Short definition: Intervention is a staged event, prepared for a person by concerned family and friends to lovingly confront their unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle. With or without a facilitator, the concerned group “sets the stage” for the person’s option to choose health over sickness and untimely death.
The neutral ground of conference space in David Petersen’s downtown office in Colorado Springs, or an arranged conference space in Denver or Pueblo such as an executive center or hotel is ideal for appropriate clinical intervention. Families who wish may arrange and secure the space for ease of access to participants and control of cost. Privacy and access to comforts (ie restrooms, coffee & food service) are important as the intervention is a psychotherapeutic workshop of duration and intensity. Consideration will be carefully made for the social and geographical logistics of Colorado pertinent to the family, friends and needs of the addicted individual in concern.
Advance preparations can be made either by family members or by intervention staff subsequent to initial consultation. The initiation fee does not include cost for advance preparations but can be clearly and fairly priced for families who prefer. There is unmistakable therapeutic value in family participation in the advance preparation tasks that will be identified in initial consultation.
Half-day (6-hr) interventions are only available in Colorado, and can be arranged on very short notice after an initial consultation of one to two hours depending on the logistical needs appropriate to the group of friends and family. In cases where initial consultation clearly reveals the need for full-day intervention, only full-day intervention will be offered. Base fee for interventions is for prepaid clinical services only. Travel and other expenses will be added as needed.
Intervention for substance use disorders or unmanageable psychopathology is a vital and diversely understood measure that the loved ones of a substance user or unmanaged person increasingly undertake in order to help their loved one. I have been the personal beneficiary (in 1977) and a facilitator (professionally since 1992) of intervention for most of my adult life, and am pleased to note that at this senior stage of my career, I have formulated an affordable and effective intervention that can be scheduled on relatively short notice. Below are the key philosophical and logistical elements of the intervention process I facilitate:
Enabling & Empowerment: These are simple yet at the same time complex facets of intervention that require definition, identification and attention. The enabling actions or behaviors of family & loved ones mitigate success; empowerment mitigates failure. Competing priorities that include the overall health of ALL parties involved receive appropriate attention.
Risk Reduction & Recovery: Harm & Risk Reduction and Abstinence-Based Recovery are two essential & valid theoretical approaches towards resolving an individual’s addiction or incapacity to refrain from compulsive behaviors. A hybrid that emphasizes one predominantly over the other assures greater success.
Participants: Family & loved ones who can and will engage in a rapid, dynamic dialogue that finds a common highest denominator for all parties invested that becomes a static, initially non-negotiable offer to the identified (addict) patient. All participants are patients (learners) in this clinically guided process.
Roles: Facilitator(s) help to form and initiate the intervention plan, and as needed, to provide consultation in the post-agreement phase of the intervention; Responsible Party acts as the business negotiator between the facilitator, identified patient & family/friends; Liaison serves as a broker and communicator between the identified patient & family/friends.
Magna Carta: With facilitation, participants will formulate a document that represents and codifies the expectations of the group. This document may, as the historical Magna Carta turned out, be alterable by key participants (or Responsible Party) and require the explicit trust and acceptance of the signers of the document.
Associate Facilitators: As a team-oriented clinician and field educator, I offer the advantage of other affordable resource persons ranging from experienced clinicians to interns. These associates are available on a case-specific, as-needed basis. Family coaching, progress review and trouble-shooting are each functions that associate facilitators may perform.