An interventionist plays a very important role in recovery. Typically, an interventionist works with the family and friends to help an individual who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. The interventionist’s job is to identify people who can provide needed support, oversee an intervention and provide care afterward.
Interventions are structured techniques that bring together people whose loved one displays harmful behavior to find solutions. There can be several goals of an intervention such as: convincing a person he or she needs treatment and building encouraging strategies for everyone to effectively respond to the difficult situation.
Here are some steps you can take so you can study and find employment as an interventionist:
Be mature in your own recovery.
This is an essential part of being an interventionist. You must live a sober life and must be in recovery from your disease. This is a very critical step toward being able to help others with their own addiction.
Be knowledgeable about recovery, addict behavior and therapy.
You must be mature in your own recovery process and be knowledgeable of the actions, thoughts and mindsets of addicts. This could mean going to AA meetings or other support groups for addicts, learning new behaviors and also attending therapy so you know about the varying kinds of treatment.
Develop your skills of encouragement, patience and listening.
In particular, you need to be comfortable working with families and friends when they are most scared and stressed. In many cases, they just found out recently that an individual is an addict. You must be the calm and rational person in a roomful of people. You must be ready and able to lead when no one else is.
You must be organized and prepared.
You must maintain good working relationships with treatment providers and be willing to do the research that is required. An interventionist is also responsible for providing care to the individual, so you must find different treatment options and provide this information to the family and friends. The more first-hand knowledge you have with the options for treatment, the better care you will be able to provide for the addict, family and friends.
If this position sounds like something you would enjoy, the best step to take to become an interventionist is to volunteer your time with an organization. This could mean being a sponsor or leader at Alcoholics Anonymous, or serving in your local support meeting in as many ways as possible.
If you want to know more about how to continue to mature in your recovery or how to become an interventionist, call our toll free, 24-hour helpline. Our counselors will gladly answer all of your questions.