Drug Intervention and
Hopeful Addiction Counseling in Spokane, WA

Joe Terhaar

Educator, Trainer, Expert

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies
  • NIDA Funded Researcher in Family Intervention
  • Nationally Recognized Trainer in Addictions
  • Nationally Published Author in Addictions
  • Court Expert Witness in Addictions


  • Master Addiction Counselor (NCC-AP: 509960)
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH00005453)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LF00001053)
  • Certified Interventional Professional (I-0188)
  • Full Member: Association of Intervention Specialists

Host of the national radio show: Overcoming Addiction: Hope with Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment on Voice America Radio

Order the DVD, “Why People Use Drugs and How to Help Them Quit

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As a Master’s Level Counselor, providing ‘The Original Family-Centered Addiction Recovery Process℠’ Joe Terhaar is a nationally recognized expert in family intervention and family addiction recovery.

Dr. Terhaar is a nationally recognized expert in family intervention

Always insist on a Certified Intervention Professional

Philosophy of Helping A Loved-One Into Treatment

In Most Cases, An Ambush Intervention is not necessary and counterproductive!

Always respectful and caring, we use 15 strategies of intervention, matching the approach to what the family and drug user (gambler, eater, etc.) need. Do not risk an ambush intervention when one is not needed. We tailor the strategy to the needs of the family and the loved-one with the guidance of nationally recognized professional standards of care and research. Check Joe Terhaar’s qualifications and see that he is the regional (nationally recognized) expert in family intervention.

Family Recovery Program

There are three components of the family addiction recovery program:  1. Family Therapy Sessions Each person in the family, and the family as a whole, receives the support to develop new and healthier ways of living and growing together. This is not family education, it is family therapy that is affirming and positive for each …

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Treatment Philosophy

Philosophy of Helping A Loved-One Into Treatment Early: The idea of the family taking the initiative to intervene in a loved-one’s alcohol/drug use (or other compulsive and self-destructive behavior) was first developed in the 1970s by Dr. Vernon Johnson. Similar to techniques used by large companies helping employees get into treatment, he framed his strategy …

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