Questions and Consultations
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and develop an effective strategy
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 creates a “free zone” for 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.
The word intervention is bantered about loosely today
Since intervention can be facilitated in the best of ways, and in ways ill-advised, it is not surprising that each family member has their own idea of what an intervention looks like. Few have a clear picture of what a well-designed clinical intervention – that puts skill, experience and dignity first – looks like.
Learning how to do things well is the first step for every family. Knowing how a professional intervention is designed for the best outcomes for all involved. Knowing exactly what should happen before, during and after an intervention. Knowing that the interventionist you are working with is a skilled clinical interventionist.
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.
Skilled clinical 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 arranged by conference call or in-office visit. Multiple family members can participate, if you like, and we can help you decide who would be most appropriate at this point. Or it might just be you.
You will talk with one of our clinical interventionist. You can read about each of our professionals on this website. Learn more about our clinical interventionists here.
We can work with families who are living anywhere in the United States or internationally by using confidential conference calls. The intervention 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 in as little as 24 or 48 hours. We have the knowledge and experience to deal with the most challenging situations.
Consultations can begin as a one-hour session to discuss your individual situation and determine the best first steps for your family. Our goal will be to present a larger picture of what you can do to help your addicted loved one.
Consultations can tackle the larger job of detailing an entire plan that fits your family’s situation and needs. We work together to determine who should participate in this consultation. We facilitate a process that organizes what needs to be accomplished. At the end of the consultation, your family will have a solid road map showing you the most appropriate steps to help your loved one.
Ongoing Consultation for the Family
Because our clinical interventionists have worked as counselors in treatment centers, have held supervisory positions, and work their own recovery programs, they are vastly helpful to families as they go through the entire process of having a loved one in treatment.
We navigate through all possible scenarios, 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 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.
Quick Question and Answer Consultation
For the family or the addicted loved one.
Once we’ve worked together on a consultation, we are always available to answer questions or weigh in on ideas. This doesn’t need to take much time. We will talk to you in 10-minute increments for those times you don’t need an entire consultation. We accomplish this by telephone.
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.