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Located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Kelowna is a growing city with a population of over 130,000. It is a popular vacation destination for locals and others as there are stunning lake and mountain views, world-renowned wineries, and numerous outdoor activities just a short distance away.

Kelowna intervention

However, this growing population and surge of visitors have led to increased drug and alcohol addictions and drug-related overdoses and deaths. In 2018 Kelowna recorded 55 illicit drug overdose deaths, placing the city fifth in BC behind Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, and Burnaby. Unfortunately, many of these overdoses and fatalities are the result of recreational drug use due to the stigma of drug use. Therefore, if you are concerned about a family member or friend whose life may be at risk due to substance use or addiction, it may be time to consider an intervention. 


If considering help, Andy Bhatti offers drug and alcohol interventions in Kelowna and throughout the BC Interior. He is a professional drug and alcohol abuse interventionist, working with families and people suffering from addiction to take them off the destructive path of their current lifestyle. Depending on the needs of the individual, the level of help required may add another layer to the decision-making. Therefore, seeking help can often be a challenging task. Below are some of the most important things to know when it comes to staging an alcohol intervention in Vancouver.


What is an Intervention? 

An intervention is a process that has been diligently planned that may be done by family and friends, in consultation with a doctor or professional such as a licensed alcohol and drug counsellor, or directed by an intervention professional (interventionist). It can also involve a member of your loved one’s faith or others who care about the person struggling with addiction. It’s also important to consider who should not be on the intervention team. Someone your loved one dislikes or a person with an unmanaged mental health condition or substance use disorder is usually not a good fit. Because many individuals with substance use disorders are not able to view their behaviours objectively, using an intervention allows the person to be exposed to others’ perspectives.


Examples of substance and behavioural addictions that may prompt an intervention include:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Prescription substance abuse
  • Illicit substance abuse
  • Gambling addiction
  • Food addiction

Goals and Challenges of Addiction Interventions

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Ultimately, the goal of drug intervention in Kelowna is simple: to get your loved one to agree to go to rehab. While the inversion itself can be simple, there are several approaches to getting there that may present challenges along the way. Some interventions can be very direct while others are very warm and loving, it will depend on the needs and personality of the loved one receiving help. However, it can be hard for people to set their feelings aside and put in the work for effective intervention. 


As a result, sometimes not all interventions are successful. In some cases, your loved one with an addiction may refuse the treatment plan. They may erupt in anger or insist that help is not needed or may be resentful and accuse you of betrayal or being a hypocrite. It is important to keep in mind that no intervention is a failure, even if they refuse to go to rehab or seek additional treatment. Even if an intervention doesn’t work, you and others involved in your loved one’s life can make changes that may help. Ask other people involved to avoid enabling the destructive cycle of behaviour and take active steps to encourage positive change. 


These challenges can be used as a positive learning tool to help you and your loved one going forward in their recovery process. The family can use their new knowledge and perspective to hold their loved one accountable with boundaries providing the family is all on the same page throughout the process. A refusal of treatment can allow a family or friends to see that the addiction is not their fault and if the addict or alcoholic refuses help then it is on them and not the family that offered a solution. While refusing help or treatment may be disheartening at first, this can be beneficial to recovery, in the long run, so do not give up.


Ultimately, it is important to remember that an intervention is no quick fix, even if it leads to the individual entering treatment. Long-term support, care, and effective treatments are needed for success. Our intervention services in Kelowna include teaching friends and family to deal with the individual when they are back from treatment. We will help guide them in the direction of finding meetings while the patient is in treatment, and help the family find a counsellor if needed. Furthermore, we connect family members with private care in Kelowna including outpatient doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists or any trauma therapy, if required. Calling an interventionist and saving a family’s loved one will help the addict realize that anyone can become clean and sober and live an amazing life in recovery.

interventions take time

Finding Addiction Help in Kelowna

At Andy Bhatti Interventions and Addiction Services, we understand how difficult enacting these changes can really be. Once you have decided to intervene, working with our team of professionals will provide resources and additional support for everyone involved in the intervention, rehab, and recovery process.


Our team’s mission is to provide help for you and your family and loved ones with an alcohol or drug problem. If you are ready to take a step forward alongside someone you care about, please 

reach out today for a consultation. Call our emergency 24-hour intervention phone line at 1-888-960-3209 or call Andy Bhatti directly at 1-604-309-1573.