What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a deliberate process by which change is introduced into an individuals thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The overall objective of an intervention is to confront a person in a non-threatening way, allowing them to see their self-destructive behavior, and how they affect themselves, family and friends. Usually, this process involves several people who have prepared themselves to talk to a person who has been engaging in some sort of self-destructive behavior. In a clear and respectful way, they inform the person of factual information regarding his or her behavior and how it has affected them. The immediate objective of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to set aside the "denial" factor, become open-minded and accept help.
A Friend or Family Member Needs Help, Should We Do An Intervention?
An intervention can be a helpful tool for any person, be it a friend, colleague or family member who is resistant or in denial to addressing his or her problem. At one time there was an attitude that people couldn't be helped unless they "hit bottom." At Footprints of Serenity we help build our clients from their bottom with a strong foundation in the early stages of recovery.
Why An Intervention and Why Now?
Because nothing else has worked.
Most people attempt to confront a persons behavior or situation through reasoning and discussion, usually one-on-one with little or no resolution (often times making the situation worse and creating more resistance). When these attempts fail, frustration may lead to anger and can go on for years.
An Intervention includes friends and loved ones who support the individual towards a change. Executed in a logical, controlled, and loving manner. Focused on positive change in the individuals lifestyle with an open-mind. This has proven to be highly effective for our clients.
Testimonials from Families
Although I've been a sober member of a 12 step program for 17 years, I was at a loss when it came to helping my own family member. Eric and Evan came highly recommend by trusted members of the recovery community. After the first meeting with Eric and Evan, my family was extremely impressed with their professionalism and knowledge. Eric and Evan showed only warmth and compassion during the whole intervention process. Their ability to work together was nothing but seamless. The two of them fully complimented each other throughout the intervention process. Eric and Evan worked tirelessly to get my loved one to agree to enter a treatment facility and they located one that was perfectly suited to my loved one's needs. They even stayed with him throughout the admission process. They have continued to follow up with us throughout the process Our family is forever grateful. Thank you, Joelle
Evan and Eric were instrumental in taking our loved one to treatment. We couldn’t have done it without their intervention. It was just impossible. They were a tremendous help both in their active intervention and their psychological support to our family. They were relentless, patient, empathizing but firm with our daughter. I was impressed by the manner they handled challenging situations with calm, kindness, and assertiveness; always available to communicate with us throughout the process via text messages and phone calls. Their presence and coaching on how to communicate with someone with substance abuse were invaluable. I learned so much from them within a week and feel confident in staying firm while loving. Now we can all sleep in peace knowing our loved one is in treatment. There is no time to lose to save a loved one addicted to drugs. Contacting Evan and Eric was the first step in the process to recovery. It is money well invested in their professional services. I completely trust their competence and integrity. – E.T.
Evan and Eric, I don't quite know where to begin. You guys were beyond remarkable. When it became apparent that my grandson was very negatively impacted by substance abuse with a likely underlying mental pathology, neither I or the family knew where to turn. As a result of a referral from a Psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse and mental illness we were referred to you. What an incredible find. What you guys provided was far more than what I expected. Judging from the results of your involvement, which to date have included a family led intervention and a successful admission of my grandson to a well regarded substance abuse residential facility; the first step in my grandsons treatment is off to a promising start. Considering how defiant my grandson was to entering a residential facility what you guys achieved in getting him to accept residential treatment was incredible and reflective of your commitment in supporting him and the family... Job Exceptionally Well Done. It is also apparent that your commitment and support did not end with my loved walking through the residential facility's front door where he was admitted. Your follow up and continuing support is something we all look forward to and once again this reflects your continuing commitment to a lasting recovery. I as well as the rest of the family will always be in your debt. Most importantly, and not obvious at the moment I am convinced that my grandson will come to realize how truly fortunate he is to have Evan and Eric on his side as his champions. If anyone wants to contact me regarding utilizing/evaluating your services please feel free to give them my contact information. A simple thank you is not enough.With affection and warmest regards. Jeff