The Intervention Tipping Point

December 17, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

The terms of agreement that emerge from an intervention must be the right terms, likely to result in success and amenable to all parties.

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Taking Action: Analyze Past Flaws

February 26, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Families often think it’s the addict or alcoholic’s emotions that need to be overcome to succeed. But in fact, we need to start by dealing with our own feelings.

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Taking Action: Review the Defenses

February 5, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

They believe that by demonstrating you can’t make them do anything against their will, they’ll convince you that confrontation is useless.

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Taking Action: Know the Enemy

January 19, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

The behaviors of alcoholics and addicts are so predictable because the disease follows a certain progression.

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What Makes a Good Interventionist?

November 1, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Intervention is about achieving a very specific time-limited objective: an addict or alcoholic who agrees to participate in treatment.

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I’m Ready to Call a Family Interventionist

February 16, 2013 by Angela Utschig

Woman holding phone, looking doubtful or worried.

An Interventionist will be trying to make sure they have all of the ‘pieces of the puzzle’

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Why Intervention Works

January 30, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

The addict may have tried to control drinking or drug use many times, and failed. This experience leads him to conclude that he can’t change.

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Is Your Loved One With Alcoholism Already Considering Change?

January 5, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

It’s an essential truth that people with alcoholism think about changing for a long, long time before they seriously attempt it. They’re ambivalent about change, and struggle to make up their minds.

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Intervention: Dealing With the “What ifs”

December 16, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

If we do nothing, the alcoholic person will probably wind up, at some point in the progression of addiction, in exactly the circumstances we fear.

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Creating Leverage for Intervention

December 15, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Intervention can be quite dramatic (that’s why it makes for good TV), but it’s really the intelligent application of leverage that produces the desired result.

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