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An intervention can help motivate your loved one to seek or accept help, even if they are unwilling to do so. We provide trauma informed, clinical soultions for the whole family. Our Interventionists are nationally certified and we work with clients across the United States.

What is an Intervention?

People who struggle with addiction and/or mental health are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. An intervention presents your loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things get even worse, and it can motivate them to seek or accept help.

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An intervention is a carefully planned process that may be done by family and friends, directed by an intervention professional (interventionist). At Therapeutic Recovery Network, our experienced intervention team has nationally certified interventionists as well as licensed clinical therapists to help guide you and your family through the intervention process.

During the intervention, these people come together to confront your loved one about the consequences of addiction and ask them to accept treatment.

The intervention:

Provides specific examples of destructive behaviors and their impact on your loved one with the addiction and family and friends.

Offers a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps, goals and guidelines.

Spells out what each person will do if your loved one refuses to accept treatment.

How does a typical intervention work?

An intervention usually includes the following steps:

Make a plan. A family member or friend proposes an intervention and forms a planning group. It's best if you consult with a trained professional such as a licensed therapist or a certified interventionist to help you organize an effective intervention. An intervention is a highly charged situation with the potential to cause anger, resentment, or a sense of betrayal.

Gather information. The group members find out about the extent of your loved one's problem and research the condition and treatment programs. The group may initiate arrangements to enroll your loved one in a specific treatment program.

Form the intervention team. The planning group forms a team that will personally participate in the intervention. Team members set a date and location and work together to present a unified and consistent, rehearsed message with a structured plan. Often, nonfamily members of the team help keep the discussion focused on the facts of the problem and shared solutions rather than strong emotional responses. In many cases you don't let your loved one know what you're doing until the day of the intervention, in other cases we will invite your loved one to a series of family / network meetings. We will guide you on this during the preparation meetings as we determine the model of intervention that is best for your family.

Decide on specific consequences / bottom-line boundaries. If your loved one doesn't accept treatment, each person on the team needs to decide what action they will take. For example, you may decide to ask your loved one to move out.

Make notes on what to say. Each team member describes specific incidents where the addiction and/or mental health issue has caused problems, such as emotional or financial issues. Discuss the toll of your loved one's behavior while still expressing care and the expectation that they can change. Your loved one can't argue with facts or with your emotional response to the problem. For example, begin by saying "I was upset and hurt when you drank …"

Hold the intervention meeting. Without revealing the reason, your loved one with the addiction and/or mental health issue is asked to the intervention site. Members of the team then take turns expressing their concerns and feelings. Your loved one is presented with a treatment option and asked to accept that option on the spot. Each team member will say what specific changes they will make if your loved one doesn't accept the plan. Don't threaten a consequence unless you're ready to follow through with it.

Follow up. Involving a spouse, family members or others is critical to help someone with addiction and or mental health issues to stay in treatment and avoid relapsing. This can include changing patterns of everyday living to make it easier to avoid destructive behavior, offering to participate in counseling with your loved one, seeking your own therapist and recovery support, and knowing what to do if relapse occurs.

A successful intervention must be planned carefully to work as intended. A poorly planned intervention can worsen the situation — your loved one may feel attacked and become isolated or more resistant to treatment.

Our Intervention Process

We provide a compassionate, customized, and trauma-informed approach to Intervention that achieves the best possible outcome and supports healing for both the individual and their support system. With over 20 years of experience in the field, we have developed a process that draws upon the most effective intervention models, to include the invitational model as well as the suprise intervention model. Our goal is to facilitate long term sustainable recovery and healing for the whole family system. 


As a family or friend you have leverage that can be used to encourage your loved one to enter treatment. An intervention is not a single event, it is very much a process. While each intervention is tailored to your specific needs, our process typically involves the following:

1. First Call Consultation: We will listen & understand your unique situation to begin to develop your specific plan.

2. Identify the Support Network: We will work with you to identify the most impactful and appropriate friends/family members to be a part of the support network and intervention process.

3. Clinical History: We will obtain a thorough clinical history of your loved one from each appropriate network member.

4. Level of Care Assessment: We will assess and evaluate your situation and recommend the appropriate level of care.

5. Preparation and Planning: We will facilitate preparation meetings with the support network. This could be one or several meetings depending on the specifics of the case.

6. Impact Letter writing process; coaching and consulting / assisting in identifying healthy & appropriate boundaries.

7. Treatment & Provider Recommendations.

8. Treatment Placement Selection Process and aid with the admissions process.

9. Coordination of sober transport if necessary.

10. Facilitation of the Intervention / Family Meeting (location TBD)

11. Post Intervention meeting with network and Intervention team immediately following Intervention.

12. Referral recommendations for the family and support network.

13. After the intervention is complete we offer a variety of case management and continuing care services.

Our Intervention Team

We offer professional consulting, intervention, and treatment placement services for families that have a loved one who needs treatment for substance abuse, addiction, or mental health issues. We can help start the journey to recovery regardless of if they are willing or unwilling to accept help. Our goal is whole family healing and change. We are nationally certified and work with clients across the United States.

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