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Choosing the right Interventionist

Where do you start?

Hiring someone to help you intervene is not an easy decision for most people. But when you’re ready to choose someone to help with an addiction of any kind – substance use disorders, gambling, food, technology, video gaming, pornography, sex, relationships, shopping or exercise – it’s important to ask the right questions. In order to find the right fit, ask if you can meet with different interventionists for free consultations, or at least chat on the phone about some of your concerns about their experience and methodologies.

It’s worth taking the time to find a good match, since an effective intervention could save your loved one’s life.

There are many “addiction specialists” out there claiming to be interventionists. However, it is critical that you find someone with exceptional credentials, references, and significant experience if you want your intervention to have the best chance at success. If you choose someone without the proper skills, at best you get lucky, at worst you alienate your loved one and make it even harder to get them to accept treatment.

The first place to go is their website and see what intervention certifications they have and you also want to see if they have been a counsellor for addictions and how many years of experience doing that. They have a code of ethics and a respected route to credentialing through their Certification Board.  Those who earn this certification will put the CIP credentials after their name or BSI. Confirm through the PCB that the interventionist has indeed earned the right to use these credentials.

Also its important to have a meeting with the Interventionist to see what Liability Insurance coverage they have and Business Licence. It is also important to make sure you receive receipts for the Intervention including GST.

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What you need to know hiring an Interventionist



Interventions are not part of a treatment centre , and are third-party contractors. You should NEVER use an interventionist that works for a treatment centre. The treatment approach should be an unbiased approach. These interventionist are approved by the Centres but they DO NOT automatically pick the Treatment Centre as the treatment provider, that decision should be made without pressure from the treatment centre.

Like most important decisions in life, you’ll want to take some time to find the interventionist that’s right for you. If you put the term “interventionist” into Google, you will find a lot of people may offer services as “addiction specialists” or interventionists. Some of these people are trained professionals, while others are so-called “self taught”. How can you know whose services are legitimate and whose are not?

This is why credentials are so important when choosing an interventionist. A credentialed profession with excellent references can make a huge difference in the outcome your intervention. Most credentialed interventionists will be listed with Credentialing Certification Designation of CIP ( Certified Intervention Professional This Board has a strong code of ethics that must be adhered to for people who bear the credential. You can recognize this certification by checking to see if your interventionist has CIP listed after their name. You can contact also to certify a service provider’s credentials.

Insurance also is a must. Finding an experienced interventionist can be hard, and we understand that you’re probably anxious to get started. We’ll be happy to refer you to a qualified professional to help you help your loved one. All phone calls are 100% confidential and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Hiring someone to help you intervene is not an easy decision for most people. But when you’re ready to choose someone to help with an addiction of any kind – substance use disorders, gambling, food, technology, video gaming, pornography, sex, relationships, shopping or exercise – it’s important to ask the right questions. When you’re in crisis mode, it can be really difficult to figure out what you should even say when you connect with an interventionist.

  1. What are your credentials?
    Simply put, you’re looking for someone with the letters “CIP” after their name. This stands for certified intervention professional, a credential earned from the Pennsylvania Certification Board (for all interventionists, in any U.S. and Canada). The individual may also have other titles, including Board Registered Interventionist (BRI-I or II). They may hold a range of counseling degrees as well such as psychotherapist (from a PhD to an ICADC.), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC), certified alcohol and drug counselor (ICADC) . But if the individual is a CIP, that’s the main credential you want to see.
  2. How many interventions have you done?
    Everyone needs to start somewhere, but when it comes to something as critical as an intervention, this is probably not the place to allow for inexperience. Because interventions are dynamic and people with addictions can exhibit unpredictable – even hostile or self-harming behavior – this is a time to go with someone with a proven track record over many years.
  3. What intervention model(s) do you use?
    There are a variety of models and many are similar. Sometimes, interventionists come to develop their own approach that combines elements from several different models. And that’s OK, as long as the person can clearly tell you the models they use and offer information that shows an informed approach. A few of the most common ones include the Johnson Intervention Model, Invitational Intervention Model, Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Systemic Family Intervention (SFI), ARISE and Pressures to Change. For more information on these, go to the Intervention section.
  4. What steps do you take leading up to an intervention?
    “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the pre-intervention work, You want to hear that the interventionist plans to meet with you and other key family members and friends once or twice before the actual intervention. Some interventionists hold planning meetings to map out how the process will go, while others will meet with you to evaluate the situation and then coach you on asking the person the addict trusts most to reach out to the addict and ask him/her to come to a workshop to learn more about addiction. The aim here is educating the family as well as transitioning the addicted person into treatment.
  5. What is your fee?
    This is a very important question because an intervention is not covered by insurance (though you can ask your tax preparer if it can be declared on taxes as an uncovered medical cost). This out-of-pocket expense can vary widely across the U.S. and Canada— This may be money well-spent if you consider all the costs if the addiction continues to be untreated — medical bills, high car insurance premiums, lawyer fees, lost wages and, worst of all, possibly funeral expenses. At the higher end of the price range, you’ll typically be working with a much more experienced pro, including those who may have to travel to where you live and who would therefore need his/her travel expenses covered.
  6. What’s your success rate getting addicts into treatment?
    You’ll want to know what the interventionist’s track record is for getting addicts to accept that they need treatment — and to go. This doesn’t always happen like you may have seen on TV, where the addicted person is shuffled into a waiting car and driven directly to rehab. Sometimes, the person agrees to go after attending to some business at home or work or making childcare arrangements. An intervention is not unsuccessful if the person fails to leave for treatment immediately in other words. But generally speaking, once your loved one agrees to go during an intervention, he/she will generally leave for a treatment center or program within a few days of the intervention.
  7. Do you have experience working with individuals who have my loved one’s type(s) of addiction?
    Interventionists may have experience working with poly-drug users (people who use more than one substance), alcoholics only, co-occurring mental health issues (like depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety) and/or those struggling with eating disorders. You may feel more comfortable choosing someone with a background in your partner, relative or friend’s type of addiction — someone who can relate to the particular challenge your family and your loved one is facing right now.
  8. What happens if my loved one refuses to go into treatment? And what if they don’t even show up to the intervention or walk out during it?
    Fees for an interventionist are paid up-front. Be sure you understand all the policies your interventionist has in place because his or her payment will be non-refundable (you’ll be asked to sign a contract, most likely, so read it carefully before you sign). So if you know your loved one is difficult, belligerent and simply uncooperative, you’ll need to know what happens next — if the interventionist will come back to try again, if need be, or if you’ll lose your payment if the addict leaves or doesn’t show up for the intervention. Getting an answer to this question will also help you learn how the interventionist has dealt with difficult situations in the past, which can help you decide if this is the right person to lead your efforts or not.
  9. Can you recommend treatment facilities/services for my loved one’s issue?
    Most interventionists will have relationships with treatment centers where their clients have gone before. Taking recommendations is a good idea, and you should follow through by calling the centers yourself to make sure it’s the right fit, taking into consideration the location, cost, staff-to-client ratio, benefit coverage, services and programs offered, among other factors. Go to How to Choose Treatment to learn more.
  10. Why did you become an interventionist?
    This can be a nice way of finding out the person’s own connection to addiction and recovery, if they have one. Whose life, after all, hasn’t in some way been touched by addiction? You may find that interventionists are compelled to help others because of their own personal battle with alcohol, other drugs or addictive behaviors. Not only will asking this question help you know the interventionist a little better on a personal level, but if they are in recovery, you’re likely to hear more about their own journey. Any interventionist you choose should be solidly in their own recovery.
  11. When can you do the intervention?
    Interventionists won’t hop onto a plane and drive to your house without first meeting you and taking the time to prepare a plan of action. So that may take a little time. “Addiction doesn’t happen overnight,” says Hightower. “We didn’t get here in a week.” Similarly, getting your loved one out of this usually long-standing and often tortured situation and into treatment won’t be an overnight endeavor for most people.  Similarly, though, you don’t want to wait weeks or months to get this process in motion, especially if you feel the risks to your loved one’s health and safety are such that an overdose or other harm is possible. And if you do feel your need is pressing and an interventionist can’t find a time to work with you, it’s probably time to look for someone else who can be there sooner

Co Dependent No More

Co DAre You Struggling 

  • Question MarkDo you find it difficult, if not impossible, to listen to other people’s problems without trying to help… sometimes even feeling responsible and guilty for their feelings? What if you could easily distinguish between healthy care-giving and codependent care-taking and feel so comfortable and confident about your own path that you could help others while never again feeling responsible or guilty for something you didn’t do?
  • Question MarkDo you often attract unhealthy partners or feel mistreated, manipulated, or controlled by others? What if you could improve your communication skills, your sense of self, and your own emotional boundaries so that you feel safe and assertive enough to express your true feelings so that people hear and respect you without fear of criticism or rejection?
  • Question MarkDo you often feel anxiety or fear about things you can’t control, such as what other people think about you or about being alone, or do you crave attention and affection even while feeling unwanted or undeserving? What if you could learn the value and joy of being your own best friend, develop your own passions and interests, and feel both peaceful and truly happy regardless of external circumstances, what other people think, or whether you’re with someone or by yourself?
  • Question MarkDo you feel a need to control others and/or the need to be in control of your own relationships and life (possibly even using addictive behaviors as a means of escaping your need to be in control)? What if you could learn to take responsibility for your own behaviors and let go of the need to take responsibility for the actions of others, and learn to accept that things are perfectly fine even when they’re far from perfect?!?
  • Question MarkDo you find it difficult to be open and honest in close relationships and/or put others’ needs above your own?What if, instead of hiding your truth, you could learn to speak it, become more authentic and assertive, initiate action, and make sure your own needs are met?
  • Question MarkDo you feel unsettled because you don’t know which step to take next to really move in the direction of your dreams? What if there was a system for determining which path best fits your dream – or for creating the perfect path for you? What if you could get personalized, step-by-step instruction for dissolving your blocks and changing your behavior so you could move forward and create the relationships and life you desire?
  • Question MarkAre you not taking action and doing what you want and need to do for whatever reason (denial, guilt, worry, fear, just plain negative thinking) to create the change you seek – AND you desperately want to rid yourself of those obstacles and move forward with optimism and confidence? What if you could make the relationships and life of your dreams REAL, NOW? You CAN!

All of these codependent behaviors involve an inability to regulate our emotions. We see something we’ve learned to perceive as dangerous and our minds leap uncontrollably into speculation, anxiety, and self-doubt, and we then take action to alleviate those uncomfortable thoughts.

If you’re not aware of your feelings or don’t know how to express them, set boundaries, or live an authentic life that represents your true self, it’s NOT your fault.

It is NOT you ! they are maladaptive skills that we use to survive

Maladaptive behaviors are actions or tendencies that don’t allow an individual to adjust well to certain situations. They are typically disruptive and dysfunctional behaviors that can range from mild to severe in scope.

Some healthy steps to healing your relationship from codependency include:
  1. Start being honest with yourself and your partner. …
  2. Stop negative thinking. …
  3. Don’t take things personally. …
  4. Take breaks. …
  5. Consider counselling. …
  6. Rely on peer support. …
  7. Establish boundaries.


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