Intervention Services: Admissions Help and The Love First Model

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Intervention is not mean. It is not an attack or an ambush. Intervention is kind. Intervention is a loving opportunity to say clearly, "We love you. We haven't forgotten who you are and what makes you special. We are all ready to make changes, and we're inviting you to say yes to our help today."

Intervention is best described as the experience of surrounding a loved one with support and encouragement from those who love them most. It’s a deliberate, loving opportunity that helps make it easier for someone to accept help and harder to reject it. Because you see, accepting help is scary. It’s only easier when we know that we are loved and supported and that the alternatives are simply too hard to accept. Intervention makes accepting help easier. 

The goal of an intervention is to help a loved one with addiction to accept treatment but it is also to help them begin the journey of recovery. We want that person to become aware of the ways in which their problem is affecting others, themselves and their future. But just as importantly, we want your loved one to know how much they are loved, missed and valued as an important member of your family and an important person in your life. Hopefully, with a new understanding, the person will choose to accept the gift and opportunity of treatment to help them begin the journey of recovery.

Full Life Counseling believes that it’s best to intervene with love, respect and a clear message of how life will change after our time together. This helps the person preserve their dignity while still encouraging them to choose health and recovery.

Our lead interventionists are Ginny Mills and Dan Hogue. 

Ginny Mills is the founder and Clinical Director of Full Life Counseling and the co-founder of ParentingThroughAddiction.com.  Since 2009, Ginny has been successfully guiding family teams through the Love First-model of intervention. Ginny’s theoretical foundation for intervention is the Love First-model, as described by Jeff & Debra Jay in their book by that same name. She has successfully shepherded over 100 families through intervention with 93% choosing admission. Ginny is as gentle as they come when she needs to be and as respectfully firm as she must be to achieve the desired results. She’s equally clear in encouraging ongoing engagement by family members for the best possible outcome. 

Ginny recognized in 2018 that the opportunity to help more families could only be accomplished by training other seasoned addiction professionals in the art of loving intervention. 

Dan Hogue was a natural choice when Ginny expanded the Full Life intervention team. Dan began collaborating with Ginny in 2009 to match those who need treatment with the best treatment resource to match those needs. Dan joined the Full Life team as an interventionist in 2019 and has demonstrated the ability to apply Ginny’s training with his own strong intuition about how to help those who need to move beyond their resistance, ambivalence, and fear about getting help.

Building on his relationships with regional and national treatment programs that he has known for over 15 years, Dan brings an appreciation of the nuance differences between programs and insight into which treatment programs could offer the best fit for an individual client. But equally important, Dan shares Ginny’s passion for bringing loving, respectful support to those who love someone affected by the disease of addiction AND he is incredibly effective when sharing his own story of recovery with those who need help. Dan applies the best parts of the Love First-model, the Full Life model, and his own personal experience with families who are longing to believe that recovery is possible and with those with addiction who are silently fearful that their pain will never end. 

Dan guides families through the process of deciding if intervention is right for your family and, if so, through every step of the process including:

  • Deciding who needs to be a part of your intervention team
  • Choosing 1-2 treatment programs that are right for your loved one
  • Developing a solid plan for preparing for and guiding your team through the intervention meeting with your loved one,
  • Facilitating the actual admission of your loved one through the admissions process, and
  • Helping your family know how to proceed with supporting your loved one’s recovery (and your own) in the weeks and months to come.

While intervention does require intense planning, the process can be completed within 7-21 days of the initial inquiry phone call. Call 336-.923-7426, ext. 714 or ext. 0. 

Please explore the links below for help in preparing for an intervention:

 

 
6 Articles Describing Love First Model Interventions

 

Step-by-Step Process

 

Explanation of Full Life Fees & Expenses

 

Words of Inspiration from Debra Jay

 
Treatment Matching Questionnaire

 
Intervention Letter Writing Tips

 
Understanding Bottom Lines for Adults

 
Understanding Bottom Lines for Adolescents

Meet Our Intervention Specialists

Ginny H. Mills, MAEd, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CCS, Clinical Director

It has been my privilege for 30+ years to walk with individuals and families affected by drug use – their own or that of someone they love. Although I'm credentialed as an "addiction specialist," a better description of me would be "hope specialist." I help frustrated, exhausted, and terrified parents find answers and hope, despite watching their children spiral downward because of drug use. They know that nothing else is working, but they refuse to give up. I work collaboratively with parents while also educating, equipping, and inspiring parents to respond wisely (rather than to react instinctively) to their drug-using son or daughter.
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Dan Hogue, Intervention & Sober Support

I'm Dan, and I've been working in the addiction field since 2005 when I joined the team at Hanley Center as their Director of Educational Services. Hanley Center was (and is still) near and dear to my heart. I've been a North Carolinian now since moving to Charlotte in 2006, where I live with my spoiled rotten dog, Samantha.
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About Our Practice

Full Life offers counseling for issues as diverse as compulsive eating, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and marital and couples challenges in addition to substance use disorders and recovery-related services. Clinicians use a variety of techniques to address these, including, but not limited to EMDR, hypnosis, and DBT. Other staff additions have allowed us to broaden our scope to provide care for those seeking a deeper spiritual life, healing and connections in the area of sexuality in recovery, chronic pain and trauma work.

Fees & Insurance

Clinical staff bill according to their credentials and experience using a tier system. Please review the Fee Schedule and/or Staff pages for more information. Some counselors’ services may be eligible for insurance reimbursement, while others’ services are not reimbursable. This information is also posted in the Full Life lobby.

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