Shari A. Ferguson, CIP, a Southern California native and intervention specialist founded Inspire Interventions when she decided to devote all of her time to helping families find affordable, appropriate treatment solutions to meet their loved one’s individual needs. She has worked in the addiction industry helping families and people struggling with addiction find recovery for over 11 years in varying capacities. It was while working in the admissions department for one of the top treatment centers in the country that she fell in love with helping addicts and their families. She considers it a gift to be able to help families and their loved one make one of the most important and scariest changes in their lives. It does not need to get worse before getting the guidance needed to help you and your family member.
Shari, a University of Washington graduate, is a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP). She trained with Judith Landau MD, BRI-II in the ARISE® Intervention Model, with John Southworth and Ken Seeley, Intervention 911 in the Johnson Model, with Jane Mintz MA, LPC, BCPC, BRI-II in the Field Model and with Brad Lamm in the Break Free Intervention Method. She is a member of AIS (Association of Intervention Specialists). Prior to entering the world of addiction, Shari attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts London, England summer program. Realizing the life of a starving actress was not for her she went on to obtained her series 7 and work for 10 years in the finance industry selling 401(k)s, modified endowment contracts and employee benefits.
Shari understands this issue from both sides – as someone who, in 2003, struggled with depression and addiction on whom her family intervened, and as someone, who with the help of an intervention specialist facilitated an intervention on an individual she loved in crisis. Neither position was an easy one to be in and she is grateful for the help of an intervention specialist in both cases. You can too.
Not only does an intervention specialist help those you love find recovery, with guidance your whole family can begin to heal, reconnect and communicate in a healthy way. Shari brings understanding, compassion and first hand experience to the process. It is because of her own experience that she is dedicated to passing on the gift of recovery. Interventions work.