7 Qualifying Questions to Ask a Professional Interventionist


If you’re about to hire a professional interventionist, you should ask qualifying questions to ensure that the interventionist can and will help you and your family.

Because so many levels of care exist for the addict or alcoholic, interventions work can seem complicated. Plus, there are those rare treatment centers that just want to make profit.

You need to be arm yourself with the necessary questions to ensure you have a successful intervention for your loved one who is struggling with addiction.

No matter where you are in the lone star state, you can find quality care. However, finding the right treatment program for your loved one is critical.

Questions to Ask a Professional Interventionist

1) Experience

Above all else, ask about experience. Has the interventionist ever worked at a treatment facility? Are they a recovered addict or alcoholic?

How many successful interventions have been on? It’s best to prefer someone that is in recovery themselves and not recently sober.

2) Passion

Why they do what they do? What is their motivation? Is intervention an added service for their company? Is their sole responsibility intervention like Sober Caddy?

3) Credentials

Is the company you are considering certified and how long have they been working in the industry? For example, Jay Staples of Sober Caddy has been a Master Certified Coach for three years, and a Peer Recovery Support Specialist for over five years. Jay has also been sober for more than 10 years and has been a director

4) Techniques and Models

A professional interventionist uses several techniques and models to help a loved one get to treatment. The most well-known model is called the Johnson Intervention Model. This is where family members confront a loved one to persuade them to go to a treatment facility for substance abuse. Several techniques and models exist, and it is important that your interventionist knows them.

Ask about the whole process. Make sure the interventionist is knowledgeable with treatment options, aftercare options, and will walk with the family through the whole process. An intervention is a long process and an Interventionist needs to be working with family pre treatment, during treatment, and post treatment.

5) Interventionist Costs

Lock in a price. Do not move forward without a clear price . Before holding an intervention, ask the company to show a contract agreeing to a price. Don’t allow them to increase price.

6) Talk About Your Loved One

Make sure the interventionist is comfortable with the age, gender, background of your loved one. Make sure they support all drug and alcohol problems.

7) Availability

Make sure time is available. Don’t put off an intervention for too long. Your loved one could be in peril if you wait too long.

(Bonus Tip) Thinking Beyond Intervention

The Sober Caddy Intervention Program plans for what happens when your loved one gets out of treatment. If they are not in long-term treatment, what is going to happen when he or she gets out? This fundamental shift in thinking helps us intervene. It also helps place your loved ones on a path to recovery.

About a Sober Caddy

Located in Dallas, Texas, Sober Caddy helps your loved ones get sober with a higher success rate. We use tools, tactics and techniques that help create a long-term effective intervention. We aim to help the entire family system and the addicted person. Our clients gain responsibility and accountability and we help them gain motivation to move forward in recovery long after a drug & alcohol intervention.

As a family member of a drug addict or alcoholic, the first thing you need to know is that you are not alone. You are part of a community that needs support and guidance.

We help with treatment placement, family recovery coaching, and post-treatment monitoring.