For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.                                                  Jeremiah 29:11

Richard Dover Carmi Dover


Richard and Carmi Dover

Richard and Carmi have worked with individuals with addiction and many other issues with a combined total of 34 years. Some of the areas of ministry they have been involved in is small groups, jail & prison ministry, police chaplaincy, youth ministry, evangelism, intercessory prayer, lay and pastoral counseling, mission trips, and clean & sober discipleship ministry.


They have been doing interventions on the streets for years.


Richard is currently the Executie Director for Fairhaven House, a clean & sober housing and discipleship program, and Radio Host for There is Hope Radio.

Addiction Intervention


What is an Addiction Intervention?
An Intervention is when a group of people obtain an intervention specialist to assist them in helping a loved one to get help for their addiction. In most cases the addiction has gone so far that there is the need for the loved one to go into intensive or in-patient treatment. Out-patient treatment will not be effective. In fact the loved one may have even tried out-patient treatment yet they are still actively involved in their addiction.
The reason that an intervention specialist becomes involved is because in the past the concerned parties have tried to get the loved one into treatment but the loved one has refused. The concerned parties are at their wits end. They many times feel hopeless, throw up their hands, and finally seek help from someone who has been able to get addicts into treatment.


What Type of Addictions?

Most people think of alcohol and drugs when they think of interventions. However, we believe that there can be interventions for all types of addictions, including:

Alcohol, Compulsive Shopping, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Hoarding, Pornography, Sexual, and More.


We believe there is hope for a loved one to be set free from any type of addiction. You don't have much hope, that is OK. Please read on.


Give HopeIs There Hope?
To be honest the answer is yes and no. The truth is there are more people who have addictions than those who are getting help for their addiction. The truth is many are never going to get help for their addiction. The truth is that many who do get help for their addiction end up going back to their addiction.


However, saying the above, we still believe there is hope. There are individuals who do get set free from addictions. They not only get set free from addictions but they live productive lives and are totally different people than when they were living in their addiction. For some this change has taken place in spite of the fact that there was not an intervention (by man) in their life.


Rich and Carmi believe it is their vocation (calling) to reach out and give hope to save lives from addiction. You don't have hope right now? That is OK. There is a couple who will do what they can to instill hope in you and your loved one.


Addiction Intervention Specialist

For an intervention to start there is the need for an Addiction Intervention Specialist. Here are some key factors you should look for in an Intervention Specialist:

  • How much value do they place on the value of a person? Are they willing to stand in the gap for you and your loved one?
  • What is their passion? Is it to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals or to make money. Does expenses and money keep coming up in their conversation? Or do you hear a heart of compassion and you get a sense that the money is secondary?
  • Does it seem they are stuck on one type of intervention modality or does it seem that they are eclectic in their approach. Eclectic means they are willing to find what works best with your situation.
  • Are they willing to work with you and the addict through the entire process including the after-care?
  • Do they have a team approach? They are willing to work with the detox facility, treatment center, counselors?

God's InterventionWho Initiates an Intervention?
This is one of the areas where Richard & Carmi are unique than most interventionists. This is why they believe there is hope for those that they work with in regards to an intervention. It is not you, the loved, one or the interventionist that initiates the intervention. It is God.

We believe it is God who puts it on the heart of others for an Addiction Intervention to take place. If God is the one initiating an Intervention, then it must be His desire for the loved one to be set free from their addiction. That means He will put people, places, things in place for the loved one to be able to overcome their addiction.


So is there something in your heart that in spite of all that has gone on you still have a glimpse of hope that your loved one can change? Can you accept the fact that maybe it is God, or a higher power, that has put the hope in you?


You may not be a Christian. You may not be a religious person, or a person of faith. That is OK. Can you acknowledge that everything else you have tried has not worked? Or you willing to try something different in regards to helping your loved one to be free from addiction. We are not asking you to become a person of faith. Maybe you and/or your loved one are even atheists or agnostics. That is OK. Will you still join us in the journey of helping your loved one to become a person free from addiction? How about you combining your love and hope for your loved one with our faith and see what happens.


Joining togetherAfter we put a higher power into the equation, we then join forces with various people that have a relationship with the addict. It may be spouse, older children, siblings, other relatives, good friends, employer, pastor-anyone who has some potential influence upon the addict. We also include individuals who will pray during the intervention (behind the scenes). Normally there are 4-5 people involved directly with the intervention.


Intensive or In-Patient Treatment
After the Addiction Intervention, it is time for the addict to receive treatment. Out-patient treatment should not beCounseling seen as an option (If an intervention had to be done the addict is in too much denial, resistant for out-patient treatment to work. Of course, if the intervention was not effective then out-patient may be the only viable option.)


Richard and Carmi have a unique approach compared to some interventionists concerning Intensive Treatment. They strongly believe that the treatment facility must have a whole-person approach in regards to treatment. This means dealing with all aspects of the addict's life: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual. The loved ones addiction has affected their body, how they think, how they feel, how they interact with others, how they see their higher power. If all of these areas are not addressed there is a good chance that the addict will relapse when they get out of treatment.


After CareAfter Care
This is a very unique part of the Addiction Intervention that gets missed many times by interventionists. Once the addict has gone into treatment and graduated, many interventionists have collected their money and long gone. In fact most likely they were paid even before the treatment is completed and they consider their job is done. That is not the case with Richard and Carmi. They believe their role is to continue to work with addict for as long as the now ex-addict wants them to be there to help them in the journey of recovery.


The real work happens after treatment. That is when the real struggle can occur at times. There is not the safety of the treatment center. This is why Richard and Carmi work closely with the Treatment Center to come up with an After Care Plan that will be effective for the ex-addict. (We believe that once a person makes the decision to no longer live and be an addict, are taking steps to walk in freedom from addiction, are changing the way they think, feel, relate, etc. they should be seen as a person who had an addiction, no longer a person who is an addict. We do not believe, 'once an addict always an addict'. However, we do believe a person always has the capability to go back into addiction so they need to stay humble no matter how many years of recovery they may have built up.)


Intervention NowThe Next Step
So what is the next step? Give us a call, send us an e-mail with your questions. You still have doubt if there is any hope for your loved one. That is OK. Give us a call any ways. Let's talk about your situation. We are sure if nothing else you most likely need a listening ear. We know, you are wondering how much is it going to cost? Who knows. Let's talk so we can come up with a unique Intervention Plan that will be successful and affordable.


Cost of an Intervention?

There are a variety of factors that determine how much an intervention may cost. Some of the factors are where does the interventionist live compared to where the intervention will take place; how many people will be involved in the intervention; how challenging the intervention will be; how long the interventionist stays connected with the overall treatment process; is the interventionist doing interventions as a ministry or as way to make a large income; how 'famous' the interventionist may be.


Considering all of the above factors, an intervention can normally be from $1,500 to $5,000. There are some interventionist that work with sliding scales. Almost all interventionist charge a set fee for an intervention even if it is not successful.


To find out what Christian Intervention charges, give us a call toll-free, 1-866-926-8463, or fill out our on-line contact form. Don't let the above figures stop you from contacting us. We do our very best to make our interventions affordable. We never want finances to be an obstacle to someone being set free from an addiction.