Substance abuse and mental health disorders commonly cause friction between those who struggle with them and their close friends and family. Perhaps a sense of isolation drives the affected individual to put up a wall, or they are in denial about their condition; in other cases, they have caused harm or pain to themselves or their loved ones but cannot admit or acknowledge the problem. Well-meaning loved ones may find it difficult to address these concerns in a constructive manner. They likely want the struggling individual to realize that they need help, but may not be sure of how to discuss treatment without making the situation worse or may not have concrete next steps in mind.
If you or someone close to you is in this situation, the time might be right for a professional intervention. Choosing a formal intervention rather than staging the conversation on your own can have multiple benefits that make the process easier for everyone. From removing the burden of organization to conversation coaching to arranging treatment, professional interventionists offer the necessary expertise to improve intervention outcomes. The interventionists at O’Connor Professional Group offer years of training and practice with a variety of intervention types and are here to work with you to ensure a productive and respectful experience.
Interventions with O’Connor Professional Group
Our team can help arrange interventions for a wide variety of diagnoses and desired outcomes. We can offer help for clients who are struggling with concerns including but not limited to:
- Substance use disorders
- Process addictions
- Mental health disorders like depression or anxiety
- Personality disorders
Our interventionists can also assist with putting together a range of treatment plans and options. Common intervention goals include:
- Inpatient treatment
- Outpatient support
- Behavioral changes
The approach and assigned professional(s) depends on the circumstance and presenting clinical issue(s). We will pair you with an interventionist or a treatment team who best fits your needs and who has specific expertise when it comes to working with the particular concerns at hand. We also tailor the intervention to your group’s specific personality, helping choose a location, create a conversation plan, select invitees and more that will make the process feel uniquely suited for your circle of family and friends. The more our interventionists can learn about you and your loved ones, the better we can understand the right approach for the individual in need of our help.
The OPG team will first gather relevant background information on the situation, including records or statements from referring professionals, clinical providers, employers, advisors and family/support team members. With this basic understanding of the client’s situation, we can generate an initial proposal for the specific intervention protocol. We will keep an array of clinical and logistical factors in mind as we create this protocol, such as the client’s diagnosis or diagnoses, any history they may have of reacting poorly to discussion attempts, where they live relative to friends and family and the schedules of those who wish to be involved. We will present key stakeholders with this initial proposal, and work with them moving forward to tailor the protocol further as needed.
Sample Intervention Process
Although every intervention and the approach to arranging it will be slightly different, these are a few common steps that OPG can assist with and key services that we provide from the beginning to the end of the intervention process.
- Determination of the type of intervention that best fits the situation — e.g., an invitational model or a surprise model — usually based on factors like diagnosis, the severity of the case or history of willingness to discuss treatment
- Selection of an appropriate interventionist or intervention team, ideally with expertise in the diagnosis and background of the individual
- Preparatory discussions with family members, employers and/or advisors about points of leverage, what boundaries can be set if the individual declines the support offered and other possible outcomes and appropriate courses of action
- Identification of services or assistance to be offered to the individual, e.g., inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient care
- Discussion of who will participate and the logistics of invitations and attendance
- Guidance around how to write an intervention letter
- Review of intervention letters, if appropriate or desired
- Selection of an appropriate facility for treatment or care
- Coordination of admission logistics to the facility
- Determination of appropriate follow-up services regardless of whether the client accepts help
- Intervention rehearsal
- Intervention, including mediation if necessary
- Follow-up services (e.g., transport, family coaching, case management or companion services)
Families, loved ones or other professionals should recognize that an intervention is the first step in the therapeutic stabilization or recovery process. The individual for whom the intervention is held is not guaranteed to accept the offered assistance or have an immediate change of heart. But whether or not the individual accepts help, the intervention serves as a starting point to open up a discussion about addiction or mental health and the possibility of seeking help to treat the concerns at hand. It is also essential for the concerned parties to remain invested after the intervention — continued support during the recovery process is proven to be beneficial. In addition, many families and professionals benefit from ongoing, long-term services for themselves — OPG offers family, advisor and employer services to help support all those affected by an individual’s substance use or mental health disorder.
Contact O’Connor Professional Group
If you believe that someone close to you might need an intervention or benefit from any of the services we provide, we encourage you to reach out to us today to start the process. You can schedule an in-person or phone consultation with our specialists, during which we can begin to understand which of our programs and offerings will be right for you and how we can best help the individual in need. O’Connor Professional Group makes it our mission to provide assistance and support at all stages of the recovery process and for all those affected by addiction or mental health concerns. Call us today at 617-910-3940 to learn more.
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