Five Questions You Must Ask Any Potential Interventionist

Five questions you must ask any potential interventionistIf you are staging an intervention, increase your chances of success with the help of an interventionist. This trained professional will be there with you throughout the process, teaching you everything you need to know about confronting the addict and finding the right treatment options. She will also be there during the intervention to help both you and the addict communicate.

Working with an interventionist requires a significant amount of trust and comfort.  You are letting this person into your world and sharing an extremely important and sensitive event.  You don’t have to hire the first interventionist with whom you speak. Any good interventionist will be willing to have a conversation to help you determine whether they are a good choice for you.

Five Simple Questions to Ask a Potential Interventionist

  1. What certification do you have? An interventionist has different credentials from other addiction specialists.  Often this certification is in addition to a degree in medicine, social work or another field that works with addiction or rehabilitation.  Certifications are granted either for coursework specific to interventions or a commensurate amount of field experience.  The Association of Intervention Specialists Certification Board (AISCB) and the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists (NADAI) are the two primary sources of certification.
  2. What style or styles of intervention are you familiar with? You don’t want to be limited by your interventionist’s limits. Ideally, you will work with an interventionist who can give you information about systemic models of intervention as well as the more traditional Johnson model, which involves a single direct confrontation.  Before you make the commitment to work with the interventionist,  you should be able to agree on a model that is a good fit for your particular case.
  3. How much will this cost? Some interventionists charge a flat fee for the entire process while others have hourly rates.  Some interventionists charge according to your ability to pay. An interventionist charging average rates will probably end up costing a few hundred dollars, but you could pay more than that for someone with a lot of experience or less than that for someone who prorates for special cases.
  4. What treatment centers and rehab facilities are you familiar with? Find out whether the interventionist only knows local facilities or has some knowledge of options all over the country.  You should be able to discuss specialty treatment programs (e.g., facilities that are just for teens, Christians, women or men) and learn about both inpatient and outpatient facilities.  Make sure your interventionist isn’t limited in his knowledge or trying to direct every family to the same facility regardless of their case.
  5. Have you ever dealt with a situation like this before? This is primarily a question to reassure yourself.  The answer will rarely be “no” but you’ll get a sense of how the interventionist feels and how she will treat you if she discusses a particular example from her practice.

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