Intervention HandBook

1. Demonstrates the necessary knowledge, ability, and skill for assessing the physical, emotional, and mental capabilities of concerned persons to carry out an intervention.

2. Demonstrates commitment to ABCI principle that the primary goal of intervention is to secure immediate help for the chemically dependent person first and foremost.

3. Demonstrates commitment to ABCI’s principle that pre-intervention counseling sessions for concerned persons are short term an time limited and should not be prolonged to the extent that immediate help for the chemically dependent person is postponed.

4. Ensures that during the intervention statements by concerned person to the chemically dependent person are not shameful or demeaning but instead take the form of "I-statements" that describe facts and feelings.

5. Has completed an ABCI approved training and certification process for Board Certified interventionists.

6. Treats all persons included in the intervention process with care and concern, and works to preserve the dignity and self-respect of the chemically dependent person.

7. Demonstrates a commitment to help families by directing each family member involved in the intervention into their own process of recovery. NATURE OF DISEASE

We believe…

·Alcoholism/chemical dependency are diseases that are

* Primary
* Progressive
* Chronic
* Fatal

·In the later stages of the disease the person is incapable of the spontaneous insight needed to seek remedial care, largely due to

* Blackouts
* Repressions
* Euphoric recall
* Their combined delusional thought process

·Those living with chemically dependent persons often become emotionally distressed to the point where they

* Enable the addiction to continue despite best intentions
* Attempt to manipulate the situation to make it “go away”
* Show similar symptoms
* May require remedial care

Completion of two levels

Level I – Through an educational-therapeutic process the significant others can
identify their misunderstandings of the disease process, see it (and their
own behavior) for what they are, and commit themselves to no longer
protect the addicted individual from the consequences of his/her

Level II – The addicted person can be helped to see the love of those around
him/her and the negative effects of his/her addictive behavior, and to
accept treatment as appropriate.

·This disease is successfully treatable with the concurrent approaches to

* Attend to physical complications
* Reduce the symptoms of mental mismanagement
* Expunge the emotional distress
* Rebuild family communications
* Establish a workable spiritual connection



Don\'t Talk

The home of a chemically dependent person often becomes a household of conspiracy and cover up. Often family members do not talk about the problems caused by alcohol and other drugs. They do not talk about any problems. An unwritten rule of silence encases the whole house.

Dependent Family Behavior
·After a brother and sister sit silently watching their parents fight about their mother\'s drinking, neither child initiates a conversation with the other about the incident even
when they are safely by themselves.

·The spouse and children of a chemically dependent person have an undeclared agreement to not are "family secrets" It does not occur to the children to talk about
the bizarre behavior of their parent to a neighbor, relative, or friend.

·There is a false hope that if a problem or negative event is not talked about , it may not be real. If drunkenness, the embarrassment, and the disappointment are not verbalized, maybe they are not really there.

Don\'t Trust

The disease of chemical dependence does not allow for honest or consistent behavior. Therefore, there is no basis for trust to be established in the family or a chemically dependent person. In order to trust, there first must be a feeling of safety.

Dependent Family Behavior
·A mother stays up waiting for her daughter. She doesn\'t know if her daughter has told the truth about her plans for the evening. Her daughter\'s drinking seems to be
more than just experimental use.

·A child asks her mother why she is feeling so sad. The mother says she isn\'t feeling sad. She may try to smile or hum or say something light and pleasant. The child knows her mother is sad, but does not question her any further.

·A wife/mother comes home from a party very drunk. The children watch their father assist their mother to bed. The next morning the father tells the children to play very quietly because mother is coming down with the flu. The children do not correct the lie.
Don\'t Feel

Real feelings get lost by chemical dependence. Because there is no trust, each member of