When a friend or loved one suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol needs help, often the situation is everyone wants to help – but no one knows exactly how to help. Interventions work in two directions, a plan for safe recovery for the person suffering, and a plan to initiate and support that recovery for friends and family.
Developing a plan of recovery is the most important part of a successful intervention and this process can take several days before an intervention takes place. There are many factors that must be considered when choosing a rehabilitation program, including what is covered by insurance and what facility or program is right for the particular individual.
Successful interventions for people living on Long Island have some significant barriers to entering treatment programs. While Long Island is heavily populated, there are relatively few in-patient treatment centers. It is likely that the right facility that accepts insurance will not be on Long Island.
Further complicating an intervention is the travel and work pattern of the individual. It is common that someone works in New York City – where there are a lot of recovery resources such as out-patient treatments and hospitals. There are just more choices for recovery in New York City. An individual may connect to recovery in the City more than they will on Long Island.
For individuals living in, or with vacation homes, in the Hamptons, choosing where to do the intervention and where to go to treatment can be complex. Crisis of addiction often happen in the Hamptons (or Fire Island). There may be a narrow window to do an intervention on a weekend or vacation. The intervention may not happen in the Hamptons, but upon return to New York City.
Adam Banks is a certified recovery coach and interventionist at Suntra Modern Recovery. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and built a company which United Health Care acquired. He learned his rigor and attention to detail from his career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.