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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!


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3 Signs of Addiction in the workplace and what you can do about it

3 Signs of Addiction in the workplace and what you can do about it

12/9/2021 by Chris Cobb

Addiction is everywhere. It does NOT discriminate. It’s in the streets, at home with the kids and the parents, in the schools including the students and the teachers, in the workplace with the employees and CEOs alike. Sometimes it is easy to tell when someone has a problem with substance abuse, sometimes not so easy. So, what are some things you can look for to know if you need to call in an intervention professional or an addiction coach? Here is a quick list of signs to help you recognize that someone may need help.

Here are the TOP 3 Signs of Addiction in the workplace

  1. Persistent Lethargy –

This one may or may not be obvious depending on the individual. And it’s not always a result of substance abuse, but it is certainly a red flag to look for if you suspect someone using in the workplace. If your coworker is constantly coming into work with an inability to perform their job properly due to lack of sleep, lack of energy, or what you can tell is a ‘hangover’ or ‘come down’, it may be worth talking to them or upper management to find out if there is something that can be done to help. The first step here if suspicion of drug or alcohol use in the workplace is typically a drug screen. Yes, alcohol can also be detected up to 72 hours after being consumed, so long as the panel includes it. If it’s found that the employee is using, rather than firing them right away, perhaps it’s time to call in an addictions coach or a Sober on Demand professional accordingly to find a solution that may help this employee take control of their issues with substance abuse. Read further for more signs to look for.


  1. Constantly Out of Sight –

We all know that one person we have worked with at some point who we think is simply lazy and likes to avoid work at all costs, especially when on the clock. This can be for a number of reasons. Maybe they are lazy, or maybe they are trying to avoid being seen because they took a look in the bathroom mirror right after clocking in. Bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, paleness in complexion, or anything out of the ordinary may be a sign that someone is suffering substance abuse of some kind and just can’t take control of it on their own. I know when I was working as an I.T. admin in a medical products store, I definitely did not like talking face to face with my boss the morning after a week-long bender. I’d avoid anyone at all costs by taking as many smoke breaks as I could, hiding out in the bathroom just in case I’m about to lose my lunch, or hogging the coffee machine in the break room as a feeble attempt to stay awake for just long enough to make it through the day without being shaken awake by my team members. The first step in gathering information from an obvious avoider is confrontation. Sitting down in the front office with them and studying their reactions to your questioning. If you notice or suspect there may be a substance abuse issue with the individual, it’s time to discuss options. They either straighten up by seeking treatment or talking to an addictions professional or other type of counselor, or they must go, so that no one in the business is put in harms way, or affected in their own jobs by the potential repercussions of this person’s addiction. What is another way you can spot addiction in an employer or employee? Keep reading to find out.


  1. Changes in Behavior –

Let’s turn the tables and say it’s your boss you’re worried about. Karen just isn’t herself lately. She is doing all of the above and then some, say she seems more careless than usual, and not properly prioritizing and assigning tasks to the team, causing awkward silence in the office because no one knows what to do… It always seems more difficult to confront the big cheese, yes? But this could be the avoidance that shuts breaks the entire business and causes loss of employment for everyone. If you notice someone acting out of line in obvious ways like coming in drunk, or ‘skunky’, or even cleaning the light switches with a toothbrush… It’s time to take action, no matter who it is or how high up in the company they rank. Work must be a well-oiled machine in order for any business to flourish. If you notice anything peculiar that may be a result of substance abuse such as illicit drug addiction or alcoholism, it’s time to look into all available options for a solution including but not limited to addictions coaching for the whole workplace, substance abuse training and how to spot signs,  Sober on Demand professionals, intervention, and keeping awareness in the forefront of everyone’s minds. Having a plan is vital, keeping all the business prepared for a situation that could possibly jeopardize part or all of the company.


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How to find a Certified Sober Companion

How to find a certified sober companion 


Addiction treatment methods have evolved during the last decade. More people seek help from sources other than therapists, counselors, and traditional support groups these days. However, all of these specialists and programs are essential parts of an addiction recovery team. Many people find that they want or need further help after completing treatment. As a result, many addicted individuals are seeking additional assistance and accountability through additional support systems.


There are Different Types of Sober Companions and knowing which certified sober companion to pick is key.


Sober companions can be divided into three categories. While the types of sober companions available vary depending on your area or rehab institution, they are typically live-in, on-call, or escort-based.


  • Live-In Sober Companion


Depending on your treatment plan, a live-in sober companion moves into your home or a halfway house with you as you exit inpatient care or begin outpatient care. If you have drugs or alcohol, your sober companion will actively examine your home or living environment for substances and throw them out. This career path can also work in lieu of addiction treatment and help a client get sober or reduce their use in real-time. The key element for success here is that the client is at home, learning in real-time how to tackle and handle stressors. Addiction treatment centers are a great foundation to get sober, but the real work is at home when the real-life stressors hit. A 24/7 live-in certified sober companion will aid in these services.


  • On-Call


On-call sober companions may be the ideal alternative if you prefer a sober companion to help you during your recovery. Thus, they don’t have the time or resources to have a living companion. In this situation, your sober companion is accessible on-demand, and you can call them whenever you need someone to chat to or visit anytime. Sober companions that are on call might work by text, email, or phone as needed to help the client get through the stressful moment. Certified sober companions are very different from sponsors, which are peer-led 12 step individuals that went through the program themselves and got sober. Sponsors are not professionals, nor trained individuals. They can be helpful in addiction recovery; however, a trained certified sober companion will have a higher skill set in keeping the client sober.  At The Addictions Academy, all of our students are trained, certified, bonded, and insured to work in the addiction treatment industry. We even hire from within for our Sober on Demand and The Addictions Coach programs.


  • Escort- Based


Sober companions that provide escorting services are concerned with keeping recovering addicts from purchasing substances. It is when traveling to and from work, attending social gatherings, or attending meetings such as group meetings or therapy appointments. If you don’t trust yourself to manage triggers or not relapse when left alone, this lower level of support is suitable. Certified sober companions that provide safe transport can also accompany a client to and from drug and alcohol treatment or be utilized as safe passage safe an intervention.


Services Provided by Sober Companions


Professional sober companions have numerous advantages and can help in the faster recovery of someone who has completed treatment by preventing recurrence. However, depending on the companion, their training, and their qualifications for the role, the services provided by sober companions will vary substantially. Some of the services that most sober friends provide are listed below.


  • Emotional Support

Receiving emotional support is an essential aspect of feeling motivated, affirmed, and ready to push through the inevitable problems of sobriety. This includes desires and triggers. Simply having someone to talk to and confide in, knowing that they would listen without judgment, can boost your outlook and strength when circumstances go tough.


  • Social Accountability


A recovering addict can stay clean or sober only by using a sober companion for accountability. They will often become your guide and stay with you for as long as you need. At Sober on Demand, we have daily companions and even yearly sober companions. Because you have someone to be clean and sober for, having this presence will make succumbing to relapse more difficult. You’ll also feel accountable to someone and, if you relapse, guilty, which will provide further motivation to stop using substances.


Ways To Select the Best Certified Sober Companions


If the addict in recovery is living alone, a sober companion can be an essential element of their recovery. They can also be incredibly advantageous for people who do not have access to emotional and psychological support from friends and family. It is essential to select a sober partner with caution. This is to ensure that you discover one who is qualified and will give you the benefits and support you require to recover and maintain your sobriety.


  • Standards


For selecting a sober companion, make sure to check their authenticity. Also, when making a decision, it is important to consider qualifications, training, and other factors. If you want to be a sober companion, take advantage of any training opportunities available to ensure you are as skilled and knowledgeable. Look for referrals (or advertising) or any local treatment center to find the best sober companion. At The Addictions Academy, we have the first and most comprehensive certified sober companion course on the markets and we have trained over 25,000 people in 26 countries.


  • Check All Essential Documents


While you select a sober companion, remember to go through all the essential documents. It may include certifications, liability insurance, medical certificates, or other specific information. Other than this, also check they have five years of experience at least in sobriety. Also, you must take note that you are selecting from a reputable company. Thus, this way, you can find the best results while following all the guidelines. Dr. Cali Estes and her team at The Addictions Coach and Sober on Demand have over 30 years of experience and can help you select the best certified sober companion for your loved one. Call today at 800-706-0318 to get trained or 1-800-706-0318 ext. 1 to hire one of our certified, bonded, insured professionals with lived experience.



A sober companion can be a significant asset throughout the transition period between establishing recovery and returning to your previous life. They can also help with relapse prevention during outpatient addiction treatment. A sober friend can be a lot of things, but it’s not a substitute for treatment and behavioral therapy. They can, however, provide emotional support and companionship to help you stay clean and sober as you adjust to regular life during your recovery.


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