Action Transforms Dreams Into Reality

iStock_000015534683_SmallOftentimes the most difficult aspect of the drug treatment and recovery process is getting the addict who is struggling into treatment itself.  The addict mindset is one of heavy denial and there may have been previous failed attempts to convince the addict that treatment would be in their best interest. A tool that can be used to provide the spark needed to get an addict the treatment and help they need is through an intervention. Interventions can help push those who are reluctant to seek treatment into those essential programs that can help them recover.

What is an Intervention?

An intervention is a carefully orchestrated process that involves family, friends and others who are concerned about the welfare of the struggling addict.  As stated earlier, people who struggle with addiction oftentimes are in denial regarding their situation and are often unwilling or unable to seek help or treatment on their own. Additionally, the addict is not aware of the negative consequences their behavior has on themselves and others. Interventions are highly structured and allow family and loved ones to come together in order to confront the addict about the consequences of their addiction and ultimately ask them to accept treatment.

Interventions serve three important purposes. First, the intervention allows family, friends and loved ones to provide specific examples of how the addict’s behaviors are destructive and how they negatively impact them as well as those who love them. Secondly, interventions offer a pre-arranged treatment plan with clearly demarcated steps, goals and guidelines and the addict is given the opportunity to accept this plan in a safe and supportive environment. In the event that the addict refuses the offer of treatment, the intervention process allows those closest to the addict to lay out the consequences that will occur when he or she refuses treatment.

What are the Steps of an Intervention?

In order for an intervention to be truly effective, it is highly recommended that the family meets with an intervention specialist or an addiction professional such as a drug and alcohol counselor, social worker or psychologist. Having professional guidance during this process is crucial, especially if the addict has a history of failed attempts at treatment, a history of violence, underlying mental health issues, or is currently under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The intervention process need to be carefully planned and thought out and it comprises of several important steps which are the following:

This many brains will make quite a stormPlanning

The intervention process begins when a family member or friend proposes the intervention and forms a planning group. As stated previously, it is best that the family consults with an intervention professional (interventionist), a qualified professional counselor or a social worker when planning an intervention. An intervention is a highly charged situation and has the potential to cause anger, resentment or a sense of betrayal. If there are concerns that the intervention may trigger anger or violent behavior, consulting an intervention professional is necessary before moving forward.

iStock_000027779374_SmallGathering Information

The planning group find out about the extent of the loved one’s problem and researches the condition as well as viable treatment options. The group may make arrangements to enroll the loved one in a specific treatment program.

Meeting Of Support GroupForming the Intervention Team

The planning group forms a team that will personally participate in the intervention. Team members set a date and location and work together to present a consistent, rehearsed message and a structured treatment plan. It is important those who are planning and speaking at the intervention meeting don’t reveal any details to the addict of what they are doing until the day of the meeting.

This many brains will make quite a stormDeciding on Specific Consequences

In order to prepare in the event the addicted family member doesn’t accept treatment, each person on the intervention team needs to decide what action he or she will take. Examples include asking your loved one to move out or taking away contact with children.

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iStock_000000260514_SmallWriting Down What Needs to be Said

Each member of the intervention team should detail specific incidents where the addiction has resulted in problems, such as emotional or financial issues. The goal here is to present these specific situations in a way that is firm but expressing both care and concern.

iStock_000038347296_SmallThe Intervention Meeting

Without revealing the reason, the loved one is asked to the intervention site. Once they are at the location, members of the core intervention team then take turns expressing their concerns and feelings. The loved one is presented with a treatment option and asked to accept that option on the spot. Each team member will say what specific changes they will make if the addicted person doesn’t accept the plan.

Following Up

If the addicted loved one accepts treatment, there is a follow-up process which involves the spouse, family members or others that were part of the intervention process. The involvement of these key people in the addict’s life is critical in helping them stay in treatment and avoid relapsing. This can include changing patterns of everyday living to make it easier to avoid destructive behavior, offering to participate in counseling with your loved one, seeking your own therapist and recovery support, and knowing what to do if the addicts relapses back into their addictive behaviors.

Is An Intervention Needed for Your Loved One? Contact Dream Center for Recovery

Family will always be thereWatching a loved one struggle with addiction causes great stress and pain for both family and friends. While you want to help them get the help they desperately need, attempting to help them on your own could make their situation worse. If you are deciding whether an intervention is right for your loved one, Dream Center for Recovery will provide an experienced, highly trained interventionist that will work directly with you to facilitate the entire intervention process—from planning and implementation as well as arrival into treatment within hours of the intervention.

For further questions and information about our intervention services and our wide range of drug and alcohol treatment services, call Dream Center for Recovery today at 1-877-406-6623. Help make recovery a reality for your loved today.

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