Are Addiction and Mental Health Interventions still possible in the age of social distancing?

To alleviate your concerns I want all of you to know:

  1. Yes, Interventions can and are still occurring and recovery coaching is available
  2. Yes, your loved one still can get help
  3. Yes, my team and I can help you
  4. Yes, treatment options are available
  5. Yes, there is even help for seniors and others who are “sheltered in place”
  6. Yes, Family coaching with is still available
  7. Yes, we can still take action and be in compliance with the guidelines set in place

Seeking Treatment During A Pandemic

Let’s be honest most people don’t want to go into treatment and most people are in a state of chaos and confusion given the trauma of a world pandemic. Numbing themselves with alcohol and other drugs may feel like the best way to go.

Moreover, many people have a level of inner ambivalence guilt or shame about their substance use. Maybe they have been arrested for driving under the influence, racked up their charge cards, awoken in someone else’s bed. Perhaps their spouse filed for divorce or separation or their children are taken away.  Most have violated their values.

In some Instances, people may be self-aware enough to want to address their inner despair or air out their behaviors. With today’s uncertainty with Covid- 19 many folks just want to disappear in a sea of nothingness albeit alcohol or other drugs, gambling, shopping, sex, disordered eating etc.

Regardless of how well motivated or how poorly motivated someone appears there is always an opening that can be discovered in their armor. When we know what our clients and families care about, we can break into the hollow walls of their denial and effectuate change

Searching For A New Normal

Recessions and world crisis foster increased substance abuse problems. People are at home often confused, fearful and lost. Their daily routines have been disrupted and they are searching for a new normal.

Today, is a great time perhaps the best time for real honest, transparent conversations and to reset to new ways of living.

Hence there is no time like today to act. One can help a loved one get the help they need, and interventions can be performed even in the arena of social distancing and being sheltered in place.

Interventions are “invitations to change“ and at best require Collective Strategies, in that we will put together a team of families, friends who will help move your love one to change in 2 key ways:

  • Intervention – in which we will teach you how to motivate the person to change
  • Strategic – in that we will use novel strategies to move him or her to change

Working Remotely

Preparation for an intervention is most often through telecommunications. I have helped many grateful families move their loved ones to change through coaching them and giving them the skills and strategies needed remotely.

If you want to learn more please reach out by phone (619-507-1699) . My team and I welcome speaking with you and having a crucial conversation.

If you want reference material, my book – The Definitive Guide To Addiction Interventions -A Collective Strategy is available on Amazon and my website has a host of complementary materials.

Together we can make a difference.


Dr. Louise


  • Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF, CIP

    Writer, Speaker, Clinician, Interventionist

    Dr. Louise Stanger founded All About Interventions because she is passionate about helping families whose loved ones experience substance abuse, mental health, process addictions and chronic pain. She is committed to showing up for her clients and facilitating lasting change so families are free from sleepless, worrisome nights. Additionally, she speaks about these topics all around the country, trains staff at many treatment centers, and develops original family programs. In 2018, Louise became the recipient of the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Excellence in Service Award. She most recently received the Interventionist of the Year Award from DB Resources in London and McLean Hospital - an affiliate of Harvard University, in 2019. To learn more, watch this video: and visit her website at