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What Is an InterventionistAlthough interventions as a concept are familiar to many, interventionists are less well known.  If you are considering staging an intervention for someone with a substance abuse problem, you should pause right now to learn more about interventists and consider involving one in the process you are about to undertake.

What Is an Interventionist?

Interventionists are not just psychologists, social workers, clinicians or administrators.  There are special certifications for interventionists, offered by the Association of Intervention Specialist Certification Board (AISCB) and the National Association of Dug and Alcohol Interventionists (NADAI).  NADAI, for example, offers separate certifications for Addiction Therapy, Addictions Counseling and Recovery Facilitation so this may give you an idea of how specialized it truly is to be an interventionist.

Both organizations that offer certification take into account both academic work and field experience. Some interventionists have Ph.D.s in a medical field while others have applied based on work experience that is evaluated on an individual level.  AISCB requires continuing education, supervised work experience, disciplinary review and subscription to the Board Registered Interventionist Code of Ethics to maintain certification.

Working with an Interventionist

An interventionist is trained to assist specifically with planning and executing an intervention.  This can be invaluable to you as you realize just how much work it takes to prepare yourself and the other participants to say what you want to say in a productive and caring manner.  An interventionist will also help you evaluate different treatment facilities and rehabilitation programs.

The interventionist’s knowledge of national programs as well as those specific to your community will exceed what you could learn on the Internet, and he will be able to advise you based on the specifics of the case and your financial situation.  Your interventionist will learn about your family and other people of importance in the addict’s life and help you determine whom to invite to the intervention.  He will also offer a couple of training sessions for everyone who is able to attend.

On the day of the intervention, the interventionist will attend in order to facilitate.   This includes keeping the tone of the intervention concerned and loving so that it can be productive, diffusing tensions if things begin to become heated and taking charge if the addict’s behavior is truly dangerous.

Call  (888) 371-5722 to have a free confidential conversation with an addiction specialist.  You can find an interventionist in your area and begin the process of helping your loved one recover.