Talking to your loved one about their substance use disorder and trying to convince them to get help almost always results in explosive sometimes violent reactions. It is emotionally draining on everyone especially if communication has broken down and existing tension between family members exist. Often it results in too much pressure for the one with the addiction problem and he or she will relieve their stress the only way they know how, by using. Addiction is a family disease that affects everyone in the family. We understand that getting your loved one into treatment as soon as possible is crucial not only for the success of your loved one’s addiction recovery but for the long-term recovery of the whole family.
Our professional Interventionist are not only certified interventionist, they specialize in addiction counseling. They are warm, kind, empathetic individuals who are experts at moderating difficult conversations. They are often seen as neutral third-party individuals, which greatly increases the chances of your loved one accepting the help they need. Getting your loved one into treatment is important, getting them into the right program is the key. If they stay at A Wise Retreat (awiseretreat.com) residential treatment program our intervention services are free, if they feel A Wise Retreat is not appropriate for them then we will place them in a treatment facility that is. We have a database and relationships with Residential Treatment Programs, Outpatient Programs, Day Programs and Detox centers all over the U.S.
Our job is more than getting your loved one into treatment, it’s helping the whole family recover. We do this in three steps. We Plan, Prepare and Educate families. We help you understand what addiction is and what addiction isn’t. Once you know the facts you will understand that addiction is not a moral failing, it is a complex brain disease that affects millions of individuals world-wide. In the United States alone addiction rates are rising and has become an epidemic. According to the Center of Disease Control overdoses kill about five people every hour across the U.S. with the victims totaling 72,000 in 2017 that’s more than the soldiers who died during the entire Vietnam War. Addiction destroys lives, ruins marriages, devastates families and takes lives.
You are not alone, people just like you are living in fear of losing their loved one, fear of what will happen next, fear of the unknown. Fear of what others may think or say. They are often embarrassed by their loved one’s behavior and live in shame and uncertainty. They don’t know who to talk to, who to trust or what to say. Take refuge …Wise Intervention Services are here to help you.
Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail…
Plan: No two people are alike, and every situation is different. Each intervention is carefully tailored to meet the demands of that family’s situation. Our professional Interventionists are extremely skillful at customizing drug and alcohol intervention plans. This is how we do it
Plan time & date to meet with the family
Plan Who will attend the intervention?
Plan What needs to be said at the intervention?
Plan Where will the intervention be held?
Plan When will the intervention be held?
Please note, unlike reality T.V. shows we do not do surprise interventions. They seldom if ever work.
Prepare: Our interventions are carefully structured and orchestrated. We make sure our family members are emotionally and physically ready. We rehearse the family through the intervention beforehand to assure the family is ready and even then, challenges may arise, your loved one may not see that their substance use disorder has a deep impact on their lives or the lives of their loved ones. They may deny they need help, denial can cause frustration and that’s what our experienced interventionist are experts at de-escalating the situation and facilitating in an empathetic, non-judgmental manner. We take a strength-based approach and focus on family strengths. We never shame, blame nor use guilt tactics on neither side of the conversation. We hold the family member suffering from addiction accountable for their behavior and provide a safe space for them to express their feelings on the impact and reasons contributing to his or her substance use. We Inspire, Support & Empower the family.
Educate: We believe knowledge is power and educate family members on addiction. We educate the family on addiction, recovery, relapse and harm reduction options. We discuss in detail how family members can work together on long-term recovery. We answer questions based on evidence-based facts. Questions frequently asked are: “Can addiction be cured?” “Is addiction a disease”? “How can addiction be treated?” “Can addiction be genetic?” “Can addiction lead to depression?” “Can addiction cause anxiety” “Will addiction ever be cured”? “What are addiction triggers?” We answer these and many more questions with science based facts. We bring wisdom, inspiration, support & empowerment into the conversation. We aim to shed light and give hope.
1st 45 minutes phone call is free.
Step One – The Assessment
History of loved one suffering from addiction
Educate Family on Addiction
Discuss the process and steps to follow
Explain Letter Writing (do’s & don’ts)
Plan Date of Intervention
Step Two – The Intervention
Discuss how loved one’s addiction affects everyone
Read letters aloud
Allow Loved one to share his thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Changes needed to succeed for long tern-recovery
Discuss Treatment Options with Loved One & Family
Get loved one into treatment ASAP.
Schedule next Session
Step Three – The Follow Up
Discuss Progress & Relapses
Support for family members
After Care Steps
Steps you can take: Determine what your loved one’s substance of choice is. Keep in mind that many suffer from “Polysubstance Abuse” meaning more than just one substance i.e. alcohol and marijuana, prescription drugs and alcohol, meth and cocaine etc.
The following signs are indications that a drug and alcohol intervention is necessary. Please check the signs if it applies to your loved one’s behavior. The higher the number of signs checked off the more likely your loved one is suffering from substance use disorder and needs help now!
Hiding substance abuse
Changes in behavior
Hanging out with substance abusers
Having problems at work or school
Weight gain or loss
Reluctance in discussing substance abuse