An addicted person has to want treatment in order for it to work.
This is probably the biggest misconception about addiction. In fact, there is no correlation between the degree of consent or coercion and treatment outcomes. The myth may be true for Twelve Step involvement (though many embark on successful long term AA or NA recovery after being initially court ordered to Twelve Step involvement) but with treatment, it doesn’t matter how one gets started. Good treatment centers are expert at taking involuntary admissions and turning them into voluntary patients-they do this by effectively and persuasively demonstrating to the patient the value of recovery.
We have many patients who enter treatment via civil commitment—probably the most coercive method of initiating treatment, and these patients have on average just as successful, if not more successful, outcomes as voluntary patients. This is because having consequences in place—not only to commence treatment, but to successfully complete treatment, helps the addict overcome the natural desire to prematurely terminate treatment.
A good intervention costs between $10,000 and $20,000.
This is nonsense, an unfortunate byproduct of the “Hollywoodization” of the treatment and addiction process. The fact is that intervention is a technique, and when it is performed by an expert with experience, it is not altogether difficult. Tim Sweeney has performed more than 300 successful interventions across the country and has never charged more than $10,000 for an intervention, and often far less. Good treatment is expensive, and entry into good treatment is the goal of Sweeney Interventions. We don’t want the family to have to choose between the intervention and treatment: you need both.
My addicted loved one will hate me.
While your addicted loved one may feel cornered in the intervention process, and may be initially combative, this will not last. Also, by the format of interventions performed by Sweeney Interventions, we try to take the heat directly on us, so as to spare the family (I’m a lawyer, don’t forget; I can take it!).
Experience tells us that even the bitterest of patients quickly comes to a place of forgiveness and gratitude toward their loved ones [see the testimonials page] as soon as the recovery process begins to take hold. Good treatment will facilitate this process, and help the family to become involved with their loved one’s recovery.
A good intervention requires weeks of preparation
It really only requires a short time to prepare for and conduct an intervention. I have successfully conducted many interventions the day after receiving the initial call. More often, in fact, time is of the essence, and the event that has precipitated the family to act must be seized upon.
All of the family must be in support of the intervention
In fact, seldom do all family members agree that an intervention and treatment is necessary. Family members struggle with their own codependency and denial issues, and some have to be excluded from the process, because a successful intervention requires a united front. It is a matter of quality over quantity