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Post-Intervention with Scott Watson



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.

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Nick advises a strategy of “preparing concrete data to present during the intervention”.

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.”


Intervention Professional Scott Watson

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.”

Scott reports high rates of success with this approach, estimating that 93% of interventions are successful in the initial interventional meeting. 
If you’re worried your loved one may be among the 7% refusing treatment initially, never fear: Scott also reports that the majority of these resistant individuals go on to accept treatment within two weeks–if a family maintains good boundary statements with their loved one.  
Scott sees his role as that of a coach for the family.  “The disease of addiction may tell a person to doubt that people love them.  Professionals in intervention are like sportscallers.  If the family can come together and work in new ways as a team, odds are very, very good of having a successful intervention.”
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. 

“While it may be stressful, the intervention should be centered around building a person up.  It should be centered around love and support.  Many families find themselves giving long sermons to their loved one–but this is not very effective in the field.”

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.  


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