Consultation and Strategy
Let’s start with a confidential conversation
and develop an effective plan
Develop a strategy to intervene with Love
Where do we begin? Not even the closest family members always agree on what to do. And sometimes it feels like we’ve tried everything. Over and over again.
This is how addiction functions in a family. It throws everyone’s emotions into chaos and stops effective decision making. Addiction likes chaos, because when the family isn’t working as a team, chaos enables the addiction.
No one has ever taught us what to do when addiction visits our home. No one expects it will ever happen to the ones we love. An intervention might be the next right step, or there might be an alternative solution. Let’s talk through the situation in detail, so we can give you the best advice.
An intervention can be done well or done badly. Learning how to do an intervention well is the first step for every family. Knowing exactly what should happen before, during, and after an intervention is critical.
So, what is a skilled clinical interventionist?
Skilled clinical interventionists are counselors and therapists who have worked in treatment settings as professionals. Not as support staff. They are trained as interventionists by interventionists who have also worked in treatment settings.
A good interventionist has clinical experience and credentials. Good interventionists attend intervention trainings with defined professional requirements for admission, rather than trainings that accept anyone who wants to be an interventionist, even those who have no credentials. In other words, the intervention training must have specific professional standards.
We believe that our Love First Clinical Interventionists also need a history of working in supervisory positions because when they are doing an intervention, they are in the field on their own. No one can directly supervise them. So, their experience as supervisors, managers, or directors in treatment settings give them a unique set of skills and ethics.
Meet our clinical interventionists.
It is helpful to begin with a consultation
What kinds of consultations are available?
Consultations can be done by phone or zoom. Ideally, only one or two family members will participate in the initial consultation and strategy session.
You will talk with one of our clinical interventionists, and you can read their bios here.
If an intervention is appropriate, the process can move forward as quickly or slowly as you like. Most families take a week or two to plan their intervention. However, when necessary, an intervention can occur very quickly. We have the knowledge and experience to deal with the most challenging situations.
Consultation and strategy sessions begin with a one-hour meeting to discuss your situation and determine the next best steps for your family. Our goal will be to develop a clear picture of what you can do to help your addicted loved one. Please note that clinical documentation is necessary, so your one- hour session will be a 50 minute meeting, followed by 10 minutes of documentation by the clinician. If ongoing consultation is necessary, we will do whatever is necessary to support your family.
Ongoing Consultation for the Family
Because our clinical interventionists have worked as counselors in treatment centers, have held supervisory positions in treatment settings, and have their own recovery programs, they are uniquely qualified to help your family through the interveniton and recovery.
We will help you navigate various issues, such as what to expect from treatment staff, how to communicate effectively with counselors, how to talk to your loved one in treatment, what to do if a loved one doesn’t sign a release of information or wants to leave treatment early…and the list goes on.
Ongoing Consultation for the Addicted Loved One
All of our counselors are experienced in the addiction treatment field and have their own long-term recovery. We work with addicted loved ones once they are discharged from treatment. We work on issues related to and beyond addiction. We also support the tenuous period of early recovery and what it takes to succeed long-term.
Structured Family Recovery® (SFR)
For the family and the addicted loved one.
When a loved one leaves treatment, our biggest fear is relapse. SFR takes what works so well at preventing addicted doctors from relapsing after treatment and creates a program specifically designed to work for families. We’ve never before had anything like it in the addiction field – a powerful yet simple way for family and addict to come together to prevent relapse. If you would like to discuss this possibility for your family, please let us know. To learn more about SFR, visit this section.