Compassionate Intervention Consults (aka “soft interventions”)
Deciding to organize an intervention for a member of your family is a difficult decision and most households are commonly at their wits’ end when choosing this method. I know reliable and targeted information is needed to to help determine what’s best for your loved one. I have worked in this field for over 20 years, in this city, and I know the resources available locally, within and outside of Texas.
When you start planning an intervention for a person in your family with an substance addiction you will want to be sure the addiction professional you work with analyzes the family dynamic in its entirety. There are a lot of different certifications and types of interventionists out there – few of them are fully and independently licensed in both mental health and addiction. Fewer still have the precision that comes with years of professional experience.
Getting sober is a point in time, but staying sober is a gradual process and to fully embrace and maintain true recovery requires a commitment of whole life recovery as a way of living. This isn’t accomplished in a single week or month of treatment in a facility. But it can begin there. The person who is addicted needs to commit to major lifestyle modifications to enjoy a full life and ongoing success. A strong aftercare plan will likely also outpatient services, Intensive Outpatient Program, group programs, community support meetings and even a sober living environment to effectively defend against relapse.
In my practice, I provide in-office, compassion-driven intervention consultations and therapeutic services for adults struggling with addiction and their families. I help families prepare to undertake a substance abuse intervention and find the best possible treatment options for the adult who is in crisis. I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families in crisis and am uniquely qualified to help you develop the best possible treatment plan for your loved one. My non-confrontational, invitational approach to intervention is proven effective and allows for a family to lovingly, effectively and compassionately encourage a loved one to seek help for a substance addiction.
I have developed relationships with many hospitals, residential treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs, physicians, and sober living residences / sober houses and throughout my practice years have acquired inside knowledge of all these options. I personally spend time each year visiting, evaluating and re-evaluating programs so that I can stay up to date on the latest information in order to help you achieve the very best possible outcome. I will support you and help you navigate the intervention process in order to select the most effective program for your family’s needs. I work with you in making these difficult decisions from the intervention through the treatment process and aftercare to make it less stressful and to ensure you have the best possible outcome for your family member.
My consulting services are both individualized and comprehensive. I assess each individual’s and family’s strengths and weaknesses to develop a plan that most effectively addresses their treatment needs. I meet you where you are in the intervention process and tailor a plan that helps you achieve your goals for success. I collaborate with other professionals and utilize a team approach whenever possible to develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary plan to most effectively address the individuals needs. I can follow up with the program while your loved one is in treatment and coordinate aftercare plans for after they have completed a program. In addition, I am a nationally board certified counselor, fully and independently licensed therapist, licensed addiction specialist, have advanced training in traumatic loss and am trained in critical incident stress management. This means that I am uniquely qualified to assess programs and match individuals to the right type of services for their individual needs. I also work closely with the family after the intervention in order to support you through the treatment and recovery process and prepare you for your loved one’s eventual return home.
Ben Carrettin is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). He is the owner of Practice Improvement Resources, LLC; a private business which offers an array of specialized counseling, evidenced-based clinical consultation, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and targeted ESI-based services to individuals and businesses.