An intervention is one of the most loving things you can do for the person you care for who struggles with a substance abuse problem or other addiction. Lin Anderson, LMHC, MA, EdM, and Aaron Sternlicht, LMHC, CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor), are nationally certified intervention professionals with years of experience in managing interventions that encourage your loved one with an addiction to enter treatment. To learn more about planning an intervention, call the office in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York City, New York, or book an appointment online.
An intervention is a staged meeting for the purpose of encouraging a person to seek treatment for their opioid, alcohol, or drug addiction. Lin and Aaron also do interventions for behavioral addictions such as gambling, sex, food, porn, the Internet and other electronic addictions.
Families don’t need to wait for a loved one with an addiction to hit rock bottom. Instead, they can raise the bottom by encouraging the addict to seek treatment before that person bottoms out with a life-threatening event.
There are different ways to approach an intervention, such as:
In this direct approach, the addicted person does not know you’ve planned an intervention. During the intervention, you confront them with the negative impact their addiction has had on family and friends as a way to break through their denial and get them to enter treatment.
ARISE stands for A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement. With this approach, the addicted person knows from the start that an intervention is planned, and they’re invited to join the process.
This intervention includes the entire family rather than focusing on the person who’s addicted. The family learns about the disease of addiction, how it affects each person, and how the family can recover together with the addict.
Interventions take place over two days, with a one- or two-week interim period between the two days:
Lin and Aaron meet with family, close friends and close co-workers participating in the intervention. They spend about four to six hours together, as Lin and Aaron collect information about the family and the addicted person’s history.
They talk about which interventional approach is best and write letters to read to the addicted person during the intervention.
Under the guidance of Lin and Aaron, they role-play how the intervention will be conducted and what boundaries they’ll maintain if their loved one refuses help. In other words, they are fully prepared for the intervention.
When the intervention takes place, Lin and Aaron are there to guide the process, diffuse anger or frustration, keep the intervention focused, and encourage the addict to accept help.
Although most interventions last two to six hours, yours doesn’t end until your loved one accepts help or you say the intervention is over.
Following an intervention, you receive three follow-up family coaching sessions regardless of whether or not your loved one accepts help.
Many people benefit from inpatient treatment that can help them safely withdraw from drugs while providing intensive counseling.
A bed is on standby at a rehabilitation center or detox facility, and safe transportation is in place for after the intervention.
Lin and Aaron work closely with a small network of treatment centers that offer the highest quality of care. They carefully match each client with the one that’s most appropriate for them based on their needs.
Lin and Aaron also partner with psychiatrists who offer medication-assisted treatment, including Suboxone® to help you safely withdraw from an opioid addiction, and Vivitrol® to aid in your ongoing recovery.
In addition to post-graduate training in facilitating interventions, Lin and Aaron also have a background working in various clinical settings and have experience in dealing with high conflict family situations and family dynamics. Through their training in multiculturalism and experience in working with families from various backgrounds, their interventions are sensitive to multicultural concerns.
If you’re considering an intervention for your addicted loved one, call Family Addiction Specialist or book an appointment online.