Based in Wisconsin, interventionist Angela Utschig is the founder and owner of Wisconsin Intervention Services (WIS), an organization specializing in interventions throughout the country. Utschig is a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) and trauma counselor and also provides dual diagnosis care. WIS provides services for adults struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, but the company also believes addiction is a family disease and therefore offers family recovery services as well.
Utschig holds a BS in Psychology, a Master’s-level certification in Trauma Counseling, a Master’s-level in addiction coursework, conducts Motivational Interviewing (MI) for substance abuse and dual diagnoses and participates in sexual assault advocacy work. Her experience is rooted in a long personal history with addiction. As a teenager, Utschig struggled with substance abuse and is also a survivor of childhood trauma and abuse. Having achieved sobriety through extensive residential treatment programs, shelter care and group homes, her gratitude for those who helped her recover led to her providing interventions and helping others achieve sobriety. Utschig’s credentials combined with her personal experience contribute to a compassionate and understanding approach to treatment.
Utschig utilizes the ARISE method of intervention and always creates an individualized plan that best suits each client’s specific needs. As each family situation is different, she caters the process to the family’s as well as the client’s needs. Once a concerned party reaches out to WIS, Utschig gathers all pertinent information about the client. Usually the intervention is rehearsed beforehand and each family member or friend who participates in the intervention is coached and assisted in writing their message to the client.
Utschig emphasizes that the overall message is one of love, hope and compassion. The ultimate goal is to get the client into treatment (usually inpatient) followed by aftercare which is provided for the family and the client to increase education, promote healing and prevent relapse. Utschig promotes 12-step recovery, including Alanon for family members.
Post-Intervention & Summary
For Utschig, the intervention process is the first step towards healing not just the client, but the entire family system. Utschig’s family has also struggled with addiction and their group healing was imperative to her own recovery. Through ongoing, long-term counseling, contact and care, Utschig helps the client and family heal, recover and thrive.
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