Restoring hope to your situation is an important reason to hire an interventionist. We go into an intervention on the side of the addicted person, or “AP.” We hold confidence that they have the willpower and capability to recover. It is understandable that at this point, family members feel they have lost any sense of hope. The fact that the family has folded won’t change the AP’s behavior.  

During an intervention, we don’t drag along the baggage of the past. We assess where we are at today, and create a plan going forward from today. To start a new page with your loved one, we need to let them off the hook from the past and focus on what can be changed today. There will be plenty of time for the family to repair damage once we get your loved one into treatment. 

We have seen worst case scenarios that have totally changed course. If we show the addicted person our faith in them, we can give them the confidence they need.

Make a Plan

Planning is the most important part of an intervention. If we take the time to consider the needs of the addicted person while creating a long term recovery plan, calm will be restored and further crisis will be averted. The entire family dynamic will shift in a positive direction.

An intervention is like hiring a consultant for a critical project, and all important projects take time. We step in with experience and expertise to implement tactics that solve addiction. There are oversight meetings, schedules and budgeting. The consultant creates harmony among the team and leads the project through its timeline. 

It has taken a great deal for the AP to reach their current state, and it will take work for them to leave it. On our first call with families, they often remark, “can you just handcuff them and drop them off at rehab.” Such a forceful action seems reasonable to a family at wits end. However, the only true resolution is a long-term recovery plan executed over time. Love gets people into recovery, not force.

Dropping someone off at rehab is the first step on a long journey. Consider that for the AP this will be a lifetime journey of sobriety. Success depends on the long term support of their family. This may seem daunting, but our 12 lessons bring understanding and relief to all cases. 

Families are powerful and resilient, when a plan is in place, the family moves as a group, circling the AP with the option of recovery. Hope thrives when we have the chance to teach families how to carry out a recovery plan.


About Adam Banks

Adam Banks is a certified interventionist and the owner of Adam Banks Recovery. After receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago, Adam built a company acquired by United Health Care. His discipline and attention to detail comes from his former career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.

Today, Adam is dedicated to helping others achieve long-term sobriety. His work has guided executives, pilots, and physicians on paths to recovery. Adam brings families together through a loving and inclusive approach. Adam has authored four books on addiction. His recent work, Navigating Recovery Ground School: 12 Lessons to Help Families Navigate Recovery, educates families on the entire intervention process. He also offers a free video course for families considering an intervention for a loved one.

Adam is available for alcohol and drug intervention services in New York, Long Island, the Hamptons as well as nationally and internationally.

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