Interventions

Interventions

dual diagnosis intervention

Substance misuse and dual diagnosis disorders do not just affect the people with the disease. They have a ripple effect on addicts’ families and friends, too, because these people often encounter erratic behaviors, have an unstable home dynamic or constantly worry about their loved one’s health and safety. A professionally facilitated intervention can be the first step to recovery for all involved.

Pulling our hair out just to hit another dead end when the voice on the other end of the phone say’s I’m sorry but we can’t help. With one phone call all that changed. . . She is now on her way to recovery.

An intervention is a structured opportunity for loved ones to help people of all ages realize the full extent of their problem and admit their need to seek professional rehabilitation treatment. Refusal to concede to having a problem is a hallmark of addictive behavior and co-occurring disorders, so the primary objective of an intervention is to emphasize the severity of the condition and guide someone to the realization that it is time to get help.

Deciding when to stage an intervention involves determining when the behavior has progressed to a point where the person has lost control of one or more aspects of their life.

  • Higher tolerance for drugs or alcohol
  • Secrecy around the extent of substance use
  • Increasing financial and interpersonal difficulties
  • Decline in personal hygiene or appearance
  • Inability to enjoy activities that were once hobbies
  • Failing to meet basic responsibilities, such as going to work or taking care of children
  • Changes in mood, sleep cycles and eating habits
  • Trying repeatedly to cut back and failing
  • Reckless behavior, such as driving under the influence

Learn More About Professional Interventions

A professional intervention provides outside help from someone who is not emotionally involved with the problem. Hiring a certified and experienced intervention specialist allows friends and family to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing their loved one is in safe, competent hands.

Rich Whitman has worked as an addiction professional for more than 30 years, and in his career, he has organized interventions throughout the states with a 98 percent success rate. As an awarded interventionist, he has made more than 50 appearances as a featured specialist on the Dr. Phil talk show. To learn more or book an intervention, call 210-291-0278.