Support That Makes a Difference


For family members and friends concerned about someone’s use of alcohol or drugs, there can be a great deal of confusion and frustration about what to do.  The last thing we want to do is to admit that there’s a problem……we just keep hoping things will get better or that they will just stop.

However, since addiction is a chronic and progressive disease, sitting back and hoping that things will get better can be very dangerous.  If you are concerned, NOW, not later is the time to GET HELP from someone specifically trained and successfully experienced in helping individuals, friends and families with alcohol and drug problems.

However, since addiction is a chronic and progressive disease, sitting back and hoping that things will get better can be very dangerous.  If you are concerned, NOW, not later is the time to GET HELP from someone specifically trained and successfully experienced in helping individuals, friends and families with alcohol and drug problems.

Family and Friends. Education and awareness is key.:  

For friends and family, the first step is getting information and learning about what we are dealing with. :

• How alcohol and drugs affect the person who is using and behavior associated to their use.

• How their alcohol and drug use affects you, the family and friends.

• What you need to do to get the help and support that you need. ​ For some, the education process is enough to help support their  efforts to get help for their friend or family member.  

But for others, it is clear that the person they are concerned about is incapable of admitting they are in trouble and need help. Decades of experience have shown that intervention is a powerful tool to help.

So, then – What is an Intervention? – How does it work? – Can it produce a successful result?  - Can it fail? - Who gets involved? – Where do you begin?

What is an intervention?

Intervention is a professionally directed, education process resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs.  Intervention helps the person make the connection between their use of alcohol and drugs and the problems in their life.  The goal of intervention is for them to accept help and begin the road to recovery

How does intervention work? 

As we discussed earlier, much of the intervention process is education and information for the friends and family.  The opportunity for everyone to come together, share information and support each other is critically important.  Once everyone is ready, a meeting is scheduled with the person everyone is concerned about.

Can intervention be successful?  

Absolutely! When done with a person who is trained and successfully experienced as an interventionist, over 90% of people make a commitment to get help.

Can intervention fail?  

Yes.  But, as stated above, most interventions are successful.  In some cases, a person may refuse help at the time of the intervention, but as a result of the intervention, come back and ask for help later. Please note. Interventions without professional help, fail.

Who gets involved in doing an intervention?  

Most successful interventions are professionally directed.  The interventionist will work help you to determine who should be invited to participate in the intervention- parents, spouses, siblings, friends, co-workers etc.  Making sure that the right people are involved is very important to the success of the intervention.

Where do you begin?

 It is first important to realize that intervention may not be necessary or appropriate for all families or all circumstances.  

Once the intervention takes place, I remain with the client until they arrive at the designated treatment facility. Treatment Escorts are my specialty and are advisable to assure a successful admission. Please remember, "physical withdraw" from certain chemicals are life threatening and must be handled professionally.


Today, many adolescents and their families face difficult times. Many of these young men and women struggle getting along with their parents and more often then not turn to drugs and alcohol, skipping school, running away, physical and verbal abuse toward parents. ​ The family becomes chaotic and it is a major task just getting through the day. Often the family faces the difficult decision of sending the adolescent to residential treatment. Many times these recommendations come under scrutiny by other family members and professionals. At times, it seems that the only way to settle the absolute craziness in the family with the child is to remove them from the home and offer them a safe environment where they can reflect on their behavior and learn more effective coping mechanisms.

No matter what the reason, the decision to send a child to residential treatment does not come without tremendous heartache to the parents. ​

My mission to offer the adolescent the opportunity with a fresh start that is based on Respect, Dignity, Relationship, and Resolve. Many treatment centers and parents believe that the first step in the treatment process begins with the initial engagement of the transport service. It is my job to initiate an environment of trust and mutual respect that offers your child hope that he can resolve whatever issues afforded him the opportunity for me to step into his or her life at that precise moment.

Through this brief, though critical initial phase in your child's process of self discovery he will be afforded a lifeline of mutual trust and respect, based on his behavior and commitment to change. My goal is to identify with your son or daughter his motivation, inner-strength, and to enlighten him on his opportunities as they exist in the moment of "critical exchange." Anger at this moment is accepted, and not the exception. We enjoy the experience of helping your child become enlighten during this critical moment through our training in crisis intervention, positive verbal exchange, treating your child with dignity and respect, and with the belief that physical interaction is the absolute exception, unless the child puts himself at risk to harm himself or someone else.In the process of this interaction the most important goal is that your son or daughter get to the facility safely. ​

It is my goal that you are completely comfortable and absolutely satisfied with our work from the moment of our initial contact with you the parent, until I have fulfilled our obligation to you and your child. My goal is to offer your child the most supportive environment possible, based on his/her mood and commitment to the intervention process. It is my goal to take this often threatening and tense situation, minimize the volatility that may exist when we first encounter your son or daughter, and afford them the opportunity to build a relationship based on firm boundaries, expectation of behavior, trust, and open and honest communication.




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