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Recovery Plus “Intervention is not a coercive process. It is not shame-based. It is not an ambush or uncaring attack... The goal is healthy productive living for the individual and the family members.” your library’s essential reference Feb 2016 65 About the author Rebecca Flood MHS, LCADC, NCACII, BRI II is immediate past president of AIS, the Association of Intervention Specialists and sits on the board of NAATP, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. She is CEO of New Directions for Women, headquartered in Los Angeles and working internationally. In her nearly four decades of experience in the health care industry, she has demonstrated expertise in programme development, implementation and evaluation, starting when she was with Seabrook House in New Jersey for over 25 years, becoming its vice president of treatment services. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), a Nationally Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor (NCAC II) and is certified as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor (CADC II). variety of services could also be offered, such as educational consultation, being an author, developing marketing strategies, and offering other clinical services such as individual and outpatient services. Interventions can also be in the context of a larger organisation that deliver an array of addiction services such as detox, residential, and/or outpatient. As the evolution of addiction treatment services have evolved, we have found that these techniques can be used to help all individuals with substance-use disorders, family members that suffer from codependency, people with eating disorders, gambling addictions, mentalhealth issues, and other process/behavioural addictions and compulsive behaviours. The role of the interventionist remains consistent through all of the models: providing information about the nature and dynamics of substance use disorder, being the one to describe the principles and specific techniques about the intervention model being utilised, selecting and equipping the family members with information about each of these roles within the intervention process, listing the various alternatives in a continuum of care for all of those involved in the process, and coaching and modelling throughout the process. You will start to become familiar with these at Interventions Plus on 23 May in London (after Recovery Plus on 22 May). I hope that this overview has provided you a snapshot of the roots and origins of intervention, as well as the evolution. My favourite saying has everything to do with interventions: you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink – however, you can make him thirsty.


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