Intervention Counselling

During an intervention, our goal is to remove the shame and stigma of admitting you have a problem with substance use, and to get you the help you need. As an intervener, this is rarely an easy process, and often times, you may find that you yourself are in need of help.

Intervention Counselling

An addiction intervention, at its basic level, is a meeting held by family and friends with the addicted person. The purpose of the meeting is to address the addiction and encourage the addicted person to accept immediate treatment.

Our accredited intervention team, comprised of certified practising addiction counsellors is here to guide family and friends through the process, from the initial call to setting up the car ride to the treatment centre for the intervention subject.

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Our Interventions are 85% Effective

Accountability is the hardest thing to manage in addictive behavior. Addicts are usually convinced that they’re in control and that their substance abuse is not really a problem. Our counsellors are trained caregivers and coordinators who can help your family soften the blow.

Why it’s Essential that You Seek
‘Experienced Help’ for the Intervention

Success happens when the entire family practices compassion

Dealing with a loved one who engages in addictive behavior often creates emotionally charged situations. Therefore, having experienced and trained counsellors in the room ensures we stay focused on the end goal, which is treatment, and hope for the individual and their loved ones.

Our Approach to Interventions

The intervention is an intimate meeting with the primary goal of getting those who struggle with addiction into a treatment program.  Guided by our professional interventionist, the intervention team (family, friends, and interventionist) will create a plan that will help prepare everyone on how the intervention, depending upon the method or model recommended, will proceed, to secure the best possible outcome – agreement to enter an addiction recovery program by the addicted person.

The first step to a successful intervention is contacting an accredited and experienced intervention specialist. A trained specialist can not only provide family and friends with resources to help before, during, and after an intervention but will also have the experience to help breakthrough to the addicted person about their addiction and the consequences of it.

Recovery is Possible!

Having a family member who is dealing with addiction or alcoholism is one of the most trying hardships you can take on, but addiction and alcoholism are treatable, and recovery is possible. Our rehab offers the recovery for a healthy, drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.

Help is just one phone call away. Contact us today to get a free no-obligation assessment of your family’s situation.

Addiction Intervention Programs and Models

There are four generally accepted models of intervention practiced today. At CCFA, we tend to avoid the most confrontational approach except in very specific circumstances and after much consultation with the participants (family and friends) of the intervention.

Classical or Johnson Method

The Johnson Intervention Model is the one most people think of when they hear the word “intervention”. Considered one of the more confrontational methods, this classical method involves a professional interventionist guiding family, friends, and other important members of the addicted person’s social network to directly address the damage caused by their drug or alcohol use abuse. One of the key elements of the Johnson Method, is to set defined boundaries and consequences of what will happen if the addict does not accept treatment.

Motivational Interviewing

As the name implies, the Motivational Method encourages people to become motivated to change the behaviours that are causing them harm, in this case alcohol and drug abuse. It can also ease them into other forms of therapy once they have “bought into” the idea getting better. The Motivational Method is also helpful for people who are angry or hostile as they may not be ready to commit to big changes at once but it can help guide them through small steps and stages until they are emotionally ready to be motivated for great change.

The Family Systems Model or the ARISE Method

Focusing on the entire family of the addicted person, the ARISE method helps to deal with the family issues first before focusing on treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.

The primary goal is to have each member of the family make a lifestyle change that will contribute to a healthier group dynamic which includes addressing anger management, anxiety, depression, or codependency. The Family Systems Model is open with no surprises and works best when the entire family works towards a better family relationship with each other.

The Invitational Method

Similar to the Johnson Method, the Invitation Model removes the surprise aspect of the intervention. Usually, one member of the intervention team (family or friend) is asked to speak to the addicted person about getting help and arranges for everyone to meet as a group with the professional interventionist. Everyone knows what will happen at the meeting and the addict is free to decide whether they will attend or not.

The benefit of this method is that without the element of surprise, the addicted person tends to be less defensive and more open to the suggestions of treatment. While it is possible the addict refuses to attend the intervention meeting, it is encouraged that the family and friends still meet so that they can understand how they may be acting as enablers to the addicted person’s behaviour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes an intervention successful?

Commitment from the support team of family and friends. Interventions can be emotional so everyone involved must be prepared that the target person will not be open to treatment. However, success for the family can also be measured by their own resolve to move forward in a healthy way free from enabling the addict.

How long should an intervention last?

There is no set length of time for an intervention. Depending on the number and commitment of the participants and openness of the addicted person, the intervention can happen rather quickly or may extend over a few hours. The average time is usually a couple of hours.

What is the importance of intervention?

An intervention has many facets. The biggest and most important is to help guide an addict to get immediate treatment for their addiction. Secondarily, an intervention helps the family and friends of the addict also start to heal from the hurt caused by the addiction. An intervention can help people engage and identify the areas that can help family move forward as well as helping the addict get the treatment they need.

What is the main aim of intervention?

The primary goal of an intervention is to always get the addicted person to agree to immediate help to get them well. Secondarily, the aim of the intervention is to help family and friends

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