Intervention – Creating a Plan with the Family

Working closely with the family is the most important part of an intervention. Successful recovery engages the family to support the individual in a new way, since everything the family has been doing before the intervention has not been effective. We help shift the family’s thinking and create a plan for action—before the intervention, during the intervention, and after the intervention.

Before an intervention, we spend a lot of time with the family discussing plans, including contingency plans. Usually the simple act of putting a plan into place will offer the family a lot of relief; prior to planning an intervention, the desire for a loved one to go to rehab was perhaps little more than a wish or a hoped-for New Years’ Resolution. We help engender change through a solid plan, breaking the cycle of the family’s involvement in the individual’s addiction.

Creating a Plan for Recovery

There are many elements to planning the intervention. Together, we put the plan on paper, hammer out the financial aspects, and decide on the right facility for the individual. We’ll talk about all the reasons the individual will give for why they can’t or won’t go to treatment, and we’ll address each concern in the planning stage—so when those reasons come up in the intervention itself, the answers are already taken care of. (These also include practical concerns, like taking care of the kids and pets.) We’ll remove all the barriers to saying yes to treatment.

After a successful intervention, the work with the family continues. When an individual is in treatment, many questions will come up with the family. I’m always there to answer those questions, which range from worrying about their loved one to practical concerns that have to be addressed in order for the individual to stay in treatment. It’s normal for the person to want to leave treatment, and we’ll make a plan for how the family will handle that call and encourage their loved one to make the healthy choice.

While the individual is in treatment, we work to put plans in place for their discharge. In order for recovery to stick, the affected person can’t return to the exact same situation—and so, just as we evaluated treatment centers before the intervention, we’ll evaluate plans for aftercare to support recovery long-term. That will include extended care options, sober living facilities, and intensive outpatient programs.

The intervention itself is crucial, but most of the work of the intervention actually happens after the person has landed at a facility—planning that encourages the person to stay in treatment, and to be supported when they leave.

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.

Suntra Modern Recovery provides medical treatment for alcohol and opiate addictions via video visit with medical doctors. Suntra’s alcohol and drug intervention services are available in New York, Long Island, and the Hamptons. Treatment for opiate and heroin addiction, including Suboxone treatment, can start today.

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