Located in Los Angeles, California and founded by Earl Hightower, a nationally recognized interventionist and motivational speaker, Hightower Services encompasses a network of companies. These include Hightower Intervention Services, Recovery Companion Services, Recovery Monitoring Services, Lucky Rose Publishing and Hightower Consulting Services, all designated to help alcoholics, addicts and their families. Hightower, who has been sober for over 34 years, is also the co-founder of Abstinence-Based Treatment Alliance, an organization whose mission is to share about the value of abstinence and prevention when addressing chemical addiction.
Besides Hightower, Hightower Intervention Services includes Jim Earnhardt who is a Master’s-level clinical psychologist, and Brodie Seagrave, a Master’s-level alcohol and drug counselor and interventionist. At Hightower Associates, their mission is to help alcoholics and addicts transition from suffering from the disease of addiction to finding effective primary care, as well as to help their families during the process.
Hightower, who founded the company over 30 years ago, is a recovering alcoholic who sought help after he lost his entire family in a plane crash. He became an interventionist and found that his service work has allowed him to find personal freedom. He sports an impressive list of credentials, which include Certified Intervention Professional, Board Registered Interventionist Level II, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and member of the Association of Intervention Professionals. He has conducted over 2,500 interventions.
At Hightower Associates, the creed is that intervention should be a process, not a startling event. After a comprehensive assessment, the procedure is undergone in three phases. The first phase includes finding the right participants for the intervention and coordinating the appropriate time and place to ensure that the client shows up.
Family members are provided with drug rehab recommendations ahead of time. Contact is made to various residential treatment facilities, and staff coordinates with the clinical team at the drug rehab to ensure that the client will receive proper and efficient admission care. At Hightower Associates, the belief that the Minnesota Model is the most effective form of treatment, and clients are typically placed in 12-step based residential treatment facilities.
The second phase includes preparing family and friends, reviewing the letters of loved ones for the clients and working with the group, telling them what their roles are in the intervention process and clarifying any concerns. Finally, the intervention occurs at a predetermined time and place. If the client doesn’t appear or something goes wrong, the plans are rescheduled. If the intervention goes smoothly, the client is admitted into residential treatment.
Post-Intervention and Summary
Hightower Associates works with families for at least a year. The company provides aftercare and helps families find support in 12-step groups, including Alanon. In 2014, West Huddleston, the CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professional, and actor Martin Sheen inducted Earl Hightower into the Drug Court of Fame.
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