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Interventions are one of the most effective methods for getting addicts into rehabilitation (rehab) treatment programs. There may be someone in your life who you believe is addicted to drugs or alcohol, somebody who is different than they were as a result of their drug or alcohol dependence. An intervention is an important and useful way to help him or her enter into recovery. It can be painful to watch a loved one struggle through the cycle of addiction.
You may be asking yourself, “How can I help my friend get sober?” or “What part will I play in helping my loved one find recovery?” Family members and friends care greatly about their loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol; they likely are becoming worn down from saying ‘no’ all the time. You cannot be frightened of confrontation: fear cannot prevent you from taking action now. Call us today for a free consultation at (425) 243-0457. Our addiction specialist can provide detailed information about interventions and how to organize one.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention is a highly effective event that convinces an addict to go into treatment for their substance abuse issues. Family members, friends, loved ones and other supporters of the individual gather together and confront the individual about how his or her drug use has affected them and ask the addict to seek treatment for his illness. Many times the addict will either deny that there is a problem or be unwilling to seek help. The purpose of recovery intervention is to give the individual an opportunity to make positive changes in his or her life, and possibly save their life. There are some key subjects that must be discussed during an intervention, including:
- The addict’s unhealthy behavior, how it has affected the addict and his or her loved ones
- The plan for therapy, including objectives and guidelines that the addict is expected to follow
- What every person is planning to do if the addict is does not go into some kind of treatment program
Generally, there are four different kinds of interventions: simple, crisis, classical and family system.
- A simple intervention may be requesting that the addict stop his or her behavior; this type of intervention should always be done before other, more complex intervention methods are attempted.
- A crisis intervention is used in extremely dangerous, risky situations, such as reckless driving, violence or severe dependency.
- The goal of classical intervention is to convince the addict to go into treatment in that exact moment.
- The family system intervention focuses on the complete family and because dysfunctional living environments develop circumstances of codependency and domestic violence, it is often necessary that all concerned agree to modification of their behaviors.
What’s the Difference Between an Intervention and Treatment?
It is critical to understand the difference between intervention and treatment, and also to consider that both are often needed for a successful recovery. We understand that interventions are meant to convince the addict to agree to enter a drug and alcohol treatment program and that they are put together by his or her friends and family members — those who care most for him or her. It is important to understand also that intervention is NOT the same as a treatment program and intervention alone will not be enough to convince the addict to stop using drugs or alcohol. We know that for the most successful results, the individual must learn about the illness of substance abuse, how he or she can sustain long-erm recovery and what triggers he or she must be aware of and avoid. For the best chance of achieving sobriety, Addiction Drug Center believes that an addict is convinced to agree to enter rehabilitation directly after an intervention.
For Help Today, Call Hope Addiction Treatment Services!
There isn’t anything more upsetting or troubling than watching a family member or loved one suffer with drug or alcohol addiction. Sometimes, detoxification rehabilitation can be as easy as asking the person to stop his or her behavior, but generally, it requires an organized, structured effort by family and friends. To talk to an interventionist, locate a drug and alcohol treatment facility, or discuss addiction in general, contact Hope Addiction Treatment Services. To get a family member or friend the assistance they so urgently need, call (425) 243-0457 today.