Intervention meaning

Please don't wait until “the alcoholic or addict gets ready to get help.”  They may very well never get ready on their own.  That was an old way of thinking – believing that a person had to get ready to get help.  Once a person is locked into addiction, they become unable to process thoughts effectively.  They are most often caught up in the pain of re-thinking the same thoughts of negativity over and over again for years and years, which spirals them deeper and deeper into hopelessness, resentment, & despair.  Intervention raises the bottom, which means take power, intervene, make this time now, the bottom, stop and don’t let them have to dig any deeper.  In letting them “hit bottom on their own,” the results manifest as jails, institutions, or death.  The question becomes, ‘Is your family willing to let your loved one sink that low,’ or do you want to use the therapeutic tool of intervention; and present the opportunity to improve the quality of life today?   I will share some of my experience by saying alcoholics and addicts do recover from this seemingly hopeless state of mind & body.949-292-2000.  
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Loriann Witte CAC, CNADI, RAS    
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Intervention services are for families who need help in approaching their loved one. We have a trained and experienced intervention team who are able to travel most anywhere.  
We offer facilitated professional assistance with this critical problem.
The Intervention Process: Your Questions Answered

The intervention begins at the Family Meeting.  The counselor holds a planning, education and therapy session with the intervention group the night before the intervention.   Each member of the intervention group will be asked to write a letter about their experiences in order to help the treatment staff later work through the issues the client will be faced with.  The counselor leads the group toward a presentation of one unified message: “You have a problem, we have a solution.   We offer all of our collective support for your recovery and will no longer tolerate, or enable, your addiction in any way.  We love you so much we have had difficulty saying no to you.  We have now brought in a professional to guide us in setting boundaries and consequences.  We will not go back to the status quo.  Today is the day the abuse stops.”  

We understand that everyone has been worried and has differing thoughts of what should be done.  The professional interventionist polls everybody’s energy and gets it all moving in one direction.  We discuss and eliminate all of the reasons the addict will have for not going to treatment.  We delegate the client’s daily life tasks among the participants (ie taking care of the kids, pets, the house) to alleviate this stress from the addict.  We also deal with employment issues.  We also decide as a group what we will do for the client while they are in treatment, and what the consequences are if they try to refuse this gift.   

Wits End Interventions has a 96% success rate of admitting intervention clients

The Intervention

As an informed, educated, and organized group in agreement with our goal, we meet with the client.   We do not have to solve all family problems, nor do we have to know how the addiction can possibly be healed.   We go to the addict with one common understanding: our loved one must have professional help, or may soon die.  Treatment is essential.  We have done our homework and made the best arrangements, and today is the day.   We are here with all of our love and power to stop the downward spiral here and now.


We get the client ready and willing, and then take them to treatment.  The power and intensity of the intervention opens a window of opportunity.   The client is emotionally transcended into a state of willingness.  Whether this state of willingness is brought about by the presentation of love and concern, or the fear of consequences, the result is the same.  It’s a short window.  We must continue in action immediately, before the denial mechanism takes control again.  The message at the end of the intervention is you have 20 minutes to pack, our flight leaves in about an hour.  At this point we keep the stimulus very low.  The client most likely is in a reflective state of mind and does not want much interaction.   We need an independent means of transportation to the airport, or a family member who will not elicit any further confrontation from the client.

When the intervention is over it is over.  We stop the confrontation and let the client lean into the impartial professionalism of the counselor.   

I am also a recovering addict.  The therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel.   The interventionist and the client fly or drive to the treatment center together.


The counselor completes the transition from the intervention into the treatment admissions process.   We make every effort to introduce them to the staff and explain the process of making themselves comfortable.  

The interventionist explains to the counseling staff the disposition of the intervention and the reports of the family in an effort to educate the treatment staff as to the truths the client needs to face and work through.  The intervention letters are given to the staff for the client to use later in therapy.

One goal of treatment is to break down their denial of the severity of the disease.  Another treatment goal is to resolve and let go of resentment.  Reviewing the intervention letters with a sober head and the guidance of a therapist is done to bring about an understanding of the love involved in the gift of intervention and recovery.  We do recover.    

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Family Questionnaire: Are you troubled by someone's drinking or drug use?
Is your life being affected also.
Millions of people are affected by the drinking or drug use with someone close to them.
The following twenty questions are designed to help you decide whether or not you need
professional help to intervene & stop the obsessive behavior and end the cycle of addiction
that is hurting them & you.

  1. Do you worry about how much someone else drinks or uses drugs?
  2. Do you have money problems because someone else is drinking, using?
  3. Do you tell lies to cover up for someone else drinking or using?
  4. Do you feel that if he loved you, he would stop, to please you?
  5. Do you blame the bad behavior on the companions?
  6. Are plans frequently upset, or cancelled, or meals delayed?
  7. Do make threats, such as. “If you don’t stop.  I'll leave you” or make you move out?

  1. Do you secretly try to smell the drinker’s breath or check the drug users eyes?
  2. Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set off a binge?
  3. Have you been hurt or embarrassed by a drinker or user’s behavior?
  4. Are holidays and gatherings spoiled because of drinking or drugs use?
  5. Have you considered calling the police for help in fear of abuse?
  6. Do you search for hidden alcohol, drugs, or clues of bad behavior?
  7. Do you often ride in a car with a driver who has been drinking or using?
  8. Have you refused social invitations out of fear of anxiety?
  9. Do you sometimes feel like a failure when you think of the lengths
    you have gone to control the drinker or drug user?
  10. Do you think that, if they were sober, your other problems would be solved?
  11. Do you ever threaten to hurt yourself to scar the drug user or drinker?
  12. Do you feel angry, confused, or depressed most of the time?
  13. Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems?

What’s your score?

   Did you answer YES three or more times?  If so, YOU are personally, probable
in trouble with co-dependency issues.  Living with Addiction & Alcoholism is
a dangerous, depressing situation.  
Codependency is a very painful out of control existence.  Denial of the severity
of the problem is very common.  Yes the addict & alcoholic in your life, is making
YOU sick and less than YOUR best self.  (Al-anon is a powerful tool or the family
program associated with Narcotics Anonymous   

Addiction is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit.  Recovery brings hope.

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