DIFFERENT INTERVENTIONISTS, DIFFERENT INTERVENTIONS: COMPARING APPROACHES
When working with a professional to prepare for an intervention, families go to great lengths to prepare the meeting with their struggling loved one. Scott Watson has different views from professional Nick Sahaidachny, interviewed in our previous post in this series.
Nick focuses on helping families rationally detach from their loved ones addiction and encourages families to present their loved ones with raw facts, as opposed to making emotional appeals. This may include things like problems with employment, relationships, or driving accidents. He explains that “presenting concrete data which is not up for debate allows family members to stay as emotionally detached as possible, and can make intervening much less stressful.”
An interventionist at Heartland, Scott Watson disagrees:
“The hallmarks of addiction are anger, denial, dishonesty, and confusion. Discussing anything else risks exciting those emotions of anger and confusion, and won’t be productive.”
We asked Bruce Perkins for his insight on the situation. With over twenty years experience in the field, Bruce reports a 95% success rate on the interventions he carries out.
Regardless, Bruce reminds us that each person is unique, and so too must be each intervention. Bruce rejects the premise of a one-size-fits all intervention, and encourages families to work with whichever professional feels most appropriate.
Bruce reminds us that the biggest mistake to make would be failing to ask a professional for help in the first place. Check here to find out more about Bruce’s philosophy.