Resources to Keep You Sane
Al-Anon - The Twelve Step Program for Family and Friends of Alcoholics
Codependents Anonymous - A Support Group for People who Struggle with Boundaries in their Relationships
Nar-Anon - The Twelve Step Program for Family and Friends of Drug Addicts
Choosing an Intervention Expert
Understanding the educational backgrounds of interventionists may be a helpful way to differentiate between one type of interventionist and another, but it may not be the only method families will use in order to find the right person to work with on an intervention. After all, an advanced degree may not translate into an advanced ability to understand the individual needs and pressures that family members are going through as they deal with an addiction issue.
In the end, it might come down to whom the family members feel comfortable with. The interventionist is likely to spend a significant amount of time working with the family and learning a substantial amount of details that some families would prefer they kept private. It’s best that the family chooses someone they feel comfortable being completely open and honest with, on a day-to-day basis. On the other hand, asking about qualifications is a perfectly reasonable way for families to protect themselves against people who would do a poor job or provide advice that’s not based on scientific principles.
By ensuring that the person they choose has the proper education and certifications, families can ensure that they can trust the information and advice the interventionist provides during the planning stages, as well as the intervention itself. Many interventionists will display their educations on their websites and printed business cards, but others will need prompting to share this information with interested families. Those who won’t respond to requests for information about their education and licensing might best be avoided.
If you’d like help finding a professional interventionist who has the qualifications you’re looking for, contact us today at 844-768-1217. We can match you up with an interventionist who works in your area and answer any questions you have.