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1. Why use an interventionist?

An interventionist can help motivate a resistant addicted individual to seek treatment. Having an expert help may be preferable when the addicted individual has a history of serious mental illness, has a history of violence, spoke of suicide in recent days or may be taking many different mood-altering substances. Creating a safe environment for the intervention is why it is important to use an addiction specialist doing the intervention. As a certified ARISE interventionist my professional experience will guide the family to find that safe space. 


It is difficult to talk to a family member about addiction when the addicted individual may be unaware of how much harm is happening in the family. Sometimes a family member may feel they are helping but they are actually enabling the addicted individual to continue to use. Other family members may be angry and not able to voice their concern effectively and compassionately. A professional interventionist will be able to guide the family to clearly communicate and let go of blame, shame and guilt.​

2. What is an ARISE Method intervention?

The ARISE Intervention is directed towards getting the addicted loved one into treatment with the least possible effort through a loving, compassionate interaction. Family and friends are mobilized to form a committed support group to motivate the addicted individual into treatment.

The ARISE® Intervention is an invitational, trauma informed, non-secretive, gradually-escalating process. It is the only Evidence-Based Best Practice family intervention.

As an independent interventionist I do not receive a placement fee from treatment centers. The family chooses the best treatment and center for their loved one. I work with the treatment centers as a family advocate to keep the communication open with the family, addicted individual and treatment providers. 

3. What are the signs of addiction?

It is difficult to be sure someone is struggling with addiction but you can become aware of the warning signs. The following is a list of symptoms of substance abuse.

  • A shift in mood, attitude and motivation

  • A new friends and new hangouts

  • Poor performance at school or work and/or being absent

  • Secretive behavior such as lying

  • Sudden weight loss or gain

  • A sudden, unexplained increase in spending

  • Bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils

  • A giving up once-favorite pastimes and hobbies

  • Strange body odors; trembling hands

  • Unusual changes in sleeping patterns or schedule

4. Why is the ARISE Method of Intervention Different?

The ARISE Method of intervention set the standard for professionalism. It uses proven protocols. It of intervention focuses on the entire family to solve addiction problems. The addicted individual is invited to the planned intervention. There is never an ambush. The family works together and chooses the type of treatment available. While the addicted person is in treatment the family will be engage with the interventionist learning how to heal and build from their own resilience. This method is invitational and non-confrontational. We believe in whole family healing. Addiction affects the whole family. We provide comprehensive care that continues until the individual and the family are healthy and in recovery. 

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