Does your loved one need help?
Sometimes an individual’s risk-taking behavior reaches a point when it is best for their safety to have a family drug or mental health intervention that leads to their placement in a residential treatment center, wilderness program or therapeutic boarding school. At R&A Therapeutic Partners, trained therapists Raymond Estefania and Ana Moreno help families evaluate programs and choose the best fit for their loved one based on their unique needs, using our extensive knowledge and experience working with a wide range of programs across the country. We spend about one week out of every six weeks traveling the country and making sure we understand which therapeutic resources are available to help individuals and families.
A professionally managed intervention can be an invaluable tool for anyone who is concerned about their loved one’s health and future. Whether the person you care about struggles with substance misuse, mental health challenges or both, a drug intervention or mental health intervention is crucial for breaking through the wall of denial and guiding your loved one to an individualized plan for lifesaving recovery.
Why Choose an Intervention?
When someone you love is engaged in the self-destructive cycle of drugs and alcohol, they are jeopardizing your entire family dynamic. Though TV shows and movies portray interventions as a confrontational process, a carefully orchestrated intervention removes the drama from the equation and helps family members communicate their support to the addicted person, guiding them to the appropriate treatment solution.
The goal of an intervention is to help the person suffering with a substance use disorder or mental illness see how their behavior is affecting them and the people who are most important to them, which often will motivate them to seek help. During the meeting, the family and friends of the individual express how the individual’s behaviors and actions are impacting them and the people that care about them. This serves to break through the denial and assist the person to gain insight into the severity of their illness and see how their substance use and mental health challenges are interfering with their relationships and overall functioning in life. The ultimate goal is to encourage them to face their problem, accept help and seek treatment for their condition.
Because interventions can become highly emotionally charged, a professional interventionist’s experience can prove invaluable at minimizing defensive or hostile reactions and keeping the meeting on track. As a neutral third party, an intervention specialist can remain detached from the emotional baggage that often comes with fraught family dynamics.
Tips for Planning a Successful Intervention
Though interventions can be unpredictable, you can take steps to improve the outcome.
- Involve the right people: The people you invite to your intervention should be the most loved, trusted and influential ones in the individual’s life. Examples include spouses, parents, siblings and close friends.
- Consider the timing: Hold the intervention while the addicted person is sober. Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol will change the person’s behavior and will cause them to respond differently to the meeting. They may act unpredictably or even lash out angrily.
- Rehearse: Prepare your remarks beforehand and rehearse them so you don’t become overly emotional or say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Personal attacks can completely derail an intervention.
Qualified Miami Interventionists
R&A Therapeutic Partners has more than 35 years of combined experience working with individuals who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders, and we are uniquely qualified to help you intervene and secure the best possible placement for your loved one. Our Miami interventionists, Raymond Estefania and Ana Moreno, want to help you find the solution that is best for your family. If you are seeking an intervention for a teen, young adult or older adult, call us at 786-452-7352 to make your appointment.