Preparing for Intervention
One unique aspect of a Therapeutic Intervention is that IT IS NOT OUR GOAL to take the person into a rehab on the first day of meeting. We DO enroll about 70 percent of our candidates “on the spot” into healthcare treatment programs, but we may just as likely meet several more times with the family before arriving at any commitments, or we may refer them to a closed environment such as a hospital or a rehab for preliminary detox services if an outpatient detox is not advised. We’ve provided some information to help you prepare for intervention.
On the spot enrollment only occurs when both we and the family have a meaningful sense that the participant has an honest and sincere readiness to make this decision for themselves. When that happens, it’s a wonderful feeling! And when it doesn’t it is easy for families to feel a moment of defeat. But it is the job of the therapist to ensure that the family truly understands that the process of intervention, when done with kindness and love, is a process that may deepen family ties, build family communication and teach members to have healthier boundaries. These outcomes are significant and meaningful in their own right. While the family waits for the participant’s readiness, and they are preparing for intervention, we will guide them towards disengaging enabling behaviors and towards healthier boundaries. In time, when the participant is finally ready, then their likelihood of success is significantly higher.
When a loved one does not accept the invitation for treatment in the first meeting, we will invite them into contact with us and encourage them to make a new decision over time, hopefully engaging them in more family sessions, whenever that is realistic. Otherwise, we will engage the family in “coaching sessions” to help particiapnts improve their own behaviors and attitudes that may cultivate a stronger willingness in their loved one to seek treatment in the future.
Other kinds of Interventions
In recent years, interventions have burst into public awareness through media, from TV to YouTube. It is important to recognize though, that these heightened, dramatic, and often unnerving depictions typically represent only one or two models of interventions. Although each interventionist has their own style and personality, drawing from their own experiences, it is safe to say that three primary styles of interventions dominate the field.
The following descriptions are not intended to be anything more than a snapshot of the differences between these models; in the end you will have to decide where your comfort lies, and what your knowledge of your family member dictates as being the most effective for your needs:
The late night kidnap (used mostly with underage youth):
Often, large, adult men arrive at your home, sometimes in the middle of the night, and “snatch” your child from their bed to whisk them away to a far off facility. While this is effective in alleviating the nightmare parents have endured that would to drive them to such drastic measures, it is not a method endorsed by the healthcare community, citing the extreme fear and trauma such a process may induce in the child, creating even more problems for them psychologically.
The most common kind of intervention involves 1-3 interventionists who themselves are in recovery, arriving at your home to confront the person with the addiction or substance abuse problem. They share their own stories of recovery and relapse and attempt to coax the addict to enter a rehab at that time. While these personal stories may result in compliance, the person struggling with the addiction often leaves the rehab facilities prematurely or relapses quickly after release. These participants often leave the facility with feeling they were unfairly coerced and were never able to gain their own sincere commitment to sobriety.
What does an Intervention Cost?
Note: Cost for our therapeutic intervention programs varies according to circumstance and need.
OPTION 1: A Two-Day Formal Intervention
- $4,600 for a two day intervention includes 1st therapist and an AOD Counselor assistant and up to 8 hours of face-to-face time with the interventionists.
- $1000 per day for weekend day overlays (includes 2 people) (i.e. $1000 for Saturday and $1000 for Sunday).
Costs for Offsite Interventions:
- For Interventions offsite, up to 5 hours R/T travel time, ADD:
- Base fee of $5,000 for a two day intervention. (Includes 1st therapist and an AOD Counselor assistant and up to 8 hours of face-to-face time with the interventionists.)
- Add $750 per person per day of travel time. (Half days for travel, under 3.5 hours in route, counts as half the cost)
- Hotel allowances are at the discretion of the Interventionists, should they decide to stay overnight
- Additionally, you will reimburse for Interventionists’ transportation costs and meals for all the of days they are away from our offices.
- For Interventions more than 5 hours R/T travel time:
- Base fee of $5,000 for a two day intervention.
- Add $1,000 per person per day of travel time.
- You pay for Interventionists’ flights, auto rental or Lyft/Uber fees, gas, lodging and meals for all days interventionists are away from the home office.
- If interventionists drive their personal vehicles, within a 7 hour distance, you will pay a flat car fee of $600 R/T for the car in route. You will pay $100 per hour more for all drive time exceeding 3 hours in one day, including delays caused by traffic congestion.
OPTION 2: “Local and Light”
Some folks don’t really need a formal intervention, they just need some “sit down” time with a skilled family therapist who understands addiction disorder and family dynamics.