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How to become an Interventionist like A&E’s Intervention show

How to become an Interventionist like A&E’s Intervention show (Vance Johnson did it through us!)


Why Intervention Training May Be Right for You


Have you ever watched the A&E Network’s ‘Intervention’? It used to be one of my favorite shows to watch in my free time. One of those reasons is because of the legitimacy of the show. An even bigger attraction to the show of mine is the fact that no only have I dealt with addictions of loved ones such as family members and friends, seeing death as a result in some cases; But also, the struggles I have had of my own with drug and alcohol addiction. I have put myself through the wringer; Including hospitals, jailtime, homelessness, mental illness, physical health problems and more, all as a result of my drinking and drugging. I’ve been through sober living homes (aka halfway houses), counseling, abstinence-based programs such as alcoholics anonymous and many other ventures through recovery. Personally, I have not had an intervention presented to me for my own benefit, but I have personally seen the benefits of such the method of helping an addict or alcoholic like myself get into a treatment program. So, what exactly is an intervention you ask?

Well for starts, an intervention is for those whose substance abuse disorder, whether it’s drugs, alcohol or compulsive behavior has caused devastation in their own life and in the lives of those around them, such as family, friends, colleagues, and so on. It can mean the difference between life and death when a person is has met rock bottom with no hope left in their life as a result of their mental illness or purely a consequence of the terrible cycle of addiction. It could be the one thing that as a result, they decide to go to treatment, rather than going back out that same day and dying of an overdose, a drunken car accident, or any of the insurmountable number of tragedies that occur every day in our country because of the epidemic of addiction. In fact, more than 95,000 people die from excessive alcohol use in the U.S. each year. And in 2019, over 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.

So, how does an intervention work? Interventions typically include a mental health focus, since mental health usually play a role with addiction. Interventions are for the most part, organized by friends and family to help a person in crisis. They can change your loved one’s life drastically. A Certified Intervention Professional can help de-escalate stress and guide your loved one towards a decision to enter treatment. The benefits to intervention include getting the person into the right treatment program, showing strong support for your loved one, the concerned family members or friends will be educated on what to expect, those concerned will be able to follow the progression of their loved one’s recovery, and they will be guided on planning for aftercare.

Here are some of the steps included in the average intervention:

  • The friend or family member will call a coordinator who will answer their questions and get background information on the loved one including mental health issues that may coincide with their addiction.
  • A clinical professional will follow up with the friend or family member to answer additional questions and discuss the service or program that will work best for the struggling person’s needs.
  • Once it has been decided that an intervention will take place, you (interventionist) will begin to look at treatment options with the family or concerned friend. A discussion on what will be said to the loved one during the intervention will be had.
  • Once an agreement on the best type of treatment has been made, the intervention will be scheduled. The intervention usually takes place in a family member’s home or the loved one’s home.
  • The day before the intervention happens, the intervention professional will have a meeting with the family and the transporter who will be taking the loved one to treatment.
  • The intervention takes place.

After the intervention, the Interventionist will stay in touch with the family, providing progress on their loved one’s recovery and continue to work with the person in treatment and the team providing the care.

Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Academy offer their Nationally Certified Intervention Professional Training (NCIP) course that covers everything mentioned above and so much more. There are two different options for taking this course. One is a video based online self-study with supervision. The other is a live virtual classroom, or webinar, with supervision as well. You will learn skills such as how-to setup an entire intervention, body language techniques, business interventions, legal and ethical sides of intervention, family versus individual intervention, where to have the intervention, how to get clients and many more. There are no prerequisites to take the course and it includes case management training if you decide you’d like to take insurance for interventions as a payment method for your services.

The Addictions Academy offers many more courses, in fact over 30 of them for professions in the addictions field to help with virtually any and every aspect of addiction to drugs and alcohol and mental health issues. Harm Reduction Models are used, as well as many other alternatives to inpatient and outpatient treatments and other traditional models of the like. Sober on Demand is another service offered by Dr. Cali Estes, where you may train to be a Sober Companion or hire a Sober Companion if you or a loved one needs help with addiction. Recovery Coach, Life Coach, Food Addiction Coach are also services offered by The Addictions Academy, just to name a few. If you’d like to become a coach, therapist, counselor, prison reentry coach, or other, you can reach out to Dr. Cali Estes and The Addictions Academy by visiting their website, https://theaddictionsacademy.com, or by calling 1.800.706.0318 Ext2. All services offered by The Addictions Academy are 100% Confidential. You can learn more by checking out the links listed below!


Learn more about Nationally Certified Intervention Professional Training (NCIP) by The Addictions Academy HERE.







The differences between Peer Recovery Coach and Professional Recovery Coach Certification Training

The differences between Peer Recovery Coach and Professional Recovery Coach Certification Training and why you should step up to the professional level of coaching.  


The differences between peer and professional coaching are very vast. A lot of people don’t know the differences between a peer recovery specialist, a professional recovery coach, and a peer recovery coach. Let’s see if this makes sense to you.


The Peer Recovery Specialist. The easiest one to eliminate is a peer recovery specialist which is basically a case manager. This is someone who makes between $10 and $15 per hour and works for a treatment center helping their clients prepare to leave the center and go into the real world. They may help them find a doctor, navigate sober living, find a meeting and complete basic case management duties including paperwork. They are case management and hands on aftercare. The state usually certifies this person, and it is more hands on training then educational skill level.


The Professional Recovery Coach verses the Peer Recovery Coach


  1. A professional recovery life coach will not go to a hospital at 3 o’clock in the morning and convince you to go to rehab. As a professional recovery coach your job is to help someone maintain sobriety, not provide an intervention. Peer recovery coaches for some reason have now started doing intervention in hospitals and putting people into treatment. A professional recovery coach understands that this is out of their scope of professionalism and focus is more on hourly and in person help to keep someone sober that has a period of sobriety. Professional recovery coaches will work in person or by zoom or phone.


  1. A professional life and recovery coach does not except insurance or Medicaid. Peer Recovery coaches have been taking Medicaid benefits in several states and this in turn leads to a very low pay around $20-$25 per hour of their time. Professional recovery coaches charge cash only and operates like a life coach. They make between $125 and $375 per hour for their services. A lot of people will say that is outrageous or you shouldn’t charge that much, or you should work for free. Professional life coaches understand the value of their worth and realize that nothing in life really is free. I’m not sure where the idea of people working in addiction recovery should work for free or low-cost ever came about but it definitely should not be something that we do. Coaches have a right to earn money and professional coaches really understand the value of business and what they bring to the table. While peer recovery coaches are willing to except less and deal with a higher stressful environment professional life and recovery coaches understand the business side of coaching and also how to market and present themselves to help more clients and also live a comfortable life. No one should work for free.


  1. Professional Addiction Coaches usually maintain a level of sobriety over 2 to 5 years before they even start training and coaching. The ever-growing tale of peer coaches that have a week sober, a month sober, or even two months sober has been a constant battle in the addiction space. Because the peer coach training has been offered free in the community a lot of people will take the free training and they are not even sober for a required period of time or can present in a professional manner. Because there is no guidance or governance on coaching no one is checking to make sure they’re not using and they have enough sobriety to be able to do the work to help other people the industry has been overrun with relapsing peer coaches. Professional Recovery and Life coaches go into this understanding that their recovery is solid and they are able to help more people with that understanding.


  1. Professional Addiction coaches are insured, certified, and bonded. All professional Recovery coaches that train under an ICF approved school like The Addictions Academy will take supervision and coach Mentorship with each program. The peer recovery coach program that is on the market right now does not have any supervision or any case studies. The problem with this is to take a 40 hour course and suddenly you’re supposed to know how to coach without actually doing any live coaching, supervision, Mentorship, or any clinical practicum that is necessary for you to become a good coach. This is a major flaw in the peer recovery coach system, and we see this when the certified peer coaches try to coach and they have a difficult client and they end up having a meltdown, getting angry with her client, posting on social media etc. They don’t know how to behave because they haven’t been mentored the correct way. The ICF requires hands on training to learn the skillset of coaching. The Addictions Academy offers a minimum of 10 hours which is one hour a week for 10 weeks up to 25 weeks of coaching so that you can hone your skills as a coach and be able to provide the best services for your client.


  1. A professional addiction recovery coach understands that there are several levels to coaching and the first level is how to coach the 11 core competencies of coaching set forth by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). At TAA we INLCUDE 6 hours of ethics and 10 hours of supervision. Professional recovery coaches that take the classes at The Addictions Academy are offered the above package which is 36 hours and they can add on a marketing class to learn how to market themselves as a top notch recovery coach. All of our Recovery coaches can also take a life coaching and any of our other 30 classes to add on including: sex addict coaching, Internet addiction coaching, food addiction coaching, sober companion certification, intervention professional training, nutrition coach, or even our big class the iMac. At TAA there is no additional charge for the ethics class or the supervision. We believe both are required components of offering the best services to your client.


The iMac is the International Master Addiction Coaching class which is 10 different certifications of coaching and 25 hours of supervision over six months. At The Addictions Academy, we believe that all professional coaches should continue adding to their educational base and offer additional services to their clients. No other educational institution has as many trainings as we do, nor as an expansive training portfolio of faculty around the world or the ability to offer as many classes as possible on their platform. Peer recovery coaches are offered one class and then they are able to add an ethics class for an additional charge and family coaching for an additional charge. I think bundled pricing with all the elements is a clear way to provide the best service to coach trainees.


  1. Peer recovery coaches follow the 12-step sobriety model which can be viewed by the public as glorified sober sponsor. An actual professional recovery coach should be well-versed in 12 step model, micro dose use, harm reduction, and utilizing many different ways to get sober with no one opinion on how the client should do it. Professional recovery life coaches understand that they need to be neutral and present for their client and meet them where they are. Peer recovery coaches have a tendency to push meetings and the antiquated 12 step model with a 95% fail rate as the only way for people to get sober. Peer recovery coaches also have a tendency to insert themselves and over share their personal experience with clients which all professional coaches know is a boundary violation. Professional addiction recovery coaches understand boundaries professionalism and how to keep the work professional life balanced.


At The Addictions Academy we want to offer the highest level of training approved by the ICF that can actually teach people how to use the 11 court competencies to coach. This is key in understanding how to get your client from ambivalent to working with you as a team effort. At the Addictions Academy we believe that hands-on training and mentorship a key in coaching each person to understand and explore their client relationship. We also want all of our certified addiction coaches to be able to gain business and help clients. We offer a 7 hour marketing class, which includes a FREE one year Directory Listing and a copy of our forms and contracts book to help you get your company started and start getting clients. We want you to be successful, we want you to help people and we also want you to make a decent living. We offer additional add-on trainings to expand your portfolio and learning experience and due to the most multi-faceted approach, we are accredited in 27 countries and have trained almost 20,000 people globally. We look forward to seeing you in class. If you want to study the professional side of addiction and work in the addiction treatment industry with credentials and ease. Call us today at 1-800-706-0318 if you have any questions or to register for one of our upcoming classes.

Study – One in Five COVID-19 Patients Develop Mental Illness Within 90 Days

Study – One in Five COVID-19 Patients Develop Mental Illness Within 90 Days


Many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said, after a large study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days. Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered COVID-19 patients in the study who developed mental health problems. The researchers from Britain’s Oxford University also found significantly higher risks of dementia, a brain impairment condition.

Dealing with stress, anxiety, or general feelings of being overwhelmed, can be helped by many different approaches, including exercise and healthy eating. Exercise boosts serotonin and dopamine (the happy chemicals) and will instantly make you feel better. Sure, there are oils and apps you can buy and carry around, but something as simple as stopping and doing 25 quick squats while breathing will make you instantly feel better. when coupled with other symptoms (like restlessness, irritability and/or a lack of focus) these thoughts could signal a more serious problem. If your heart rate is elevated and you feel like you are in a constant state of panic, then you might have anxiety or an anxiety disorder and you should be evaluated by a professional.

You can learn more about coping with situations like this and many other life struggles including addiction to drugs and alcohol and other mental health issues. We can also teach you how to help others with such issues, by becoming a Life Coach, Sober Companion, Recovery Coach,  or even an Intervention Professional to get help for those in need. The Addictions Academy and Dr. Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach, offer courses to become a certified professional, to help anyone struggling. Even though we are facing tough times, there are professionals and other alternatives to treatment that can help.  You are not alone!  Call us at 1.800.706.0318 or visit www.theaddictionsacdemy.com 

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What’s Holding You Back? Reach Your Goals In 2014

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