Intervention for substance use disorders is a vital measure that supports the family and the family member compromised by addiction.
Intrepid Interventions provides an approach to addiction and intervention that is tailored to your family’s needs. Common features of families affected by addiction—such as enabling and denial—are considered and, when necessary, addressed. Characteristics that often need to be developed by families, such as empowerment, are explored and strengthened. All participants are considered students of the process, and the process is designed to consider and support the overall health of all parties.
Approach. Best practices in addiction intervention operate on a continuum from harm and risk reduction to abstinence-based recovery. Either of these approaches, or a hybrid of the two, might be appropriate depending on your family’s needs. David Petersen and Intrepid Interventions will determine the right approach for your family— a hybrid, emphasizing one of the two approaches more than the other. David and Intrepid Interventions will formulate a plan with the family group to build agreement and make a final decision about…
Process. More than just a conversation, an intervention is an educational process aimed at stopping the cycle of crisis that is so common in the life of the addict and his or her family and friends. The goal is to establish a plan that immediately places you and your loved one on the path to recovery.
Participants. Intervention participants include the family and loved ones of an addict who become united in their approach and decisions with regard to the identified patient and who can and will engage in a rapid, dynamic dialogue culminating in a static, initially non-negotiable offer to the addict and the best possible outcome for all participants. All participants are patients and learners in this clinically guided process.
- The Interventionist helps to form and initiate the intervention plan, and as needed, provide consultation in the post-agreement phase of the intervention.
- The Responsible Party acts as the business negotiator between the facilitator, the identified patient, and the family/friends.
- The Liaison serves as a broker and communicator between the identified patient and the family/friends.
Clinical Consensus. With facilitation, participants formulate a document that represents and codifies the expectations of the group. Implementing this “Magna Carta,” which addresses issues such as denial and enabling, requires explicit trust among all participants, as indicated by their signatures on the document.
Associate Facilitators. As a team-oriented clinician and field educator, David Petersen works with other intervention and recovery professionals. The services of the Intrepid Interventions team, made up of associates ranging from experienced clinicians to interns, provides alternative, more affordable options for some treatment topics and modalities. Family coaching, progress review, and troubleshooting are functions commonly performed by associate facilitators. Intrepid Interventions associates are available on a case-specific, as-needed basis.