The Intervention Process for Addiction Treatment
Interventions are not to be confused with therapy or treatment for addiction. Friends and family members of addicted individuals will utilize interventions to help their loved one acknowledge that he or she has a problem that needs to be addressed. It is not an attack on the person suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, but rather it is a caring and compassionate conversation with the goal of breaking down the walls of denial and encouraging the addict to seek treatment. It is a collaborative process by nature.
Family interventions happen when a substance abuser’s loved ones form an alliance and approach the addicted person. Family members usually decide to plan an intervention once they realize that the substance abuser has a problem.
Denial is usually part of the process of addiction, and while those close to an addict are affected by the changes which the addiction has made in the social, personal and financial status of the addict, the addict is not able to admit to these changes. Interventions work by having a team of concerned family members, colleagues, and professionals approach the addict in a home or similar familiar situation and help the addict to realize that he or she must seek therapy. The members of the intervention team will make it clear to the addict that they are very willing to provide any kind of necessary support so long as the addict does his or her part in seeking treatment. It’s important to note that those conducting the intervention cannot force their loved one to do something he or she is not comfortable with; if he or she is not ready to enter an alcohol or drug recovery program, then that decision must be respected. Pushing the addict into treatment may result in bitterness and resentment, or complete abandonment of the concerned family members and friends.
How Drug Interventions Work
To succeed, an intervention must make an addict aware that he or she has a severe problem and that immediate treatment is the only option that will allow the addict to retain normal relations with the people that he or she is closest to or depends upon. A professional, usually a psychologist or other licensed counselor with experience in addiction treatment interventions, must be consulted at the very beginning of the intervention planning process. Those closest to the addict should be very open with the intervention professional, so that the professional can plan the exact form in which the message needs to be presented. The professional should also be apprised of the relationship of each potential member of the intervention team to the addict. This helps the intervention specialist decide each member’s role in the intervention process, and the professional may suggest replacing or omitting possible members of the team for various reasons.
If you need to stage an intervention for a loved one, we can help you find a professional who has had experience leading successful interventions that have led addicts to seek treatment which brought about an end to their addiction issues. Please call our 24-hour help line at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? or please fill out our contact form so that we can help you find a professional to lead your intervention and make sure that it produces the proper results.
Setting Up A Drug Addiction Intervention
Confidentiality is very important when it comes to interventions. The patient should not have any possible way of finding out that an intervention is going to occur or that any intervention is being planned. Even though staging an intervention in a patient’s own residence may be the only way to ensure that the patient appears at the event, the patient should not know that an intervention has been planned until all members of the intervention team have arrived. If this means relying on a patient, who has become extremely irresponsible in general, to show up at another location, a professional can provide advice as to how to ensure that the addict does indeed attend the intervention.
In addition, interventions should be carefully planned in advance. Professional leaders of interventions usually suggest that all participants write down or otherwise record everything they plan to say at the intervention. More importantly, they advise intervention teams to decide on goals before the actual intervention. If a family member has researched a particular treatment option, arrangements should be made to begin with that option as soon as the addict expresses willingness to start treatment. Television shows that depict a confessed addict being whisked away to a treatment center are actually quite realistic; a comfortable car should be waiting outside to take the patient to a residential rehabilitation clinic if this is indeed the planned final goal of the intervention.
Interventions succeed in helping addicts when they are well-planned and everyone works toward common goals. Please call us at 1-888-439-3435 Who Answers? or fill out our confidential contact form so that we can help you find a professional who has the right experience with interventions that will convince your loved one or colleague to immediately seek out the right addiction treatment.