What is Intervention?
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It’s very difficult to look on as a family member, friend, or loved one struggle and suffer with endless cycle of pain and misery due to their drug and alcohol abuse. The first impulse is to want to help this family member, loved one, or friend try to get healthy, however these efforts usually fail and end up making it much easier for the user to continue abusing drugs or alcohol. Members of the family, friends, and loved ones of an addict end up figuring out that they’re enabling, not helping, and we recommend that during these cases it’s best to host an intervention for the addict in hopes that she or he will agree to treatment.
An intervention is the best and most successful approach for getting an addict into a rehabilitation (rehab) treatment program. As an example, getting a drug addict to go to a program. It’s a therapy technique that appeals to the drug or alcohol user to take part in rehab. An interventionist, the addict, as well as their friends, family members and loved ones are all key elements to an intervention. An intervention is most often used because the addict is unresponsive to pleas, unwilling to get help, or is ignorant of their problem.
Intervention is the most powerful tool to help with healing
An intervention is a counseling approach that appeals to a drug or alcohol abuser to participate in a rehab treatment program. It is a carefully planned event that enables family members help an addicted loved one to start their recovery process. The purpose of an intervention is to help substance abusers acknowledge that they have a problem, that they need help, and that there is help available. Interventions include the addict, members of the family, friends, and loved ones of the addict, and is guided through an interventionist. Typically, these addicts are unresponsive to pleas, unwilling to participate in rehab, or are in denial about their addiction. An addict may or may not recognize about the intervention ahead of time, a decision left to family members, friends, and the interventionist. An intervention is a tool that gets an addict from a place of denial or unwillingness, to a mentality where they are prepared to get treatment. Intervention is a highly effective method, and a step in the best direction.
During an intervention, an addict’s family and friends attempt to persuade the addict to enter into a rehabilitation treatment program (rehab), so that they may be able to receive treatment and fight addiction. The treatment facility is where the recovery process begins. An intervention isn’t treatment. During treatment, the addict comes to face the facts of their addiction, and learns about the disease. Additionally, they are taught the tools and methods to control their addiction and behavior, together with learning the best way to maintain long term sobriety. Three things should be accomplished during the intervention: Family members should give specific examples of how the person's addiction and destructive behavior is affecting family and friends; family members should offer a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps and guidelines; and each family member should explain what or how he or she will respond if the person with an addiction refuses to accept treatment. Treatment is the end game. For suggestions or assistance to plan an intervention for a loved one in the Philadelphia area, contact us at 916-249-2665.
An effective team makes for an effective intervention
An interventionist is a trained professional who plans and supervises the intervention. We strongly recommend using a qualified, approved interventionist for the best outcome if they plan to host an intervention for their friend or loved one. Friends and family make unsuccessful interventionists, however not because they don’t care for the addict. They tend to be too affected by the situation and their feelings, thoughts, and emotions complicate things. An interventionist will often direct friends and family members to compose letters or notes to be read aloud to the addict, including encouragement to participate in treatment, emotional pleas, or even ultimatums referring to rehab and sobriety. Interventionists are an objective third party; however, they need to be excellent communicators and an expert in regards to the disease. Interventionists are generally addicts in recovery, which permits them to convey an outside point of view to the conversation.
Having experience with the disease of addiction is very important, and plenty of interventionists are actually addicts in recovery. As a result of their unique position, they use a familiar language for both the addict and the addict’s friends and family, and can effectively communicate with each party. It is only natural to feel unsure or worried about confronting a loved one, and you will have questions about whether you can, or when would be the ideal time. Here are some suggestions to help anyone planning and holding an intervention: Create the intervention group; research addiction; make a detailed plan; rehearse and hold the intervention. The Association of Intervention Specialists is a reliable certification for an interventionist to possess, and we suggest using their certified interventionists. To locate an interventionist or to speak with someone regarding interventions, call to get in touch with one of our trained specialists, at 916-249-2665.
Exploring treatment Paths
Outpatient treatment is part-time, usually between 10 to 12 hours a week, meaning that the recovering user comes to the facility, but they do not stay in the facility. These programs usually run between three months to one year. Ultimately, outpatient treatment is right for those who have more mild addictions.
Inpatient treatment means the person stays at a facility for a period of time - usually between three weeks and six months. While staying at the facility, they undergo intensive treatment. Inpatient treatment has a higher success rate than outpatient treatment, but it is also more expensive. Further, inpatient treatment interrupts daily life. Ultimately, inpatient treatment is especially effective for those who have undergone serious addictions.
Residential treatment means that patients live in a residence with other patients. Treatment staff transport the patients to the treatment center each day. In this way, they experience the benefits of both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Residential treatment is best for those who want to keep their treatment and living areas separate, but they still want to separate themselves from their toxic environments.