New England Behavioral Health

An intervention sets the wheels of change in motion at a time when families and their loved one's most need it!
Please call us if you have any questions and want to schedule an intervention. (860) 539-5369.

Early Intervention can be the key to breaking the addiction cycle.
 New England Behavioral Health's experienced interventionists know that a well planned intervention starts with carefully guiding families to set boundaries and expectations for when their loved one comes home from treatment, which is a integral component in supporting long term sobriety.  Our interventionists will educate the family about the disease concept of addiction and/or mental health disorder.  

How does the intervention work?

Intervention starts with a call from a family member or friend, who is concerned about their loved one's addiction or mental health disorder.  From there, our interventionists gather pertinent information about the addict via email or phone, prior to meeting.  An intervention and the preparation for the intervention needs to be face-to-face.
An intervention, usually requires at least one meeting the day before the intervention to prepare for the intervention and rehearse.  Some interventions may not conduct the preparation stage, due to the nature of the addicts situation.  During the preparation, our interventionists will teach the intervention participants about the disease of addiction and/or mental health disorder and answer as many questions as we can, allowing the intervention participants time to process and thoroughly understand the intervention.   
On the day of the intervention, family members and friends read their letters of love and respect to the addict and give their consequences if their loved one choses not to go to treatment immediately. Once the addict accepts treatment, they will immediatley be transported, by one of our transportation specialist, to the prearranged facility.  
The success of any intervention hinges on the proper organization and committment by those family members and friends involved in the intervention.  

"When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top" 
Overcoming Addiction Quote by unknown
An intervention gives those who care about the addict hope and support

Intervention Services 

Helping your loved one get the help to overcome addiction and/or mental health disorders

An intervention skillfully guided by a New England Behavioral Health interventionist is a highly structured process that helps everyone involved accept the person they love, care about and value has a serious addictive problem. The person may be diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder, or a process addiction disorder (sex, food, gambling, debt) and/or a mental health disorder (depression, bi-polar, mania, borderline). 
The overall purpose of an intervention is to create an opening in the denial system of the patient and to facilitate getting help for this person. The secondary benefit is family and friends learning new ways of relating to one another and taking care of themselves. This is accomplished by helping the patient and everyone involved accept the difficult reality of the current situation. Treatment options are then explored and arrangements are made for the patient to accept the treatment being offered.
Family interventions are difficult and stressful. Anger and profound sorrow often result when someone is forced to look at his or her own addictive behavior. Family members often experience mournful rage, deep sadness and guilt over previous failed efforts. It is imperative for a professional to be present to help coach you along the way. As professional interventionists, New England Behavioral Health interventionists are able to effectively create a safe, comfortable, and respectful atmosphere that will be essential for your loved one's success.

 Types of Addiction Interventions at New England Behavioral Health

There is more than one way to stage an intervention. So how do you know which approach is right for your situation?

Choosing the type of addiction intervention that will most likely lead the addict to accept treatment requires an in-depth analysis of the addict’s personality and background as well as the family dynamics.

If a loved one intervenes early enough, a simple request that the individual stop abusing drugs, gambling or engaging in other harmful behaviors may be enough. In other situations, it may be advisable to plan an elaborate intervention that requires precise timing and involvement from participants spread throughout the country.

In some cases, the best time to intervene follows a crisis event, such as a drunk driving arrest, a health scare or an argument. In these emotional situations, it can be difficult for an addict to deny that they have a problem.

New England Behavioral Health Intervention Approaches:

The Johnson Model

The Johnson intervention, named after Episcopal priest and recovered alcoholic Vernon Johnson, has been used for more than 40 years. In this type of “surprise” intervention, or “living room ambush,” the addict does not receive notice of the intervention until the group sits down to meet with them. Prior to the intervention, the participants gather to create a plan and prepare for the anger and manipulation that are often expressed by the surprised addict.

During the intervention, friends, family and co-workers focus on the positive attributes of the addict and the negative changes they’ve noticed as a result of addiction. Each participant gives specific examples of behaviors or experiences that have impacted them in order to break through the addict’s denial.

By sending a message of love and concern, the majority of interventions are successful at getting the addict into treatment. If the addict declines treatment, the participants follow through on consequences (such as refusing to lend money or bail out the addict from jail) that will help the addict recognize the need for help.

While it can be highly effective, the Johnson intervention may not be the best choice for an addict struggling with trauma or who is likely to respond to surprise with violence, retaliation or self-harm.

The Invitational Model

In this milder, less confrontational approach, the addict is informed of the intervention and is invited to meet a group of caring friends and family. Also described as “motivational interviewing,” this model is most effective when the addict has begun to acknowledge that they have a problem that requires treatment. It is also effective for addicts who need a gentler, more gradual approach to recovery.

The Systemic Model

Family members are impacted by a loved one’s addiction and may also contribute to it through enabling and co-dependency. The systemic model takes into account the dysfunction addiction brings to the family system.

In this type of intervention, the entire family participates in the intervention as well as the education and counseling that are commonly part of addiction treatment. Through family therapy, loved ones are often able to evaluate their role in the addiction, change unhealthy behaviors and hold the addict accountable for their decisions.

These addiction intervention models can be used separately or in combination, depending on the needs of the particular group. There are also alternative models springing up, some of which encourage weekly group meetings and relationship-building in addition to getting the addict into treatment.

Drawing from their training and experience, our professional interventionists at New England Behavioral Health will complete a thorough assessment before determining which method will be most effective in a given situation.

Whatever method is chosen, one fact is clear: An intervention sets the wheels of change in motion at a time when families need it most.

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