8 Steps to Planning an Intervention From Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
Alive Again:Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug AddictionBy Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.In Alive Again, renowned recovery expertHoward C. Samuels, who has been clean andsober since 1984, reveals how he learned tofollow the 12-step path to a happy andproductive life. He provides hope, inspiration,and prescriptive advice for how you or yourloved one can recover too. He introduces TheHills Treatment Centers Program for Recoveryand guides you through the process. Along theway, he reveals the dramatic story of his ownaddiction and repeated bottoming out amongthe rich and famous in New York andWashington, D.C.http://www.thehillscenter.com
What Id like to do is give you a few tools, on the front end, forstaging an intervention. These tools -- these steps --absolutely need to be adhered to; there is no shortcut forsaving someones life. And, Im giving them to you in the spiritof the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So it is withan intervention: You draw your boundary and then, no matterhow much they beg or manipulate, you adhere to it.Because, youre doing it for their own good. And thats whatlove looks like.http://www.thehillscenter.com8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- Between 3-6 people is a good number.- Maintain conﬁdentiality, and do not include children.- Discuss the facts about the patient, and note the harmfulbehavior you have all observed.- Plan what each of you will say and in what order. Try not tobe repetitive.- Discuss how you believe the patient will react, and anticipatehow you will address denials, tears, anger and so forth.1. Meet with friends and family members, but do notinclude the addict or the alcoholic.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- Rehearse what each will say, and discuss possiblereactions with the therapist.- The therapist may ask that you write down a list ofbehaviors that will no longer be tolerated and what theconsequences will be if each behavior continues.- You might also make a list of losses that resulted from theaddicts behavior, such as a job, a relationship, or money.- Choose a spokesperson for the intervention.2. Meet with a professional counselor or therapistbefore the intervention, with your whole group but notwith the patient.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- Ascertain that the situation merits intervention, that thepatient is causing harm but is otherwise not suffering from amental condition.- Choose a facility in advance, and contact that facility todiscuss your plan.3. Discuss treatment options with the therapist.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- Make sure there will be no interruptions, including cellphones.- All should be in attendance before the patient arrives.- Arrange a time when you believe the patient will besober.4. Choose a private location, and decide who will sitwhere.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- "We are all here because we love you and are concernedabout you."- You dont need to use the words addict or alcoholic.- Begin each sentence with the word I or we, and not theword you.Such as, "I am upset about how you are drinking andstressing out the family," or "We are here to save youfrom yourself."5. When the patient arrives, speak calmly and do notaccuse anyone in the room.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- If he or she denies a problem, go around the room andask each group member for evidence of the problem.- Remember to avoid accusations or anger.- Listen to what the addict says, but dont agree with him orher. - Tell the addict you love him or her, and that you dontwant the addict to destroy his or her life.6. Ask the patient to conﬁrm there is a problem.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- It is not acceptable for the patient to say that he or she willseek treatment "later."- This meeting is an ultimatum, and you have prepared inadvance for what you will say to every objection.- The counselor will help the patient deal with anger ordenial.- You dont want the patient to feel as if everyone hasganged up on him or her, but be strong. Dont cave in.7. Offer immediate treatment, and explain the detailsabout the therapeutic facility you have arranged.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.com- In most cases, the patient will agree to go to rehab. If not,then that doesnt mean youve failed.- Your efforts may start a chain of events that ultimatelyleads to change for the patient.- In addition, youve made it known that you will no longerenable his or her behavior.8. Close the meeting on a positive note: "We just careso much about you, or we wouldnt do this at all."An intervention is a success even if the client refuses to go to rehab,because at least the family has united to set a boundary. This means life willnot be the same for the addict, and a process has started that will one dayresult in the addict getting treatment. And that is when the healing begins.8 Steps to Planning an InterventionFrom Alive Again by Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.
http://www.thehillscenter.comHoward C. Samuels, Psy.D. is an internationally renownedrecovery expert. He is the founder and president of theprestigious The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles andhe appears regularly on national TV news shows about thechallenges of drug addiction.Available where books are sold!AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieboundAlive Again:Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug AddictionBy Howard C. Samuels, Psy.D.