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Addiction does not only affect the person abusing drugs or alcohol - addiction also affects concerned family members and friends. These loved ones can often see the truth that substance abusers cannot: loved ones see that substance abusers need help, and that there is help available for them. Staging an intervention is the one of most effective strategies to motivate an addict into rehab (rehabilitation treatment programs). You might be worried about someone in your life who has become drastically different as a result of substance addiction, and we may be the answer that will help them find the help they need. Addiction is a harrowing experience for both the addict and the addict’s friends and family. You could be asking yourself, “How can I help my loved one get healthy once again?” and “What is my role in getting my family member drug abuse help?” Friends and family members care a lot for those who are affected by drug addiction. Prolonged drug abuse diminishes even the strongest family bonds. Family members have to say ‘no’ sometime. You can’t be frightened by confrontation: don’t let fear stop you from taking action against drug abuse. Call us at (253) 242-9830 for more information about interventions and how to initiate one.
What Is an Intervention?
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. An intervention is as easy as asking the individual to stop their behavior or can be an extremely organized event that convinces an addict to seek rehabilitation for their problems. Family members, loved ones, teachers, clergy and loved ones join together to meet with the addict about the negative ramifications of their drug and/or alcohol dependency. Intervention members urge him or her to obtain treatment. The purposes of an Intervention are to present the addict with options and guidelines to get help and save his or her life. Even though these goals are often complicated by the fact that the addict is in self-denial or generally doesn’t understand that they have substance abuse problems: they initially will be stubborn and unwilling to get help.
There are a few major subjects that need to be discussed during an intervention, like: the addict’s destructive behavior, how it has adversely influenced the addict and their loved ones; the treatment plan along with goals and directions that the addict is expected to abide by; and what every member within the intervention must do if the addict doesn’t enter a rehab or treatment center. Usually there are four different kinds of interventions: simple, crisis, classical, and family system. ‘Simply’ asking someone to stop their life-threatening habits is a simple intervention; this method must be attempted before another, more difficult intervention is started. In dangerous, risky situations, such as reckless driving, domestic violence, or intense-frightening drug addiction, it’s best to attempt a crisis intervention immediately. Classical interventions directly focus on the sole substance abuser, the goal being that he or she immediately agrees to enter rehabilitation treatment due to the intervention. Family system interventions choose to focus on all the family members, and get them to quit their negative behaviors. Since substance addiction and family violence usually create socially dysfunctional living environments, everyone involved needs to help change their bad behaviors.
Intervention is the most powerful tool to help with healing
The person who facilitates and directs the intervention is referred to as the interventionist. We strongly encourage family members and friends to seek a qualified, experienced interventionist if they plan to host an intervention for their friend or loved one. Attempting an intervention without a professional is unwise, because friends and family are often too close to the situation to be objective. They’ll have problems discussing their emotions, and the intervention runs the danger of backfiring. To avoid miscommunication, the interventionist usually asks friends and family members to write a letter to, or make notes to be read aloud to the addict. Letters include 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. An interventionist uses a familiar language for both the addict and the addict’s friends and family, and can communicate effectively with and among 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. Remember that addicts live unhealthy lives as a result of the people they associate with, and the dangerous environments they visit looking for drugs or alcohol. 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. To find an interventionist who is certified through the Association of Intervention Specialists or to speak with somebody regarding interventions, give us a call at (253) 242-9830.
Explore 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.