The Importance of Interventions

This week, Whitney Houston told Oprah Winfrey that her mother saved her life through an intervention, bringing to light the success rates of professionally conducted interventions, as well as the importance of treating addiction with the help of experts.

Susan Rosovsky, an addiction interventionist in Atlanta, explains that the earlier the intervention occurs, the better. The longer an illness progresses, the harder it is for addicts to quit. Unfortunately, many people still believe that addicts have to “hit bottom” before they can get better.

But according to research done by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, treatment for addiction does not need to begin voluntarily to be effective. “The lower the bottom, the harder it becomes to ever return to the surface,” says Rosovsky.

Anyone who is consumed by alcohol or drugs of any kind is incapable of making consistently healthy choices, and thus requires professional expertise to help get healthy again. Working with a specialist will offer significant advantages that save families time, money, and emotional pain in the long run.

Traditional psychiatry and counseling are most often not the answer. Research shows intervention to be successful 85% to 95% of the time. Truly successful outcomes for any serious illness require a variety of interventions—based on the latest research to include medicine, nutrition, education, relational support, etc. A professional interventionist will provide oversight and continuity to permanently raise the bottom of the entire family of those suffering from addiction.

Susan Rosovsky LPC, CCADC, BRI, is the founder of ProActive Interventions. More information is available by calling 678.662.1892 or online at .