Over a year ago my family was faced with a tough situation. One of our loved ones was in desperate trouble with alcohol and drugs and we did not know what to do. We were confused, scared, desperate, and ultimately without a plan.
We reached out to Dave Innis for help and he immediately began the process of unifying the family for a tough and organized, but loving, intervention.
Within a matter of weeks family members from all over the country flew into town to meet with Dave and to conduct the intervention. Dave spent the time with us to explain what it meant for all of us to be there, working together, and how we were going to lovingly confront our family member with the reality that they had a problem and that they needed help.
Dave answered our questions, calmed our frayed nerves, and told us of his experience from his own life and the lives of others he has worked with. He explained to us the process of the intervention, how it would be conducted and Dave researched the local rehabilitation facilities and even researched if they would take our loved one’s insurance, their hours and of the different programs they offered to give our family member the most flexible options regarding the start of their recovery.
We knew the intervention was not going to be easy for many reasons but Dave helped us to organize our thoughts and what we would say once we had the undivided attention of our loved one. One by one each of us told them what we know, how we felt, and what we wanted for their future…it was one of the most difficult, emotional, ugly and then beautiful experience I have ever experienced.
Our relative agreed to, and entered treatment.
It’s been a year since our family intervention and it is not known whether our loved one is in recovery or not. The disease of alcoholism is ultimately a powerful disease and can only be stopped if the person afflicted with it chooses Recovery on their own. It can only be stopped if they accept the help offered to them, no one can be forced to do anything.
Dave’s success is not dependent upon whether my family member chooses to recover, whether they never drink again, whether they live five more years or a hundred. Dave’s success as a Sober Coach and Interventionist is apparent through his ability to help my family find the strength, resources, understanding and compassion for our loved one and for the realization that this person is afflicted with an extremely powerful and life-long disease.
When each of us in our family call each other to see how we are doing, to check in, to visit often and to genuinely care of each other’s well-being now that we had a true understanding of what unity is, I know Dave was successful.
When some of us have entered Al-Anon at Dave’s suggestion and found the fellowship and resources we needed and learned how to still have a loving and compassionate relationship with our Alcoholic loved ones yet still have our own fulfilling lives full of love and laughter, I know Dave was successful.
When I write this review of Dave’s services and thank god he was able to help us, to be grateful for his love, guidance and especially patience, I know Dave is not only successful but he’s the best at what he does.
Neil – California