People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation or are unwilling to seek treatment. Often they don't recognize the negative effects of their behavior on themselves and others. An intervention presents a structured opportunity to address these issues and take action.
An intervention is a carefully planned process where family, friends and others involved in the person’s life gather together to tell the person about the effect of their addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment. The intervention usually offers a prearranged treatment action plan with clear steps, goals and guidelines in order to help the person take the first step toward recovery.
Experienced interventionists have the knowledge and training to help families, friends, and coworkers participate in the intervention in a helpful, nonjudgmental manner and effective way.
Aureus: Restoring Lives, Families and Careers
ARP is a professional network of alcohol and drug specialists focusing on assessments, interventions, treatment center selection and management and post-treatment recovery. Their expertise is in helping families through the recovery process, beginning with the intervention and continuing through post-treatment planning.
Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC
This private, for-profit, Florida law firm specializes in helping families throughout the U.S. deal with addiction through the Florida Marchman Act. This is a legal intervention process to compel a substance abuser to enter court ordered and monitored Assessment, Stabilization and long-term Treatment for drug or alcohol addiction (at a facility chosen by the family). Through this Act, Addiction Recovery Legal Services can help obtain and enforce confidential, court ordered drug and alcohol intervention, assessment, stabilization, and treatment for any person living with substance abuse and addiction. Although the law is a Florida law, it is applicable to anyone inside the state. Families can bring a person with a substance use problem into Florida from anywhere and once they are in Florida, court ordered treatment can be mandated. Fees are unique to each case. However, in all cases, convenient payment plans are offered and there are sliding scale "financial hardship" packages for people based upon family income as validated through their Tax Returns with the IRS.
Buck Run Recovery Solutions
Buck Run provides interventions, sober transports, and other services in order to help families achieve long term sobriety. Headed by a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and master wilderness guide, they offer Arise Interventions and Continuing Care as well as wilderness expeditions and vision quest/rites of passage to help those overcoming their addictions. Located in Danville, VA they cover the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Triad Area, the Raleigh-Durham, Triangle Area and the Danville, Martinsville, Lynchburg, Roanoke, Southwestern Virginia area. They also regularly makes trips to Charlotte and Asheville, NC area and have a Sober Transport unit based in Asheville, NC.
The intervention methods utilized by Care Confrontations are based on the positive expression of love and concern spoken in a compelling and truthful manner. The purpose is to present reality to a person who is out of touch with it. The intervention team provides instruction on how to begin the intervention planning process including who should participate, treatment options, and when and where the preparation and intervention will occur. The group is prepared through letter writing and role playing. The intervention team of licensed and registered chemical dependency specialists provides interventions all over the country and abroad. They facilitate interventions for the Betty Ford center, Sierra Tucson, Hazelden, and other treatment facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
Drug and Alcohol
This site provides information and guidelines for performing an effective addiction intervention, including the intervention process, its goals and how it is conducted. It also offers a live chat option and a free telephone consultation. Interventions are conducted by a certified addiction practitioner and are available nationwide.
Family Interventions, Intervention Training
Jeff VanVonderen is an intervention specialist offering family and coprorate interventions.
He has worked as a counselor in both residential inpatient and out patient treatment settings, as well as in the religious community. He has been an Extended Adjunct Instructor at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN. and a Community Faculty Member for the University of Minnesota's Program for Individualized Learning. For over 15 years he was part of the Senior Leadership Staff at Church of the Open Door in Minneapolis, in the area of Recovery.
Headed by a certified alcohol and drug intervention specialist, Intervention 911 provides family and executive interventions. During this process, family members, friends, or employers learn how to deal with the addict who is in denial. The counselor and the significant others help the dependent person see their addiction and its consequences in order to move them to a point of beginning addiction treatment.
This program provides nationwide intervention and transport services. Founded by an intervention specialist with a Masters in Addiction Studies from Hazelden, services consist of a pre-intervention phone evaluation and face-to-face meeting with the family (3-6 hours) including education on addiction and codependency and intervention planning. The intervention ranges from 1-2 hours on average and includes transportation escort to treatment. Post-intervention recovery management and counseling for the family for 6 months following the intervention is provided.
KD Consulting Corporation
offers drug and alcohol intervention services including Lifeline Intervention, a method designed to dismantle the addict’s "wall of denial" in a way that results in a person who is significantly more receptive and ready for successful treatment. The interventionists are Board certified and specialize in drug and alcohol intervention — including pain management addiction. Founder Kevin Dixon has a degree in chemical dependency and board certification by the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists (NADAI). He is a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI II), and a Certified Master Addiction Counselor (CMAC II).
A nationwide intervention company with board certified specialists providing crisis and drug intervention services to families and their loved ones. Intervention specialists work confidentially with teenagers, adults as well as executives and busy professionals.
Live Free Addiction Services
Live Free is a Canadian-based recovery organization. Their lead Interventionist is a Certified Addictions Counselor and is certified by the National Association of Drug & Alcohol Interventionists in the U.S. Live Free offers drug and alcohol interventions across Canada. Services include an initial consultation with family and friends, a planning call, a pre-intervention meeting, the intervention itself, and after-care to help the family get connected to appropriate resources for support. Fees are competitive and lower cost arrangements are available for those who can show proof of financial hardship.
Love First offers a full team of professional interventionists that work with families, adolescents, older adults and executives to provide intervention services for alcoholism and drug addiction. Services include selecting an appropriate treatment center, matching treatment options to family finances, making travel arrangements, facilitating the intervention, escorting the patient to treatment and post-treatment support. Information on the web site is based on the Hazelden Guidebook, Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention. It includes intervention resources, including extensive articles and links.
Wisconsin Intervention Services
Angela Utschig is an intervention specialist certified in Trauma Counseling and trained in Motivational Interviewing for addictions, ARISE Invitational intervention and the Field Model of Intervention. She offers intervention services in Wisconsin, the Midwest and nationally. The process begins with a pre-intervention phone call to the family, a pre-intervention meeting, and then the intervention itself.