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Are interventions successful in confronting the alcohol or drug dependent individual on the severity of their disease?
The short answer to this question is yes, interventions are successful at confronting the drug addict or alcoholic. Even more reassuring, the intervention process is about 90 to 95 percent successful, meaning once the process is started, the individual has over a 90 percent chance of getting and staying sober through California treatment and rehabilitation. Interventions are also a commitment on the part of family and friends to help the using or drinking individual get help no matter what it takes. While families and friends do not need to be in utter desperation to get help, it is essential that the addict or alcoholic display patterns of behavior that are self-destructive or destructive to others. During the intervention these behaviors are tangible means by which the individual can be confronted.

Does the individual have to be willing to get help?
In essence the answer to this question is no. Interventions serve the purpose of getting the individual willing to get help. This is done in a compassionate but confrontational manner so that the individual understands that their truly is a problem. There does need to be some type of visible behavior- mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual - that would indicate the family and friends that there is a problem. An intervention highlights the destructive behaviors and patterns in a person's life so that he/she becomes willing to admit defeat and get help. The concerns, memories and feelings of close loved ones and family members are usually enough to jolt the individual's memory and start the recovery process.

Do the intervention specialists have any specific training?
Yes intervention specialists are thoroughly trained to deal with this type of heated confrontation and environment. Our specialists have degrees and training in alcohol and drug related fields and more specifically have had numerous years of experience in dealing with recovering alcoholics and addicts. Additionally all of our intervention specialists have personal experience, either direct or indirect, with drug and alcohol abuse, addiction and recovery. Intervention specialists understand the delicate nature of their work and take pride in helping families, friends and individuals come back together in unity.

How does the Intervention work?
The drug intervention is a multi-faceted process through which many lines of communication are created and strengthened. The process begins when a despairing family member or loved one calls us and speaks to one of our trained intervention staff. Once a phone call is placed our staff will be able to answer any questions or concerns about the process. An intervention specialist will be notified and will contact the family/loved ones/co-workers immediately. The specialist will meet with the people who will be involved in the intervention and explain the process in further detail. The intervention will be rehearsed and each person will know exactly what role he/she is playing. All persons involved will be asked to commit to certain boundaries and stick to them, because if the addict/alcoholic feels any inclination for retreat he/she will most likely try to be manipulative during the intervention. The next meeting is the actual intervention. The time and location will be decided in advance so that the individual does not have time to get out of it. The individual is confronted in a loving but firm manner, and in most cases interventions are successful. Interventions work because the individual is able to see more clearly the ways in which he/she is hurting his/herself and others.

What is the first step in starting the Intervention process?
The first step in starting the intervention process is to call us and speak with one of our intervention staff and then go onto be connected with one of our specialists.

My teenager has a problem, can an intervention work for him?
Yes, interventions work for all types of people all over the country. We specialize in teen intervention and our staff have been specifically trained in this area. Although teen interventions are not harder than other interventions, they do require a certain amount of care and detail because of the sometimes volatile nature of the client. In addition, teenage drug and alcohol users are often in heavy denial about their problems because they feel they are too young to get help. While this is a myth, our specialists work extensively with all people who will be involved in the intervention to make sure that it has the greatest possibility for success.

Can interventions help people who still look as though they have their lives in tact?
Absolutely. Drug addiction and alcoholism do not discriminate in terms of who they affect, thus interventions do not as well. Interventions happen to people of high standing in society, to business people, executives, high-bottom drunks, people with prescription drug problems, teenagers, husbands, wives. . . the list goes on and on. Once a family begins to feel as though the path their loved one is going down will result in despair, our interventionists can help. Many times people get away with hurting themselves and others because the outside surface of their lives look okay. While this may be a merit of success, dying emotionally on the inside is one of the things that an intervention can change. Finding a life that is fulfilling without the burden of drugs and alcohol is one of the things that our interventions have been successful at, time and time again.

What happens after the intervention takes place?
Once a successful intervention takes place, the individual will usually agree to seek treatment or rehabilitation with his/her problem. Because the intervention relies so heavily upon the commitment of the individual's loved ones, this treatment program will be decided in advance for the individual's best interest. Aside from being the first crucial step in recovery, interventions also give families a way to stay in contact with the individual throughout the addiction therapy process. Families and loved ones are able to monitor the individual's progress to some degree and also get updates from the specialist as treatment continues. The intervention specialist that performed the intervention will stay connected with the family and the individual throughout the process so that everyone involved feels more comfortable and secure. In addition, once the treatment process has been completed, the specialist can work with the family to create a support system and way of life after treatment to help ensure the greatest potential for long-term recovery.

Do we have to live in a specific state or city to access intervention services?
No, interventions take place all over the country, in cities, suburbs and country towns everywhere. Intervention specialists are used to moving around and adapting to different locations and situations so that all families and individuals have the opportunity for recovery. Once a call is placed the intervention specialist will determine the time and place at which the intervention will take place and make arrangements to get there. The specialist will also work with the family to find a treatment center location that is both convenient and smart for everyone.

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