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Announcement: How to Do an Alcohol Intervention on a High-Functioning Alcoholic

Announcement: How to Do an Alcohol Intervention on a High-Functioning Alcoholic

We suggest you first read “How to Recognize a High-Functioning Alcoholic” to help you eliminate any denial or soft-pedaling by family members. The high-functioning alcoholic can be one of the most difficult to do an intervention on because denial is so strong.

Families often proceed with an alcohol intervention when the alcoholic has really done significant damage, such as been arrest for DUIs, ended up in the hospital, been in a car wreck, or has completely ruined their financial, professional, and family lives. Full Story

Addiction Interventions by Professionals for Professionals

Addiction Interventions by Professionals for Professionals

Staging an effective addiction intervention is an art form. While some people respond well to confrontation, others need a softer, gentler approach. Because different strategies motivate different people to enter drug treatment, special consideration should be given to the individual’s background when planning an intervention.

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Common Approaches to Drug and Alcohol Intervention

When we think of the word “intervention,” we typically picture a group of friends and family confronting a drug addict or alcoholic in a familiar setting. This type of intervention is known by those in the recovery industry as the “living room ambush,” or the Johnson method. Named for Vernon E. Johnson, an Episcopal priest and author of “I’ll Quit Tomorrow,” it is intended to save the addict from hitting rock bottom by having family and friends try to break through the person’s denial with the help of a professional interventionist.

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How to Find an Interventionist

You have come to the conclusion that your loved one is in desperate shape – his or her addiction has spiraled out of control and all your attempts to get them help have failed. Now you are considering hiring an addiction interventionist with the hopes that this will finally convince your loved one that treatment is the only option.

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Sticky: Is There Such Thing as a Failed Intervention?

An Interview with Interventionist Earl Hightower, BRI-II, CCDC.  Earl Hightower has performed over 2,000 interventions and has been doing interventions for over 20 years. Visit his intervention site for more information.

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Sticky: The Field Model of Intervention for Complex Clients: An Interview with Jane Mintz, Addiction Intervention Specialist

When Jane Mintz tells you that her 17 years as an LPGA golf professional helped prepare her for a career as an interventionist, you might smile when you imagine what she means. The truth is, Jane approaches addiction intervention the same way she approached golf: as a consummate professional who hones her craft through hard work, tenacity, and dedication. Full Story

What Happens in an Intervention?

For many families, an intervention is a last resort. If you have a loved one that is an alcoholic or drug addict and either can’t – or won’t – seek help on their own, an intervention is probably the only hope you have. The fact that you’re even considering an intervention shows just how desperate your situation has become.

The good news is: an intervention will help bring about change. How much change occurs will depend on a number of factors. Full Story

When Do You Know You Have Hit Bottom?

You’ve lived with your behavior (drinking and/or doing drugs) for so long, made excuses to justify continuing along the same path, and generally convinced yourself and others that you can do what you want, it’s your life. So when do you know you’ve hit bottom? Full Story

Inside the Intervention Process

By Alison Lyke

It can be hard to approach an addict about their problem. They can get defensive, refuse to talk about it, or even completely deny their addiction. Behavioral scientists have created the intervention process as way for loved ones to bind together to confront an addict. In some extreme cases, an intervention is more for the family than for the addict. The family needs to feel that they have done everything that they can for the addict. Full Story