Five Reasons to Hire a Professional Interventionist

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Five Reasons to Hire a Professional InterventionistLike hiring an electrician to wire a house, hiring a professional interventionist gives families an expert to guide them through the challenging process of confronting a loved one about his or her addiction to behaviors or substances.

What Is a Professional Interventionist?

An interventionist is an experienced professional who acts as a neutral third-party in a planned intervention and guides the process of talking to a person about his or her unhealthy drug use and behaviors in a nonjudgmental and understanding way.

Using a licensed, accredited professional interventionist helps participants balance negative and positive comments according to the National Intervention for Drugs and Alcohol (NIDA). There are several goals for a professional intervention, but the main goal is to convince the person to get professional help. During the process everyone works together to encourage the person with a substance use problem to make the following changes:

  • Shift his or her attitudes
  • Accept responsibility for actions
  • Admit there is a problem with substance abuse or a behavior
  • Understand how much the substance abuse or behavior has harmed family and friends
  • Take action to overcome the substance abuse or behavior

Advantages of Using a Professional Interventionist

Many family members and friends may feel overwhelmed about the idea of confronting a loved one about his or her addiction. There are several reasons to use a professional according to information from the Association of Intervention Specialists, a group that promotes professional, evidence-based practices.

  • Reason 1 – Professional interventionists, such as a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI), undergo extensive training and offer legal protections. The following are the minimum qualifications for a BRI:
    • State recognized certification or license in a counseling related field
    • Malpractice insurance, a minimum of $1,000,000/3,000,000
    • Complete a minimum of 14 hours of training/education on intervention
    • Minimum of two years of work experience conducting interventions
    • Submit three peer evaluations and supervised practical experiences
    • Adhere to Board Registered Interventionist Code of Ethics
    • Pass an oral and/or written exam
    • Provide a letter verifying license and/or certification
    • Must continue training by obtaining five continuing education credits per year
  • Reason 2 – Professional interventionists offer training for supportive family members and friends at every stage of the process. The interventionist helps family members gather a supportive network and find a non-threatening place to meet. He or she also guides the network members through recovery giving them options for support even if the substance abuser refuses treatment.
  • Reason 3 – A professional ensures the intervention process is non-threatening and factual. The interventionist helps describe the self-destructive behavior of a substance abuser and offers examples of how his or her actions cause serious problems. He or she keeps the intervention on track by reminding participants about the goals for the intervention.
  • Reason 4 – A professional provides a framework for an effective intervention, which includes planning at every stage. A professional intervention almost always concludes by ensuring a substance abuser goes into an accredited addiction treatment program.
  • Reason 5 – A professional offers experience with mental health disorders and addiction. Around 43% of people with a substance abuse disorder have a co-occurring mental illness according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA’s 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that adults who experience any form of mental illness during a year are more than three times as likely (20% vs. 7%) to abuse or be dependent on substances.

In addition to providing objectivity and guidance during the intervention, a professional offers expertise during difficult situations. For example a professional is especially recommended to handle situations that may include violent outbursts. A professional also is experienced with suicidal language and is familiar with the signs of drug use and identifying when a person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Professional interventionists keep an intervention on track by avoiding coercion and keeping participants from attacking each other or trying to introduce feelings of shame or judgment.

Need Help Finding a Professional Interventionist and Addiction Treatment?

A substance use disorder affects a person’s entire family. When friends and family realize a loved one has an addiction and needs help, a professional offers the most effective guidance. Addiction is a brain disease that produces uncharacteristic behaviors in a person, commonly denial and anger. Having an objective, experienced person guide an intervention helps everyone involved keep on track and achieve important goals.

If you or a loved one is suffering with addiction, reach out today for help. Our admissions coordinators are available at our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week to guide you toward the best treatment options. Don’t spend another day worrying about your loved one or feeling powerless. Call today, and get the help you need.