Executive intervention process

  • 1 Executive interventionist meets with company rep(s).
    If distance is prohibitive, this meeting can be done over the phone. Decide whether an intervention is warranted and doable. Then develop a timeline and action plan.
  • 2 Select and prepare participants.
    Treatment programs for business executives requires a team. Contact each person to discuss involvement and the commitment required. If you have an employee assistance program or substance abuse counselor on staff, they should be included.
  • 3 Interventionist meets with participants.
    This session includes review of intervention philosophy, addiction education, establish boundaries, review legal matters, disclosure issues and anticipated objections/solutions. This meeting also includes outlining a desired outcome, selecting treatment options, script prep, return to work provisions and various other details.
  • 4 Perform a practice intervention.
    This "dry run" allows us to read scripts aloud and group edit. We'll rehearse the entire intervention. This usually takes place a day or two before the actual intervention.
  • 5 Intervention is held.
    The interventionist will guide the process from start to completion. Calm and caring is the motto of the day.
  • 6 Interventionist follow-up with company rep(s).
    The interventionist and rep(s) discuss a sobriety maintenance program after formal treatment.

the power of intervention

Interventions for Executives Don't underestimate the process or power of the group.

Receiving feedback from trusted colleagues can motivate your fellow co-worker to get healthy. Remember, this is probably a valued employee who has served well for many years. He or she deserves your support and compassion. If an intervention has been deemed necessary, it should be done in a dignified manner. Treatment facilities and programs designed specifically for business executives are available.

high success rate

Addiction is an equal opportunity disease. It doesn't care how smart you are or what college you attended. Fortunately, success rates for executive interventions are high. The possibility of losing your job is a powerful motivator.

If you have the intervention organized by a professional, deliver the message with complete support and guarantee the job will remain upon satisfying treatment requirements, results are likely to be positive.

Millions of people are in successful recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Millions! This may be an opportunity to improve or even save your colleague's or friend's life. It will also benefit your company.

Addiction is a progressive disease and can be fatal. Left untreated the person will get progressively worse. Maybe it's time to step forward and see what we can do.

diminished job performance

Due to his or her addiction, your co-worker may underperform, make bad decisions, damage public relations, make expensive mistakes, be tardy or absent, lose customers and become a general liability. Your co-worker's actions while under the influence may lead to incidents of sexual harassment, accidents and inappropriate exchanges with customers and employees.

From a purely financial point of view, it is expensive to let a skilled employee go. It is expensive to find and train a replacement. It is often financially wise to correct the problem and save a good employee.