Frequently Asked Questions

What separates an extreme intervention from a standard intervention?
What is an intervention?
How and when did modern interventions come about?
Intervention sounds like ‘forced’ treatment. Does it really work?
What do I need to know to find the right Professional for my situation?
Why should I hire a professional interventionist?
What typically happens during an intervention?
What happens after an intervention?
Are all interventions the same?
What is the goal of an intervention?
What can I expect to pay for these services?
What separates an extreme intervention from a standard intervention?

If your loved one is missing, keeping companionship with a criminal element, living on the streets, or on the verge of imprisonment or death, we can facilitate a unique, individualized, leveraged intervention catered to your loved one’s dire situation.

What is an intervention?

An intervention is a strategically planned and executed action in which a positive change is applied to a person whose thoughts and behaviors have become detrimental to themselves and those around them.

How and when did modern interventions come about?

Most professionals who have studied interventions, or implement them, tend to agree that Vernon Johnson first defined a necessity for intervention technique in the early 1960s. He thought family could unite and convince an addictive drinker to accept help for his ailment. Rev. Johnson, a pioneer in compassionate chemical dependency treatment wrote the 1973 milestone “I’ll Quit Tomorrow” as the blueprint for the various forms of interventions and their use then and today involving not only addictions to alcohol but also drugs, gambling, sex, self abusive behavior, eating disorders, violent rage, and more recently computers.

The decades since Johnson’s studies have produced many variations on his themes and professionals now meet a wide range of environments and issues. The ground zero is no longer just a personal and family dimension it extends to the workplace and involves the boardrooms of Corporate American, the military, the media, all forms of celebrity from sports to movie and television stars, even the medical profession has doctors and nurses surrounded by their addictions as a part of their daily job description. ‘Executive Interventions’ are often instigated in companywide programs designed to define and solve problems with all workers and thus increase the strengths and resources of the worker and thus the corporation.

Intervention as a common remedial action has increased simply as more and more people hear about its practical ability and its updated application to a wider range of addictive circumstances. These occasions and circumstances have created a professional interventionist service industry working everywhere from the company boardroom to the darker societies of the inner city and everywhere in between.

I’ve heard that you can’t help someone until they want help. Is this true?

No, it is not true. Most victims of behavioral disorders or addictions do not think they have any kind of problem at all. If you ask them if they have a problem or address them as an addict they will deny it. You might find the occasional partial admission: – “Everyone gets angry now and again”, “Everyone has a few too many drinks once in a while”, and “Most people experiment with drugs in their lifetime,” their life habits are no different than everyone else in their mind.

Something has to happen in their lives to make them want to accept help.

Intervention is the first step in a sequence of events that can mend their soul and change and restore their lives.

Intervention sounds like ‘forced’ treatment. Does it really work?

It isn’t how someone gets into treatment so much as what happens once they are in treatment. Intervention is more an enabling action directed towards treatment. Ultimately the final decision to enter the road to wellness is decided upon by the person with the problem(s). Speaking from experience we can help with decisions aimed to make all concerned feel comforted about the actions needed and the time necessary to make a person well again.

What do I need to know to find the right Professional for my situation?

As with any service industry the Professional Interventionist has a reputation built on experience.

Education, a contemporary understanding of the wide range of today’s behavioral problems, human compassion, and client and patient trust are all ingredient to your selection of the correct Interventionist.

Your comfort level in understanding and trusting what you learn about this type of professional care-provider is important as these qualifications and talents should be easily recognizable as what you need in assisting your loved one to the care and treatment they need.

Find out how long they have been in the business and what educational background, formal training and working experience they have had since entering the field. Similar cases and how their plans were actually carried out should be volunteered as well as their outcome.
Make sure they have had ample and recent experience with your type of circumstance.

Feel content that your questions are answered fully and to your complete understanding.
Find comfort and confidence that they have the knowledge, compassion, discipline and strength to carry out what they define as the best route to facilitate the treatment of your loved one. Their experience will assist you in gauging the urgency of your situation, the path it should follow and the degree of safety it will entail.

Why should I hire a professional interventionist?

A professional interventionist not only knows how to construct and enable an intervention he/she also knows the best facility for rehabilitation relative to the patient’s condition and needs. A professional knows how to get a candidate there effectively and safely. Recent experience in similar interventions is a valuable asset to the professional and thus the client. Constant research on clinics and facilities, knowing their success ratios and current availability for new patients is part of their service. As complex and stressful as these situations are you do not have to go through it alone.

What typically happens during an intervention?

The goal of an intervention is to get your loved one into treatment as soon as possible. The first step involves conducting a confidential meeting either in person, or over the phone with an individual’s concerned family members and/or loved ones to gain valuable insight into the individual’s unique circumstances, history of addiction, etc., assess whether an intervention is necessary, and the possible treatment options available. Appropriate treatment facilities are then contacted, and arrangements are made in advance, so that upon conclusion of the intervention the individual can be immediately escorted to the appropriate treatment facility. An individualized intervention plan is then developed and executed, upon which our highly experienced team confronts the individual, encourages the individual to seek treatment, and escorts the individual to the appropriate treatment facility.

What happens after an intervention?

After an intervention our team typically helps refer and escort an individual into an appropriate treatment facility where they can get the type of help they need to take the first step toward a happier, healthier life.

Are all interventions the same?

Each person is unique. Therefore, every intervention is unique. Our team of professionals cater each intervention to an individual’s unique circumstances.

What is the goal of an intervention?

The goal of an intervention is to encourage the individual to agree to accept help and proceed to relieve their suffering and the suffering of their family and friends.

What can I expect to pay for these services?

Extreme Intervention is an internationally respected organization and part of that reputation comes from being fairly priced within a professional and competitive service industry.

Airline tickets, car rentals, accommodations and other such costs can be quickly calculated even for last minute situations. Rates for Interventionists will be established based upon the circumstances of the intervention, transportation or missing person investigation. Please contact us for additional details.