I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Master's degree from the University of Denver. I am also a certified alcohol and drug counselor through the state of Colorado.
Areas of Expertise:
Alcohol and Drug Evaluations, Treatment and Relapse Prevention
Interventions for Alcohol/Chemical Dependency and Other Addictive Processes
Education and Therapy Related to Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families
Children and Adolescents of Chemical Dependent Families
Addiction Family Education and Treatment
Eating Disorders Treatment
Gambling Addiction Treatment
Individuals, Couples, Children and Family Therapy
Parenting and Step-Parenting
Separation and Divorce
Grief and Loss Issues
Anxiety and Depression Assessment
Sexual Abuse and Other Trauma Issues
Issues Individual to Men
Issues Individual to Women
Gay and Lesbian Individual/Couple Therapy
Young Children and Adolescents Experiencing School or Family Problems (Behavioral and Emotional)
Corporate and Small Private Industry Consulting Services
Stress Management Seminars
Specific Consultation and Training for Churches, Groups and Organizations
Part One - Identifies enabling behaviors and focuses on the feelings that are generated from these enabling behaviors. The client is helped to see themselves in the denial process.
Part Two - Signs and symptoms of co-dependency. An overview of the roles that children play in the chemically dependent and/or dysfunctional family. Stages of co-dependency and relapse warning signs of co-dependency.
Part Three - Self-esteem building through the use of learning positive affirmations. Identifying one's needs and constructing goals to attain these needs. The use of journaling to express feelings and identifying life patterns.
Part Four - Identifying healthy versus dysfunctional family traits. Provide a basic outline of assertiveness training to assist the person in meeting their emotional needs.
Part Five - Identify adult children of alcoholics (ACA) characteristics and patterns of functioning in childhood and adulthood.
Part Six - Overview of the various twelve step programs and provide direction for continued aftercare recovery.
People that would benefit from this program are:
dependency Family members and friends of a family member who have a chemical
Friends and employers of chemically dependent individuals that experience significant distress
People that find themselves attracted to chemically dependent individuals
Adult children of alcoholics and adult children of dysfunctional families
Recovering alcoholics and addicts that want to work on relapse prevention
People in the helping profession such as counselors, nurses, teachers and ministers
The model of intervention I use, can be adapted for example to any of the following addictive processes:
Alcohol/Drugs (including prescription drugs)
Mental health issues
The intervention is generally done in one day. The fee varies depending on travel and is payable on the day of the intervention. Insurance reimbursement is possible in some circumstances.
Initial Telephone Contact
From the initial telephone contact from the concerned individual, I determine the severity of the problem. If an intervention is appropriate, the family members, friends and/or business associates who want to be involved in the intervention arrange a time to meet and plan the actual intervention.
Assessment and Planning Sessions (4 hours)
We meet in my office and collect as much information as I can regarding the person for whom the intervention is being planned. I explain the intervention process and everyone's role in the process. I review the "guidelines" handout with them, which lists specific behaviors/incidents that have concerned them regarding this person's addictive behavior.
We as a group will individually write out our specific incidents and role-play these incidents. The role-playing is designed to disengage the emotion and conflict from the incident and focus on the concern of an observed behavior.
I stress that the intervention is to be from a loving, caring, non-judgmental point of view. They should maintain good eye contact with the person and make no apologies for being involved in the intervention.
The Intervention (approximately 2 hours)
The intervention usually takes place in a home of one of the concerned individuals. The person being intervened on arrives about 30 minutes after everyone else is there and in place, unaware of the intervention.
Each person has prepared a "caring" statement to share with this person to show their concern for them. In a previously determined order, they then share the incidents with that person and ask them to please get professional help now.
At this time, I become more actively involved by asking the person for their impressions of what they have heard at the intervention and how they feel about it. Then I begin educating the person on the addictive process and what to expect from different treatment options. Negotiations then take place to allow him/her to be part of the treatment decision making process.
During negotiations, the person may offer excuses for not going into treatment at this time and the group must be prepared to present helpful alternatives to counter these excuses.
In the event he/she refuse treatment, a "what if" statement is shared that explains the enabling behaviors that will not be continued by the group members and future behaviors by the individual that will not be accepted.
Negotiations may continue at this point. I offer, to the group, what treatment and support options are available to them, including my 6-week co-dependency educational program.
Transition to Treatment
If the person has agreed to treatment, they choose someone from the group to accompany them directly to the treatment facility, where arrangements have already been made for their admittance. If in the local area, I will follow this group to the facility to insure that the intake process is smoothly completed. I encourage the group members and the person being intervened on to contact me if they have further questions during the treatment process.
I consider this intervention process to be a success for everyone involved because all group members and the individual being intervened on have had an opportunity to share their concerns as they now have ways to address their own personal recovery.
Copyright © 1998 Mary Anne Parrish
Last Updated: December 12, 1998
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