Q: What is an interventionist?
A: An interventionist is a person who facilitates an intervention. The interventionist is an outsider unaffected by the addict or alcoholic who helps organize and deliver the intervention.
An interventionist will teach family members about the disease of addiction, and teach proper communication skills to be used while confronting the addict or alcoholic. During an intervention, the interventionist helps keep the communication to factual statements with clear expression of feelings.
The interventionist will also help counsel the family on the selection of a treatment center, taking into consideration the patient's history, financial abilities, and insurance. Following the intervention, the interventionist will accompany the addict or alcoholic to the center.
Q: Are interventions covered by insurance?
A: Usually not. Many insurance plans cover drug and alcohol treatment to some degree, but at this time interventions are not covered. Some employers may be able to assist with intervention costs through their Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Q: Is an intervention required to get someone into treatment?
A: No. In fact, many of my phone calls start with, "Have you asked your loved one to go into treatment" Although the goal of a successful family intervention is not just about getting a person into treatment, it's about educating the family and starting the process of recovery for the addict or alcoholic as well as the entire family. A professional planned intervention can go way beyond just getting someone into treatment.
A well planned intervention sets boundaries and expectations for when the loved one comes home from treatment which is an integral part in supporting long term sobriety. It allows the alcoholic or addict to see how important and loved he or she is by many people motivating him/her to give recovery his/her all. A professional intervention will educate the family about the disease concept of alcoholism and addiction.
So it is not necessary to have an intervention to get someone in to treatment, but it does help everyone involved on many levels to begin a process of recovery and healing.