David Marion

    David Marion

    David Marion

    Stage an Intervention.

    Save a life.

    What is an intervention? How does it work? What happens before, during, and after the intervention?


    An addiction intervention professional is trained to organize, intervene, and stage an intervention.



    Addiction professionals come in many forms, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, and Certified Interventionist. These professionals look over

    the unique circumstances that make up the situation. They will suggest an approach based on the case and then guide you through the process.


    For the best approach to intervening where there is a problem, a professional Interventionist is recommended. Intervention professionals, also known as Interventionist, have the experience you need to guide you in the right direction to have a successful intervention.

    This is one reason I love doing interventions.

    From the clients Dad,

    David, am so very thankful 🙏 Pat introduced you and what an awesome person you are gifted in helping, leading, directing and saving lives. Steve is thankful everyone intervened and is in a comfortable place, Hazelden Center City. He texted Ted he thought he was about to die, thank God for your rescue.

    What is an intervention?


    An intervention is an event organized in a safe environment to help you talk to your loved one's addiction in hopes of finding the person within. 


    Planning for intervention is a necessary process. A substance abuse Interventionist has conducted interventions many times before, and will share their expertise.


    Your participation in the addiction intervention, along with family members, will help the person struggling with addictions understand the negative consequences the abuse and addiction are having on you. Expressing these feelings will help the person struggling with addictions see how the bad behaviors and manipulations are impacting the people they love. The person with addictions does have options, and hopefully, they choose wisely, or they will suffer negative



    An intervention is not to condemn, blame, or attack. It should be a loving and caring environment. The Interventionist will help cool down hot tempers should they arise.

    Read the Book and get the Workbook FREE!

    Addiction Rescue



    In their first self-help book, David Marion and Dana Golden address the subject of addiction, or substance use disorder (SUD), and recovery. They take an in-depth look at recovering from all three areas of life that are affected by SUD; the body, the mind, and the spirit. This book is the perfect blend of David's story through multiple addictions and through the recovery of them, eye-opening facts and advice for those struggling or loved ones struggling with addiction. This book is written in an easy to follow, and in list format, to help anyone suffering from any type of obsessive behavior causing consequences in their life. Whether an addict or the loved one of an addict, Addiction Rescue is the one, all-inclusive book to get into and stay in recovery.

    Understanding the Steps for an Intervention.


    Interventions do work and can boost the person struggling with addiction chances

    at care and recovery. 

    "According to the Association of Intervention Specialists, 80-90 percent of interventions are successful."1

    – Association of Intervention Specialist


    "When done with a person who is trained and successfully experienced as an interventionist, over 90% of people make a commitment to get help."2



    Interventions reveal to a person struggling with the addiction that you care and are concerned. Now is the time to talk about the impact the addiction has had you. The intervention provides

    an encouraging and gentle way to move the addict through to a treatment option.


    Interventions planning can be challenging. Hiring an Interventionist to help is highly recommended. A professional interventionist will tailor the process to your specific



    Get Going. Change a Life. Stage an Intervention.


    Don't wait any longer. You know something needs to change. Call a family meeting to discuss an intervention. Talk to an Interventionist about the right way to go about making the plan and putting it into action.


    1. Making the plan before staging an intervention.

    For a positive outcome, a plan is necessary. The planning stage is a learning process for all involved. Questions need to be asked and answered. The first step will help family members understand what will happen and when it will happen, along with what to expect and do next.


    The addiction has created unique dynamics within the family. An Interventionist will help sort out these behaviors creating a better outcome. New boundaries will need to be set to change any enabling behavior.


    Take notes and do your homework after the meeting. Get prepared for the next step, which is the intervention.


    Letters are to be written to the loved ones. 


    • 1st paragraph talks about what they were like before alcohol and drugs entered the picture. Give specific examples such as the time growing up and going to grandmas how much fun we had. 


    • 2nd paragraph says how much you’ve changed since you started using. Again specific examples like getting a DWI or isolating and withdrawing from family and work events.


    • The 3rd paragraph asks the loved one to reclaim their life and accept the help we are offering today and go to treatment with the Interventionist.


    2. The Intervention meeting.


    The Interventionist will lead the intervention meeting, following the plan. The Interventionist is relieving others to concentrate on their part by taking charge.


    An intervention, when conducted by an Interventionist, will benefit everyone, making chances for a better outcome are more likely. Going it alone will bring mediocre results through anger, disrespect, and sometimes violence.


    3. The Follow Up


    The Interventionist will follow up to see how everything is going afterward. Helping you plan for the next step and keep guiding you in a better direction if needed. Keep the Interventionist informed of any progress, positive or negative. If you have any feedback, now is the time to share it.


    If the intervention meeting doesn't go well, don't give up hope. You may have planted the seed that the person struggling with additions needed to hear. The person with additions may approach you later after considering what just happened. Now would be the time to bring up treatment options again. Show them how much you care and move them toward the possibilities brought up in the intervention meeting. Call the Interventionist and inform them what just happened. The Interventionist is there to help any way they can.


    In this challenging situation, a professional Interventionist will make a big difference.


    David Marion is a certified Intervention professional.  He has the experience and knowledge to answer your questions and suggest real treatment programs that work.

    • 80 to 90% of alcohol and drug professional interventions are successful.​1

    • Please don't be in the 10%.

    Who will attend?

    Who has be affected? 

    Who will be a bad fit?

    Best location?

    Best time of day?

    How will the addicted person get there?

    What if the addicted person suspects the intervention?

    What will you say?

    Who will lead the process?

    Who will speak first, second and so on?

    What will the consequences be if treatment does not happen?

    Who will provide what services?

    Will I need counseling too?

    Will there be family counseling?

    What do I do if...?

    Bring a list of questions to this first meeting.

    This free brochure from the US Department of Health and Human Service will be a helpful read.


    Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families


    The brochure describes how alcohol and substance misuse will affect the whole family. Substance use disorder treatment works. Family interventions can be the first step to recovery.

    Frequently asked questions about Interventions

    How common are Substance Use Disorders in the US?

    Substance Use Disorder (Alcohol or Illicit Drugs), people ages 12 or older in the United States.

    • Alcohol 14.5 Million
    • Illicit Drugs 7.5 Million
    • Marijuana 4.1 Million
    • Prescription Pain Reliever Misuse 1.7 Million
    • Cocaine 1.0 Million
    • Methamphetamine 1.0 Million
    • Heroin 0.7 Million
    • Prescription Stimulant Misuse 0.6 Million
    Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the full report.

    How do I know if I'm an alcoholic?

    Alcohol dependence or abuse presents itself differently in different people. By answering the question below, you may find you are dependent on alcohol or abusing alcohol and may need help.

    • Do you spend a lot of time going to the liquor store, drinking alcohol, and recovering from to hangover?
    • Do you crave alcohol?
    • Are you able to cut back your usage of alcohol?
    • Do you continue to use alcohol even when people complain about it?
    • Do you drive after drinking alcohol or use other machinery?
    • Do you end up drinking more and for a more extended period than you intended?
    • Do you have psychological or physical problems that stem from your alcohol consumption?
    • Do you skip events, recreational activities, or other obligations at home, work, or school because of alcohol?
    • Do you find yourself having to drink more to achieve the desired effect you get from alcohol?
    • Do you suffer withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking alcohol on your own?
    If you are not sure if you are alcohol dependent or you know you are struggling, here are a few more questions to ask yourself. The acronym CAGE has 4 questions:
    • C = Cut Down – Have you ever talked about or think you need to Cut down on your drinking?
    • A = Annoyed – Do people get Annoyed by you or criticizing your drinking?
    • G =Guilty – Does drinking sometimes make you feel bad or Guilty about something you said or did?
    • E = Eye-Opener– Do you ever have an Eye-opener or drink right away in the morning to calm hangover symptoms?"

    What is a Substance Use Disorder?

    1. Drug and alcohol addiction is referred to as Substance Use Disorder (SUD). SUD is a disease that affects the brain and behavior of people who use a variety of different substances. SUD is the inability to control the use of a drug, legal or illegal, alcohol, marijuana, and nicotine. The continued use of a substance that is causing harm is Substance Use Disorder.
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    How long does an intervention last?

    There is no set length of time for an intervention. Every intervention is different and has unique needs. Estimation would be 30 to 90 minutes. But, some could take longer.


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