Treatment FAQ

Q. What kinds of treatment do you suggest?

A. There are many options for treatment because each person is different and has different needs. Inpatient treatment is where the addict lives in a residential facility. Outpatient treatment is where the patient commutes to the treatment facility but lives at home. Generally outpatient is for several hours a day, and three to five days per week. Private therapy is also a possibility. In some cases the patient may need to be assessed for medication to assist treatment.
Tree — Intervention Specialist in Seattle, WA
Q. What treatment facility do you use?

A. I work cooperatively with treatment facilities all around the United States as well as some out of the country. I use a range of facilities trying to match them to the patient's situation. Should they be treated locally or conversely should they be treated far from home? Should they be treated in a co-ed or gender specific facility? Do they have multiple issues that need to be addressed in treatment? What are their physical and/or psychological considerations as well as budgetary factors. These all have to be factored into the treatment choice.

How Do I Choose

Q. The internet has so many people advertising themselves as interventionists that I'm overwhelmed. How do I choose?

A. First of all you want to make sure they have had training specific to chemical dependency, other addictions, and interventions. They should be credentialed in a related field. A brand new credential specific to interventions is Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), granted by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. The advantage is those with a CIP have the required training, have professional liability insurance but most important adhere to a Code of Ethics. They also are required to get continuing education and re-certify every two years. So you'll know they are up on the latest in the field. This is a safeguard for you, the consumer.
Q. Does gender matter when picking an interventionist?
A. Yes. If you are considering an intervention on a female I believe it’s in the patient’s best interest to have a female interventionist. The reason is so many addicted females have a history of rape, sexual abuse or molestation. They have been traumatized and can easily be re-traumatized. The problem is so many females have learned to “shut up and put up” in our male dominant society and simply don’t recognize when they’re being re-traumatized . It’s not that male interventionist do this knowingly, they are simply innocent bystanders. Another concern is when a male interventionist transports a female to treatment. The patient can perceive this as another male who has the power over her. As chemically dependent people are known to be manipulative, a male interventionist, transporting a female to treatment may be putting himself in a vulnerable position.

Q. Does that mean female interventionists shouldn’t do interventions on males?
A. It depends, but in my experience of doing intervention on males, the gender of the interventionist doesn’t seem to matter.

Q. How do I choose a treatment facility?
After we've met and I've learned more about your loved one I will give you a list of treatment possibilities to consider. I will provide the name, website and phone numbers as well as a list of questions to ask each prospective treatment center so you can vet them equally. I'm also available to assist you in your decision.