Licensed Interventionist in California: Professional Family Services 

How A Professional Intervention Works

Watching someone struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues is difficult. Getting them to take the steps toward treatment can be almost impossible. Too often, families attempt to tackle this dilemma on their own and are disappointed at the results.  

When led by a professional interventionist, 90% of interventions are successful

An experienced interventionist will work with directly with your family on strategy. The plan will include training for family members on how to address the situation. Experience is also a key factor in helping to create an inviting environment to talk about the benefits of change. Your interventionist provides education, support, and encouragement to everyone involved.

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Brief History

Dr. Stanger has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, BBS #4581) for over 35 years, and specializes in substance abuse disorders, process addictions, mental health disorders, sudden death, trauma, grief and loss.

Family Intervention Options

Families are an integral part of a successful intervention and recovery program. A licensed interventionist works directly with families and accountability team members to strengthen their role in both processes. 

Families will often receive education, coaching, and help with understanding  addiction and healthy lifestyles.

It is critical that everyone involved agrees with the intervention process and approach of the interventionist.  

Selecting the Right Interventionist


Finding the right person to guide your family through an intervention is essential. Families must find someone is licensed but also one who resonates with them and has experience in leading successful interventions. Dr. Stanger offers a unique approach that she calls a Unified Intervention Strategy.  Through this process, she guarantees that everyone participating will better understand addiction and mental health disorders. It is her goal that the intervention will lead you and your loved one in making a difference toward happier, healthier lives. 


Treatment Options in Southern California

Southern California has more per-capita rehabilitation centers than anywhere else in the. With moderate temperatures, gorgeous scenery and a laid back atmosphere, the region is primed for promoting healthy lifestyles.  Southern California also has a large population of people, thereby increasing the overall numbers of illicit drugs and mental health issues. Dr. Stanger has spent years working in this area, building relationships within the various communities and treatment centers that provide help to those battling addiction. 

Here is a list of some of the communities Dr. Stanger serves in Southern California. Click below to learn more about these areas. 

Los Angeles (LA)

Los Angeles is the 2nd most populated city in the United States, with approximately 13.1 million residents.  The city has a large and diverse community, many whom struggle with various substance abuse and mental health issues. Thankfully the city hosts a large number of well-known treatment and detox programs found in various facilities throughout the area.


Malibu is just west of LA, with some of the world’s most gorgeous beach views. It’s home to many rich and famous people, especially those in the entertainment industry. It’s also a well-known place for luxury treatment facilities who specialize in privacy and discretion. 

San Diego

San Diego sits on the coast of California and is the 8th largest city in the US. Given its size and proximity to Mexico (a mere 17 miles away), it is unsurprising that San Diego also has a wide availability to illicit drugs. Thankfully, the city is well known for its recovery-friendly atmosphere as well, with a large number of treatment centers in the area.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is well known for its luxury lifestyle. Many celebrities live here, and it’s home to some of the most famous shopping in the world. However, the city also shares in the struggles of substance abuse and mental health disorders among its residents. Because of this, the area has a number of well-known rehab facilities and treatment programs.

West Hollywood

West Hollywood, sometimes referenced as WeHo, is a city in LA near both Beverly Hills and Hollywood Hills. The area is very dense and contains some of the more iconic landmarks of California. It also provides some of the state’s best treatment programs for those fighting addiction of mental health disorders.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is on the Southwest coast of California, just north of LA. The city is a popular tourist and resort destination, but also has strong economy based on technology, healthcare and education. Rates for prescription opioid use continue to climb in this area, and many residents are facing addiction issues. 

Palm Springs

Palm Springs sits about 100 miles away from LA, and is well-loved for its resort town atmosphere. The community offers a large number of golf and tennis clubs, as well as plenty of biking and hiking opportunities. While Palm Springs caters to an older crowd of residents, it is near the increasingly popular Coachella Valley, which currently has the highest rates of opioid addiction in the county. Palm Springs has a number of well-respected treatment centers nearby, including a Betty Ford Center


Ventura is Northwest of LA, and sits along California’s coast. It’s a popular destination, even for California residents thanks to an abundance of outdoor activities. It has a reputation of being both affluent and laid back. Unfortunately, Ventura also has high levels of addiction rates, with opioid related deaths exceeding state levels.  As a result, there are a number of in-patient and out-patient addiction centers available for residents and non-residents alike.