What is the Purpose of an Intervention?

You may have already tried to confront your loved one about the substance abuse that is hurting all of you. It is possible that this confrontation included threats if change did not occur. Often these confrontations result in family arguments or apologies or tears or promises. As time passed, however, the promises were broken, the discussions were forgotten, and/or the threats were not carried out. In short, the confrontations did not bring about any lasting positive changes. Structured intervention is different and it is these differences that make it effective. 

What is the difference?

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What Makes the Difference?

While your loved one may have agreed to get professional help in the past but not followed through, by prearranging alternatives for professional help, we remove the opportunity for the chemically addicted person to have a change of mind or to procrastinate. By making arrangements for the alternatives which we as concerned others select, we also force ourselves to take positive action and to do, rather than to threaten. 

What can we expect?

We Start with Care and Support,

so that the person receiving the intervention feels that those around are trying to help. There is no need to respond in anger or hide behind tears or silence. Because the concerned others do not blame, judge or criticize, there is less reason to feel attacked or defensive.

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The information presented during the intervention is focused on the harmful consequences of chemical use and gives specific, accurate, and true accounts of these harmful consequences. By keeping the focus on the behavior, we state and document the existence of the disease. We encourage the addicted person to get professional help for the disease. We want to avoid overwhelming them with requests for change. 

Dr. Jenny Sachs

About Dr. Jenny Sachs

Jenny has been working in the field of addiction for over a decade. She started her career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working for and then helping to run an Intensive Outpatient Program in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has spent the past 8 years working in private practice and then got her Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in addictions. She is also a Certified Interventionist.

Jenny believes that addiction stems from a number of factors, including genetics, environment, pain, trauma, and loss.  The root of addiction must be treated in order for a person to want to stay clean and sober. This effort is life-long and requires the support of loved ones.  Addiction is a family problem and must be treated that way.  Evidence shows that support for those in recovery leads to substantially better long-term outcomes.

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