You don’t have to live this way any longer, there is a better way to live…

When someone you love is addicted or suffering from any behavioral health problem it is hard to know how to help. Addiction is a complicated and complex illness. Family members are often left dumbfounded and heartbroken in the wake of the insanity of addiction. When your attempts to help someone with an addiction or other behavioral health problem are not working, it may be time to consider a professional Intervention.

Dr Karen Zazzera, the primary interventionist and founder of Scottsdale Intervention, is an Independent Interventionist and member of The Network of Independent Interventionists.  This means that she is an independent practitioner and is not affiliated with any treatment programs and does not receive “kick backs” or other financial incentives from treatment providers.  You can rest assured that the recommendations you receive from us are ethical and in your best interest.

Further, Dr Karen Zazzera is certified and licensed to the highest standards achievable in professional intervention. She is also a licensed behavioral health clinician.  Many interventionists are not licensed clinicians.  Please be sure that any interventionist you consider is educated and licensed not just in intervention and addiction, but in mental / behavioral health.  By maintaining these exceptional standards, we assure you that you are receiving the most clinically sound and professional intervention experience possible.

The Scottsdale Intervention approach to intervention

“I passionately believe in the power of intervention simply because it saves lives.”
— Dr Karen Zazzera

You have choices when choosing your interventionist.  This is what we believe sets us apart from other interventionists and intervention approaches:

We facilitate a respectful and loving Family Intervention Workshop that motivates an addicted person to accept help while also empowering the family to make good decisions for self care.

Our experience over many years of intervention work has proven that a surprise “in your face” ultimatum driven confrontation does not promote long-term recovery.

Our process gets successful results because we remove the element of force and deception from the intervention process. When force and deception are used to persuade a person to accept help the natural response is defensiveness and rebellion. By removing the element of force and deception  from the start and replacing it with dignity, your loved one is encouraged to “own” his or her problem and join the team (family) in choosing a solution.

We focus on transparency, reality, dignity, choice making, and self care as the motivating and driving forces of intervention.  Leverage is used in the spirit of self care as opposed to punishment or coercion. This is a delicate process that we have perfected over many years of doing intervention work.

When you love someone enough to confront the reality of addiction as you see it and commit to no longer support the disease through enabling behaviors the disease has been disarmed and the hope of recovery is realized.

Most all of the time the addicted person chooses to go to treatment at the time of the Intervention Workshop. But when they do not go to treatment immediately or choose to leave treatment early, we empower our intervention team members to maintain healthy boundaries that will always promote lasting change for everyone involved.

It is not difficult to persuade someone to do that which he is longing to do.  At Scottsdale Intervention our fundamental operating belief is that even when an addicted person acts as if they do not want help or want to change, there exists a wounded and lonely person inside who longs to break out, heal, and change. We know that “hurt people hurt people”.  And we are relentless in our love and determination to create healthy change for you and your family.

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Family Facilitated with Professional Assistance Intervention

This assisted intervention approach is unique to Scottsdale Intervention. Over the years, we have found that some intervention teams are well suited to facilitate a family intervention meeting “on their own” when they are educated, coached, and prepared by a professional interventionist. This is not the best method for most families because often this approach has already been tried and failed; but in situations where the intervention team holds a great deal of leverage and has strength and unity under a well-respected team leader, this approach is quite effective. Your interventionist will help you determine if this is a good approach for you.

We provide Intervention services for:

  • Addiction
  • Alcoholism
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Adult ADD / ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency & Enabling
  • Depression
  • Drug Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Failure to Launch Adults
  • Love Addiction
  • Medical Illness
  • Mental Illness
  • Nicotine Addiction
  • Internet Gaming / Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Sex Addiction / Partners of Sex Addiction
  • Work Addiction

How much does it cost?

At Scottsdale Intervention, we keep the cost of intervention services as affordable as we can – while still allowing us to maintain our high professional standards.

When you pay us for an intervention you are not paying so much for our time (although that is a consideration), but for our skill and knowledge of addiction, mental / behavioral health, family systems and dynamics, treatment programs nationally and internationally, and our professional education, training, certification, and licensure.

  • The cost of our Professional Intervention Workshop is a flat fee of $4500 for an intervention local to the Scottsdale, Arizona area, and $7500 for a distant intervention.
  • The cost of the Family Facilitated with Professional Assistance Intervention is a flat fee of $3000.
  • Travel expenses, if necessary for interventions held outside the Scottsdale area, are charged in addition to the intervention fee.
  • Insurance does not cover the cost of intervention, but may cover the cost of treatment.

How much time will it take?

Intervention can occur in as quickly as 24 hours if your needs are urgent. But we prefer to take more time than that when possible. The key to a successful intervention is a well-prepared intervention team.  But we are also sensitive to the busy lives you live and the taxing emotion involved in intervention.  So we like to complete our intervention process in as few as 3 days and as much as 1 week from initial consultation to intervention day.

A Brief Description of the Process:

When possible we like to schedule an in person initial consultation.  During this 90 minute meeting you will interview your interventionist and get answers to your questions, and we complete an assessment of your situation.  Together we will decide if an intervention is right for you. This initial meeting can be held at our office in Scottsdale AZ or on the phone, or both, to include all family members and friends who are dedicated to helping your loved one.  $500 is charged for this consultation and applied to the intervention fee later.

Next, we schedule your Intervention Workshop.  This is a one day workshop that lasts approximately 4 to 6 hours.

In addition to these face-to-face meetings, we spend quite a bit of time on the phone and emailing you and other members of your team as we prepare for the intervention workshop. We help you choose the best treatment program, taking into account the clinical needs of your loved one and the financial resources available. Treatment costs and clinical needs vary considerably, and it is our job to match your loved one with the right treatment experience. We are experts at this!

Making the decision to intervene is complex and typically requires some research.

Please call 480.588.5430 or email us and we will be happy to discuss the intervention process in detail with you and answer questions unique to your situation.