-ID Subject Problem
By the time someone calls TEG, LLC this is usually
not an issue. A lengthy pattern of abuse has become apparent.
Family members are frustrated, angry and ready to do anything
in an effort to help their loved one. Although an addict/alcoholic
has to reach a “bottom” of their own design this
is truly an opportunity for family members to engage the recovery
process and bring the “bottom” to the user.
-Establish or Confirm Goals
Since the usage pattern has been clearly defined
the question becomes, “What now?” It is unrealistic
to believe that social use of any mood and/or mind altering
chemical is a viable option at this point. We believe, “the
only way to stop using is to stop using”. TEG, LLC has
ongoing relationships with professional Inpatient/Outpatient
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers and Halfway House throughout
the United States to help individuals reach that goal. Patients
can begin learning that a life without chemicals is possible.
-Collect Subject Demographic Information
A bio-psychosocial history will provide TEG,
LLC with sufficient pertinent data needed to establish a viable
intervention plan and ultimately, placement in the most appropriate
facility available. This highly individualized approach insures
the most optimal probability for success.
-Identify Team Members
You will be asked to pinpoint any persons concerned
enough to take part in the intervention process. These people
can be family members, close friends; neighbors…anyone
with a stake in seeing the subject get help.
-Speak With Members Individually
We will contact potential team members to gather more information
that may be particular to their relationship with the subject.
-Set Team Meeting
It is vital to meet as a team as soon as possible.
We want all team members to have the same goal and to focus
as a group on accomplishing this objective.
-Discuss Disease Model
Your Intervention Specialist will take the time
to explain the disease of addiction and its 4 primary components.
The disease is primary, chronic, progressive and fatal.
-Review Approach (Plan A)
There are as many different methods to achieve
a positive outcome. Normally each individual team member will
have the chance to advise the subject on how his/her continued
use has affected their own lives physically, mentally, emotionally
or spiritually. “Scripting” is a tool used by many
team members to insure they remember everything they need to
say. This is a very poignant element in the process and the
basis of any intervention. Some people will chose not to write
a script and instead speak directly from the heart. It is important
to confine comments only to areas that team members’ are
personally familiar with avoiding rumors or hearsay. “I”
statements such as, “When you drink/use I feel_______”
are a positive way to help the subject get in touch with the
scope of his/her disease. Addiction is based in self-centeredness
and therefore most addicts truly believe they are only hurting
We will also help the team remind the subject of what their
relationship was like before addiction took over their lives.
The team members’ statements will always conclude with
their desire for the subject to follow the recommendations to
be made in order to get help. We want to encourage the subject
to choose the proper course of action and feel as if they are,
in fact, making their own decision.
-Review Approach (Plan B)
Not all subjects will respond to this tactic.
This is not unusual because the primary element of addiction
is denial. When confronted in a surprise group setting like
this, the subject may turn inward and be non-responsive. The
team will formulate a series of individual and group consequences
that may be presented at this time. Members must be willing
to see these consequences through. In the past, team members
may have warned the subject that there would be consequences
associated with their decision to continue to use chemicals.
Usually, the members were unwilling or unable to follow through
thus creating a false sense of security in the subject. This
is sometimes referred to as enabling. The resolve of the team
has to be both convincing and loving.
Planning a surprise party is never easy and
an intervention is no different. The added emotional stress
involved combined with such high stakes calls for complete secrecy.
We will pick an appropriate, private location along with a date
Prior to the actual event the interventionist will contact the
individual team members for some final coaching and to answer
any additional questions.
The culmination of our collective efforts comes
to fruition at the intervention itself. The Interventionist
will introduce himself and inform the subject that the assembled
loved ones are here to voice concerns regarding his/her addiction.
He will ask that the subject listen to everything that is said
without responding until prompted to do so.
The team members will take turns voicing their rehearsed scripts
until everyone has had a chance to relate exactly how the subjects’
addiction has affected them.
We will allow the subject to respond and then make a decision.
If the subject elects to follow the teams’ recommendations,
the session is concluded and the subject is immediately transported
to the predetermined treatment provider. If not, the session
continues into Plan B.