I would like to introduce you to a friend, Brian O’Shea, he is the co-founder of Caring Interventions. He knows what he is doing because he has been doing it for two decades plus, I trust him and know that he is a man of principle and integrity. My friend Brian O’Shea:
What is distinctive about Caring Interventions? According to Brian O’Shea, Caring Interventions co-founder and lead interventionist, the practice is unusual because of its commitment to affordable intervention services and because of its home base in the Deep South, a region that is relatively underserved. But, commitment to the highest quality of care is the principal Caring Interventions hallmark. The practice is grounded in the latest research and evidence-based, best practice models of intervention: the ARISE® invitational model, Systemic Family Intervention© and the classic Johnson-style intervention. More often than not, O’Shea interventions are hybrids developed to meet the specific needs of a particular situation. “However,” says O’Shea, “our job does not begin and end with delivering someone to a treatment facility. Caring Interventions puts a lot of thought, time and effort into screening, referral and family education.
“Accurately screening the identified patient and matching him (or her) with the appropriate type and level of care is just as important as a successful intervention. Is he an alcoholic or is he an alcoholic with a history of bipolar disorder? What kind of treatment program can the family afford? Does he need to have in-patient treatment or can he succeed with intensive out-patient care? Will insurance cover treatment services? We meet people where they are and help them to make the most of available resources.” O’Shea has personally toured more than 100 treatment centers. In addition, he is active in the national Network of Independent Interventionists (NII), which allows interventionists to pool their knowledge and experience to help each other identify the best treatment program for a given individual.”
According to O’Shea, families—including corporate families—need help, too. “They need broad-based education about the disease model of addiction. They need to learn that their problems are not unique, that they are not alone and that there are good reasons to have hope. They need to know what is helpful to the afflicted individual and what is not helpful. Usually, they need to learn that they should take better care of themselves. They may need to set boundaries. They may need to talk to other people who are dealing with addiction. Sometimes we see a family member decide to enter treatment based on what they have learned from collaborating with us.” To enhance family recovery, Caring Interventions provides a minimum of 6 months of consultation following an intervention.
Last but not least, Caring Interventions offers post-treatment programs to prevent relapse. These include sober coaching and—the new paradigm for relapse prevention—intensive random testing, monitoring and supervision of patients who have completed in-patient treatment. The testing, monitoring and supervision program makes use of the newest technologies to replicate the success of the state Physicians Health Programs, which have produced remarkable long-term results over the last four decades. Says O’Shea, “The professional weekends, intensives and symposia that I have attended over the last year or two have emphasized testing, monitoring and supervision as key to relapse prevention and long-term sobriety.”