Dr. Ellis discusses the work of an interventionist and describes the goal of an intervention: to help your loved one recover and to help you out of the chaos and anguish.
First, an intervention is a very stressful and alien experience for nearly everyone. The family members have great hopes that their loved one will enter treatment and great fears that they won’t go. High stress increases the likelihood of raw, emotion-driven decisions and responses. The addict knows how to “push your buttons.” It’s one of their chief defense mechanisms. Having led interventions for years, and especially having served as a pastor for over three decades, means that I’m accustomed to being in the middle of crisis situations. I don’t have the same wiring and your loved one won’t be able to push my buttons!
Second, an experienced interventionist brings a wealth of knowledge of treatment options to the family. I have visited scores of treatment facilities and programs across the nation. That first-hand knowledge, plus an extensive network of professionals, ensures that I can make an appropriate clinical referral for your loved one. I can help you avoid common mistakes and wasting money.
Third, I understand addiction from personal experience as well as by way of education and training. I’ve lived the darkness of addiction and know the light of recovery.
Though addiction is very chaotic in its effects, it’s actually quite predictable in its progression. I can help you navigate the chaos.
Finally, interventions are my full-time vocation. Though I do speak widely and work with treatment facilities, my calling today is to help people and families touched by addiction. I work on a six-month contract with families, not only to help their loved one into treatment, but helping the entire family and social system develop strategies for their own recovery.