Caring Interventions is a full-service intervention practice focused on serving families and corporations in the Southeast, especially Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. We are a team of addiction professionals dedicated to providing affordable intervention services that promote recovery for the long term. We offer family and executive interventions, drawing on evidence-based, best-practice intervention models to meet the specific needs of the identified patient and concerned others. At a minimum Caring Interventions always provides
• Pre-intervention consultation, education and planning.
• Screening for co-occurring disorders.
• Recommendation of at least 3 clinically-appropriate treatment providers.
• Facilitation of the intervention meeting(s)
• Monitoring of the admissions process.
• Consultation for at least 6 months after the identified patient enters treatment.
Long-term recovery greatly depends on choosing the clinically appropriate level of care. One of the many services we provide is helping our clients choose the best care available within their means. Not everyone requires in-patient treatment. Some patients do well with out-patient treatment, especially when supported by testing and monitoring. We always suggest at least three clinically appropriate treatment options to our intervention clients, based on first-hand knowledge of a wide range of treatment providers. As a member of the Network of Intervention Specialists, we have access to outstanding professional resources throughout the continental United States.
Other services we provide include consulting, screening and referral, case management, transport, mentoring by a sober coach or sober companion and testing with monitoring and supervision. We know that intervention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.
Brian O’Shea is the founder of the Jackson, Mississippi-based company Caring Interventions, opened in 2009, but his experience with interventions dates back much earlier than that. He serves as the company’s lead interventionist and sober coach. Get to know him better through our exclusive Q&A with him.
What makes you passionate about recovery?
I am a third generation alcoholic/dual diagnosis individual, and I’m in recovery. The idea that this disease can be defeated is what makes me passionate. We can, on some level, beat this disease. You need to stay abstinent, but you can heal the family system from the trauma of the addiction.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Seeing the removal of fear for the family and the recreation of hope in the family system. Seeing them re-engage. They begin to believe that their loved one is not going to die, and they start doing their own work.
What would you say to families going through the process of intervention with a loved one?
I would tell them to educate themselves. Recovery is going to impact the individual, but there’s work that they’re going to need to do, too. There have been strong improvements in treatment; we have strong dual diagnosis treatment, and outcomes can be improved, but we are looking at three- to five-year plans now.
What’s your daily routine?
I get up in the morning and I do a brief prayer and silent meditation to ask for sobriety and the removal of defects and blocks. I do a little bit of small mindful walking, and then I reach out by email or phone and get connected to my support team. I go to meetings. I try to help others. The biggest challenge is always where to devote my time today to try to be the most helpful. And then I try to have a little fun.
What do you do to stay energized during the day?
I’ve gotten a little better about my diet, and I do some kale smoothies. I also turn the phone off and do five to 10 minutes of silent meditation with some breathing or walking. The key thing is to unplug from the phone and practice silence.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I collect first edition books from American authors. I also like regional theater, and I like to go on different types of retreats to different areas. My most recent was a Thich Nhat Hanh mindfulness retreat.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
I travel way too much, so that’s an interesting question. I guess I always like going to the beach. I recently had the most soothing vacation I’ve had in years, and it was at a simple little beach with loved ones. I also love going to conferences. It may sound funny, but I get to hear some great leaders and teachers, and there’s a morning AA meeting filled with professionals where I can really be myself.
If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take three books with you, what would you choose?
I would take Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, I would take the big red book Adult Children of Alcoholics, and then I would take Shibumi by Trevanian. It’s a spy novel about the Japanese concept of “shibumi,” a spiritual goal that you’re supposed to be striving for every day.
How do you know when someone is “getting it” in the intervention process?
It’s interesting. Sometimes it’s body language, sometimes it’s something they say. But sometimes you have to change your questions because especially now, with prescription addiction — the greatest drug epidemic in the United States — they’re so broken down that they’re not tracking, so I need to make my questions simpler. You have to be compassionate.
What advice do you have for people who are entering treatment today?
Trust the process. The disease is telling them they don’t deserve a better quality of life, so I’d say, “Remember that you deserve a better quality of life. You’re forgiven and you deserve recovery.”
What advice do you have for people who are struggling to maintain recovery?
In 2015, we have more tools. You may need a professional, you may need EMDR, you may need different therapies. I strongly suggest that when they’re ready, they do family therapy. There’s more work to be done, so keep exploring and finding help. It’s out there.
How have you been inspired by people in recovery?
I’ve been inspired by the idea that there is no seniority in recovery. The greatest people I know deeply believe this is one day at a time. That’s the message that the greatest men and women have inspired me with. They really get that. There’s a certain amount of undeserved grace in my ongoing health; there are elements of mystery and grace.