Professional Interventionist & Family Intervention Services
Alicia Reddy, Director of Addiction Angel, is a professionally trained interventionist who provides personal and family intervention services to those affected by drug and substance abuse. Getting clean and sober is not something that most addicts readily embrace. It can take hitting rock bottom before someone with a severe substance abuse problem is ready to deal with their addiction. Others are open to this transformation, but need help starting and getting through the process. The challenge in many cases is that the addict is in denial and thinks that either he/she doesn’t have a problem or they think they can get clean and sober by themselves. An intervention is called for when an addict is facing serious physical consequences due to their addiction and/or they are negatively affecting their lives, and others, to the point that that the addiction must be stopped.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention is an organized attempt, taken by family members and friends, to help an addict enter into a professionally supervised recovery program so that they can recover from their addiction or address whatever behavior is negatively affecting their lives. An interventionist, the well-trained expert who conducts the intervention, compels the addict to sit with his family members and/or friends who help her/him to confront the substance issues they are facing. The interventionist from Addiction Angel will first create a game plan with the addict’s family and prepare them for the intervention process. Even though an intervention is led by a professionally trained person, they want and encourage family members and friends to appeal to the addict in the hopes that the addict will understand how loved they are and how important it is for them to immediately change their lives. In some instances, family members and friends will have to make a stand and tell the addict in no uncertain terms that if the addict does not go immediately into a recovery program, they will no longer maintain a relationship, remove financial support, not allow the addict to live with them, and remove other support mechanisms. The Addiction Angel interventionist will assist the family members and friends to determine what are appropriate consequences for the addict should he/she not be willing to get immediate professional help.
A Family’s Involvement in an Intervention
A crucial and emotionally influential technique to intervene into the abuser’s drug use is family. A family intervention with the support of the certified interventionists from Addiction Angel has been proven to be the most effective way of getting the addict to undertake the treatment recommended to her/him. During the intervention, although Addiction Angel’s interventionist mediates, family members and friends emotionally appeal to the addict to accept Addiction Angel’s prescribed treatment plan. Addicts do not typically accept a proposed treatment plan for various reasons. This includes denying that they need help, denying how much their addiction is affecting their health and day to day lives, and other factors. However, sometimes, when an addict is confronted by how their addiction has affected family members and friends, they will consider a treatment program. When an addict will not accept how negatively their substance use is affecting their health and affecting others, family members are often forced to give a final warning or threaten them with other consequences. The expert interventionists from Addiction Angel will help family members and friends determine appropriate consequences which may be successful in convincing the addict to accept the prescribed course of treatment and recovery.
What is a Crisis Intervention?
Crisis interventions, as the name suggests, are more likely to be deployed in times of emergencies. Addiction Angel provides crisis interventions whenever the addict or the alcoholic is in dire need of intervention due to the threat of life-threatening psychological and/or physical consequences. If the situation is such that a person one can harm himself/herself or others, then our certified interventionists can persuade the substance abuser to seek help. During such an intervention, an expert interventionist can resort to legal services if the addict is adamant that they won’t accept help. These legal services may demand the abuser to be examined and put into an institutionalized set up until the crisis is completely over. Addiction Angel offers crisis interventions for the following issues:
- Drug addiction/ Prescription drug addiction
- Addictive behaviors like sex addiction or gambling
Other Forms of Intervention
We also provide indirect interventions. An indirect intervention is a process where we work with family members to educate them about how to deal with their addicted family member. Families are given the tools and taught how to deal with their situation. Family members are encouraged to no longer enable the abuser in order to be more effective in helping her/him get rid of the addiction. Many people might not realize that drug addiction is actually a family disease. Addiction Angel is well aware of not only how important it is for the addict to recover but also for all the other family members, who have been negatively affected by the addict’s behavior, to recover from this situation.
Our Commitment to You
Addiction Angel’s services and support do not end with the completion of the intervention. Alicia and her staff will follow up with you to keep abreast of your loved one’s recovery and to see how you are faring. The effects of addiction can have a long-term effect on family members and we want to make sure that family members receive the support they need.
Addiction Angel has been extremely effective in their interventions. Even though threats of withholding financial support, a roof over the addict’s head, and withholding other things can prove very effective, Alicia Reddy has the ability to connect with the addict’s heart and soul and persuade her/him to take the treatment they are being offered. This is not something that is taught in school. This is a very special gift that very few have that allows Alicia to connect on a very unique level with those who are deep into their addictions. Not only does Alicia use her heart and soul to help get the addict on the road to recovery, she also has great concern and shows great care for the families affected by addiction.