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Intervention services for alcohol and drug addiction, pathological gambling, internet dependency, and spending compulsive behaviors for you, your family and professionals. Intervention training for mental health professionals.

Contact: J.M. Lees Therapeutic Services  to learn more.

    785-845-5416     jlees@topekatherapy.com

Family Intervention

Anytime someone needs help but refuses to accept it, a family intervention is appropriate.

A family intervention can be used for:

  • alcohol or drug abuse 
  • a gambler
  • internet abuse (or other soft addictions) 

Intervention is the most supportive and powerful method for opening up people to accept assistance.   A family intervention can be done with love and respect in a non-confrontational, non-judgmental manner.

Setting the Stage:

Family and friends may initially be apprehensive and confused. They may be ambivalent about whether or not to do the intervention. Some may be afraid of the person, others may be angry.

The goal is to move from this disorganized and chaotic state to a cohesive, focused group.

To do this, the participants meet with the leader beforehand to educate themselves about the dysfunction, to determine how to best help themselves, and to prepare for Intervention Day. This includes identifying others who should be involved , exploring appropriate treatment options, and preparing what they are going to say.

This preparation often involves several meetings, telephone calls, and culminates in a practice session immediately prior to the Intervention Day.

The time varies, but the process is usually contained within one to two weeks. Sometimes it can be shortened to a weekend.

Performing what is Practiced 

Imagine family, friends, work colleagues and an intervention leader entering a man's home or office.

As the leader ensures the process is orderly and safe, the man hears how much he means to everyone there, how he affects them with his behavior, and what they want their relationship with him to be in the future.

Then the man is asked to accept help now; appropriate arrangements are already in place. The tone is loving, respectful and supportive, but firm; there is no debate.

Seeing his many loved ones, friends and colleagues together, the man hears what they say and knows he can no longer hide his problem. Nor does he want to.

Follow UP

Much remains to be done. The education process continues. Participants follow through on their plans for helping themselves.

Family Interventions Vary

Because each family situation is different, the scope and approach to each intervention must vary accordingly. What may be practical and appropriate for one family may not be for another.

For example, some family interventions require several weeks of preparation, others can be done in a few hours or days. Some family interventions have a professional leader present, others not. Often a family intervention occurs in the person's home, others in the leader's office. Some are a surprise, others are not. Sometimes a great deal of family education takes place before the intervention, in others it takes place afterward.

Professional Intervention

Sometimes a key employee develops a self-destructive habit; for example, alcohol abuse.

This often causes lack of creativity and productivity, poor decisions, deteriorating public relations or expensive mistakes. It is costly to let a key executive go, as is finding a replacement. Perhaps this is a valued employee, possibly a friend, who has served well for many years. Far better to correct the problem and keep the executive.

But how do you address the problem without doing more harm than good?

  • Be Consistent: This is no time for questionable techniques or half-way measures.
  • No Harm Contract:   Act only within the confines of legality and professional ethics, and only with deepest respect.
  • The Time is Now: The risk of delay is great for both the executive and the organization.
  • Asking for assistance: Engage an experienced professional interventionist. The situation is too critical and delicate to do otherwise.

Intervention Training

Intervention services for alcohol and drug addiction, pathological gambling, internet dependency, and other compulsive behaviors. Intervention training for mental health professionals.

            
People sometimes engage in self-destructive behavior, rejecting any assistance others may offer. Intervention, when done properly, is extremely effective in helping those accept assistance. A long history for alcohol and drug addiction intervention is now also used for pathological gambling, internet obsession, eating disorders, and other compulsive behaviors.
Intervention Training for professionals.

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