning things around.

What are the Steps to Hiring an Interventionist?

The journey towards staging an intervention starts long before the day itself, and it commences with acknowledging the severe need for professional guidance. Here’s how to navigate through this process:

Recognize the Need

You might have been noticing some alarming signs but brushing them off, hoping things would improve. Discerning the difference between casual substance use and a burgeoning addiction is essential. If you’re losing sleep over a loved one’s destructive behavior, it’s a clear sign that professional help is necessary. Accepting the gravity of the situation is your first stride toward a solution.

Research and Shortlist Professionals

Your next step is delving into some research. A great starting point is consulting reputable professional organizations in the intervention field. Look for interventionists with the proper credentials and ample experience. Remember, not all interventionists are created equal; picking a certified and seasoned professional could make a significant difference in the effectiveness of the intervention.

Interview Potential Interventionists

Once you have a shortlist, it’s time to get on the phone or meet in person. Ask about their experience, methodology, and success rate. It’s also crucial to gauge how comfortable you feel with them. Are their values aligned with yours? Do they exhibit empathy, understanding, and a structured approach towards addiction? Your loved one’s future could hinge on making the right choice, so take your time to make an informed decision.

Coordinate and Plan the Intervention

With the proper interventionist by your side, you’ll orchestrate a well-structured and impactful intervention. Your interventionist will prepare you and your family on what to expect, how to communicate effectively, and how to react to possible scenarios. Coordinating the logistics, setting the right tone, and preparing emotionally for the intervention are crucial steps to ensure a successful outcome.

What are the Benefits of Hiring an Interventionist?

Friends supporting and hugging each other during intervention meeting

Hiring an interventionist offers a multitude of benefits that not only address the addiction but also provide a support system for everyone involved. Here’s what you stand to gain:

  • Professional Guidance: An interventionist brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, guiding families through a process they might not be familiar with. This ensures the intervention is structured and effective.
  • Neutral Mediator: Emotions can run high during interventions. A professional serves as an impartial mediator, ensuring conversations remain constructive and centered on recovery.
  • Educational Insight: Before the intervention, families are educated about addiction, creating a well-informed support circle that understands the dynamics at play.
  • Higher Success Rate: With their experience, interventionists increase the likelihood of the individual accepting help, compared to self-orchestrated interventions.
  • Professional Networking: Interventionists have connections with treatment centers and can facilitate a smooth transition into a rehabilitation program, ensuring continuity of care.
  • Pre- and Post-Intervention Support: Their role isn’t just limited to the intervention. They provide crucial guidance before and map out subsequent steps after the intervention.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I know if the interventionist is the right fit for our situation?
It’s crucial to have an interventionist who resonates with the family’s values and understands the unique dynamics at play. During the interview process, gauge their approach, experience, and ensure they have a sound plan tailored to your loved one’s needs.

2. How long does the whole process of intervention take?
The length can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the situation and the individual’s readiness to accept help. It might take days or even weeks of preparation, followed by the intervention itself, and the subsequent transition into treatment.

3. What happens if the intervention is unsuccessful?
Not every intervention leads to acceptance of treatment. However, it’s a step toward making the individual aware of the gravity of their situation. Continued support, love, and a follow-up intervention could be the course of action.

4. How do we ensure the confidentiality of the intervention process?
Professional interventionists uphold strict ethical standards. Respecting client confidentiality is paramount. Rest assured, details of the intervention, and any shared personal information remain private and protected.

5. What should be the ideal location for an intervention?
The location should be non-threatening and comfortable for the individual. It could be a home, a neutral family friend’s place, or even a professional setting recommended by the interventionist.

Find an Interventionist Near You

Every step you take towards seeking professional intervention is a stride toward the hope of recovery and a brighter future for your loved one. At, we believe in the power of collective strength and are here to be your pillar of support.

Time is of the essence when confronting addiction. Don’t let another second slip away. Click the button below to connect with our vast network of certified interventionists and get immediate assistance tailored to your situation. Let’s embark on this journey to healing together!

Defusing the Tasty Timebomb & Loving the Lungs You’re With

If there’s one thing that sticks to your brain from reading my words at this moment, love the lungs you’re with.

A moment after my first deep breath this morning, I thought back to my friend Simi. Simi lived in in Room 22W, at Valley West Retirement Center in Eugene, Oregon. The old folks home was my side hustle from the time I was 8 till 15 when I moved with my family to Yorba Linda, California. I played hymns there at Valley West, as I called it, most Sunday mornings.

Old people love a kid who plays the piano or does a trick that they can sing along with! I didn’t get a nickel for it, but it paid me in lessons and love. See, to this day, I love the church hymns I grew up hammering out and hollering along to. Playing hymns is like breathing to me. Without thought. Life giving.

My life till 15 was a good life, in so many ways. It was days after  I moved to Southern California that I started something I swore would never occur. I started smoking. For twenty years, I lit, puffed and tossed to the ground the smoky sticks. I got sick lungs as a result. Which brings me to the biggest health crisis on the planet today – vaping, and the ticking time bombs vaping has implanted in the hundreds of millions who do it.

I’ve never vaped, since I quit smoking eighteen years back. Vaping nicotine is incredibly addicting, and perfectly devised to addict and afllict the lungs of those who call it their “bad habit.” More than a bad habit, vaping is an awful deadly habit that totals the fragile tissue that make up our beautiful pink lungs. It is not better than smoking cigarettes.

“Vaping gave me lungs that make it feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest while I try to grab oxygen from the air I suck in.” That’s how a friend I met in my work advocating for lung health described the state of her lungs after she had for three years. She is now on the lung transplant list. She is unlikely to get new lungs. She is more likely to die from vaping.

She is one of the nearly uncounted who has Vaping Associated Lung Injury (VALI). I use the word uncounted, and it makes me sick even thinking how this has come to be – this no-counting bullshit. The same scoundrels who swore under oath that cigarettes were safe and non-addictive while enslaving a nation are the same ones keeping regulations and data unreliable. They do this by flooding the market with nicotine juice and fake studies that show vaping is not a problem – and in some cases like the FRENCH STUDY, that vaping is a boon to lung health.

On Sunday mornings as a kid at Valley West, Simi was my favorite. I know we’re not supposed to have favorites but she was a fun, full-of-life, gal of just 65, but as the nurse told me “she has bum lungs from smoking two packs a day for 50 years.” At 65, Simi was younger than most there. Simi was also much sicker than most of the other residents, many in their 90s. A lifelong smoker, Simi was the first person I remember witnessing who had super sick lungs. I was ten years old when I first met her. By the age of eleven she had died after incredible suffering.

“Why won’t they fix your lungs,” I asked her. Cussing like sailor, Simi told me she had done it to herself, and there was no fixing lungs like hers, which were no longer able to function and do what they were meant to do.

How about a transplant, I asked Simi.

“Not possible,” she told me as she heaved out the words. “Lung transplants aren’t possible. I should have loved the lungs I’m with,” I remember she gasped resolutely.

I promised her I would never smoke, never ever pick that up as a habit. I believed her. I believed myself as I said what I said. Within four years, I was the start of a statistic – a teen smoker. A statistic reflecting the substance that addicts more on the planet and more easily than anything: NICOTINE. And that’s happening all over again as vaping rates in teens soar after smoking amongst teens dropping for decades.

If you vape or are one of the 2.5 million teens in the USA who vape, there are just 2600 lungs available that get transplanted each year.

If you vape, you are crafting a terrible time bomb in the palm of your hands as the result of those cute sexy colorful, safe-looking vape you lift, hand to mouth, to dose yourself.

The soaring sales of flavored e-cigarettes in the United States and the consequent efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose restrictions on them.


Your Suffering Teen: The 7 Most Important Truths

Most parents know the teenage years can be a challenging time for both parents and their adolescent children. Adolescence is a time of significant growth and development, both physically and emotionally. As a parent, it’s essential to understand your teenager and their changing needs during this period. Here are some critical things that every parent should know about their teen that can hopefully make this transitional time much smoother:

1. Every Sunrise Means Another Independence Day

One of the most significant struggles that teenagers face is their desire for independence.  Much like the toddler years where your child wanted to start trying to do a lot of things on their own without your interference, you’ll now find yourself watching your adolescent going through another phase of this newfound autonomy. As they begin to mature and develop their own sense of identity, they often feel a strong need to break free from their parents’ rules and guidelines.  This is normal! While this can be unnerving for parents to navigate, it’s essential to remember that this is a natural and healthy part of the developmental process. It’s crucial to give your teenager the freedom and space they need to explore their independence while still setting clear boundaries and expectations.  Invite them to keep communication open while they navigate their transition.

2. The Maturing Brain Remains a Work in Progress

During adolescence, the brain undergoes significant changes that impact your teenager’s behavior and decision-making. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making, planning, and impulse control, is still developing during the teenage years and won’t be completely done developing until early twenties. This means that your teen may struggle with making good decisions and controlling their impulses, even if they know the right thing to do. It’s important to be patient with your teen and offer guidance and support as they learn to navigate their changing brain and behavior.  Sometimes “doing their best” could change on any given day.

3. Environment Matters More than Most Things

Teenagers need and value a supportive environment where they feel safe to express themselves and their emotions. As they navigate the challenges of adolescence, they may struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety, or low moods. It’s essential to create an open and welcoming environment where your teen feels comfortable talking about their feelings and emotions. Encourage your teenager to express themselves and offer support and guidance as they work through their challenges.  When your teen comes to you to talk, ask them if they want emotional support or solutions/feedback.

4. Social Pressures are Carrying Cost & Weight

Teenagers face a significant amount of pressure from their peers and social media. They may feel like they need to conform to certain social standards or expectations to fit in with their friends or be perceived a certain way. In the stage of adolescence, it is normal for teenagers to feel like their social circle is their whole world.  This pressure can lead to risky behaviors, such as substance abuse or engaging in sexual activity before they’re ready. It’s important to have open and honest conversations with your teenager about the risks and consequences of these behaviors and help them build the confidence to make their own decisions.

5. Managing Emotions Remains a Daily Challenge

Managing Emotions Remains a Daily Challenge for teens

The teenage years can be an emotional rollercoaster. As your teenager’s brain develops, they may struggle with regulating their emotions and coping with stress. The brain is changing, the body is morphing. It’s essential to help your teen develop healthy coping mechanisms, such as exercise or talking to a trusted friend, therapist, or family member. Encourage your teen to find healthy outlets for their emotions, and be available to listen and support them when they need it.

6. Feeling Heard is a Priority No Matter What

Feeling Heard is a Priority No Matter What

As your teenager grows and develops their sense of self, they may struggle with feeling like their voice isn’t being heard or valued. It’s important to create a safe space where your teen feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions, even if they differ from your own. Encourage your teen to express themselves and validate their feelings, even if you don’t necessarily agree with their perspective.  Teenagers are exploring what values they want to keep or reject and will continue this process well into early adulthood.  Allow them to stay curious!

7. Positive Reinforcement is Like a Moving Meditation

Positive Reinforcement

Teenagers need positive reinforcement to build their self-esteem and confidence. They may feel like they’re constantly being criticized or compared to others, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy or low self-worth. It’s important to offer positive feedback and praise when your teen does something well (even if it’s something small) or demonstrates positive behavior. Help your teen build a positive self-image by focusing on their strengths and encouraging their growth. Teach them to celebrate successes, small wins, and learn from their mistakes.

In conclusion, parenting a teenager can be a great experience, despite it’s trials and tribulations.  You will make errors! There is no instruction manual and every child has different needs.  It is highly encouraged to have your own support as a parent, and finding an individual therapist or parenting coach can be a great resource as you navigate this stage with your child. Your teen will thank you (maybe not right away) for being a soft place to land!

Sarah Carmona, LCSW #87353 (she/her)

Clinical Director @ The Arrow House: The Adolescent Project

O: 657.282.4263