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An alcohol or drug addiction intervention is designed to help people struggling with alcohol or drug abuse or dependence realize that they have a problem and acknowledge that they need professional help. The goal is to get the addict to agree to enter treatment in an addiction treatment program or facility. Convincing the addicted person to enter alcohol or drug rehab is the ultimate goal.
An addiction intervention, or alcohol or drug intervention, is a highly structured meeting of relatives and/or friends who are significant in the addict's life. These meetings are sometimes led by a professional alcohol or drug addiction interventionist or the family can simply choose a designated leader within the addict’s support network.
Involving a professional interventionist may help because the interventionist can share knowledge and experience with the members of the group. The professional interventionist will share advice on what to expect during the intervention and in drug rehab, how to interact and how to handle the addict's excuses or objections to seeking professional help.
It is helpful for the team performing the addiction intervention to use scripts, lists, and/or letters to communicate with the addict or alcoholic. This helps the team keep emotions under control, which facilitates effective communication. Every aspect of the meeting is carefully prepared and the plan is rehearsed before the addict arrives. All members of the group need to be focused on facilitating the addict's entry into an alcohol and drug treatment center in a structured and organized fashion, without judgment.
It is the rare addict who can stop using drugs and alcohol on his or her own. But, detox and treatment combined can help you rebuild your life, the life you used to dream about. Call to speak with a trained Recovery Connection coordinator at 800-993-3869 and break the hold of addiction today.
A crisis typically occurs before the family decides to organize an intervention. The crisis may be the onset or worsening of a medical condition, the loss of a job, legal issues, or other acting-out behavior. Examples of the types of crisis situations that may prompt an intervention are the addict has been arrested for drunk driving, has been fired from work, or has been admitted to the hospital due to alcohol withdrawal or drug-induced seizures. Once a crisis prompts an intervention, the goal is to assist the addict or alcoholic in admitting that he/she has a problem and have them agree to enter professional treatment in an alcohol and drug rehab facility.
Three Types of Interventions:
Sometimes just a simple request from someone who matters can turn the tide. Simply ask the person to not use drugs or drink alcohol. Believe it or not, this can be effective if the addict or alcoholic is not far progressed in the disease or they have been able to develop insight. At this point, alcohol and drug rehab may be helpful but not absolutely necessary.
It is extraordinary how many times this has not been done because of a belief that nothing was ever going to change. It should always be the first step before any more complicated or involved form of intervention is embarked upon. However, few are done at this stage because of a relative lack of consequences.
The most common form of family intervention is Johnson's model (named for Vernon Johnson) or some variation thereof. It has been used for more than 30 years for thousands of drug addiction interventions with great success and has helped thousands of addicts enter drug and alcohol rehab.
The focus is on the drug user or drinker. The immediate goal is for the addict to enter drug and alcohol treatment.
Family involvement varies, but the plan needs to be developed before the intervention day. Family involvement is often extensive, even after a successful intervention has been performed. Issues surrounding care of the house, care of children and animals and paying bills need to be addressed and a plan developed prior to approaching the addict. This preparation will help the addict or alcoholic feel comfortable leaving home obligations while entering an alcohol and drug treatment center.
Family education is primarily aimed at preparing for the intervention day. There is frequently some additional education after that day to help the family adjust to the changing circumstances and adjusting to life at home while the addict is in alcohol and drug rehab. Holding the addict accountable for his or her action is necessary. Many alcohol and drug treatment centers have family programs designed to help the family and addict or alcoholic address issues related to family dynamics and to develop a plan on expectations post-discharge.
Family System Intervention
A family system intervention focuses on the family, rather than the person in need of alcohol and drug rehab. The goal is for family members to make changes that will minimize the addict's and family's self-destructive behavior. Any significant change in behavior by the family can have a profound influence on the drug user or drinker, which can ultimately help him or her make the decision to enter a drug and alcohol treatment center.
The whole process is considered part of the addiction intervention. Intervention day itself is not nearly as significant as in the more classical approach because the entire family, not just the addict or alcoholic, is considered the subject of the intervention. The addict is sometimes invited to participate in the process from the beginning. The outcome is about changing the family dynamics, not just getting the addict into drug and alcohol rehab.
Family involvement from the beginning is significant and continues to be significant whether or not the drinker goes to an alcohol and drug treatment center. The educational process is viewed as an integral part of changing the family dynamics and bringing all family members back to health through the basics of addiction treatment, the roles of guilt and shame in the family system, the recognition of enabling and provoking behaviors, and the development of a recovery plan for each family member. The goal is for each family member to change his or her behavior, thereby changing the system in which the drug user or drinker has thrived.
- Get a professional interventionist involved.
- Get 3 to 6 people together for a meeting. These people should have a significant relationship to the individual struggling with drug or alcohol abuse.
- Make a thorough plan for the intervention such as who will lead and who will be the designated main speaker.
- Make a plan to address all objections that may be raised by the addict.
- Locate and speak with an alcohol and drug treatment center that will be able to help the individual with treatment after the intervention.
- Decide on the consequences for the individual if he or she refuses alcohol and drug treatment.
- Rehearse the intervention.
Each participant may speak or the group may designate at certain number of speakers. Everything needs to be prepared in advance. It is helpful to have lists demonstrating the destructive behavior, the consequences and the impact upon the addict and upon those who love the addict. Each member should understand what changes he/she is prepared to make should the addict refuse to enter a drug and alcohol treatment center.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is a good idea to get professional help if there is a history of:
- Serious mental illness
- Previous suicidal behavior or discussion of suicide
- Denial or minimizing the problem
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