Addiction Intervention Services

Getting an addicted family member to accept treatment can be quite scary considering the uncertainty on how they may react. However, with adequate planning and the assistance of a trained interventionist, the desired outcome of getting the individual into rehab can be achieved.

An intervention is essentially a structured, objective-oriented method of assisting addicted individuals to accept treatment through non-confrontational discussions. It’s aim is to raise awareness of how destructive their habit is and how it is affecting them and others around them.

It is recommended that the intervention process be conducted in the presence of a trained interventionist with knowledge of the process and experience in developing strategies to achieve the desired outcome. He or she also serves as a moderator to keep the discussion in line with the objective, steering the discussions away from name-calling and finger-pointing and stepping in when necessary if it starts getting violent.

Is an Intervention Necessary?

In most cases of substance abuse, the patient does not even realize how their self-destructive behavior impacts on them, their health, their family, and practically every aspect of their life. During this time, their loved ones begin to wonder whether involving a professional is a good option. There are rare cases when the loved ones of an addicted individual may not need to involve an interventionist. However, it is usually recommended to have the services of a professional at reach to step in if need be.

Here are some indicators to act as a guide when in doubt about hiring a professional interventionist to handle the process:

  • If there are concerns the addicted person may be violent
  • If the addicted individual is in denial of the effects of their behavior
  • If in doubt of what the outcome may be
“An intervention should not be seen as a confrontation. It is an opportunity for an addicted person to take the first step towards recovery by accepting help.” – Snowy

Choosing the Right Time

It is a generally held belief that addicted individuals will seek help when they are ready. This is false. Even though there have been cases where it took several interventions to get someone to agree to treatment, it is more likely that the outcome will be successful.

It shouldn’t be left to chance and you don’t have to wait until an addict is ready because more often than not, they will never be ready. Hence it is helpful for family and friends to do everything they can to save loved ones from self-inflicted bad habits.

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Before staging the intervention, loved ones should consider the treatment plan, this includes: securing a place in a treatment facility, packing a bag, and being generally prepared to assist the loved one get settled in at the treatment center once they agree to get help.

Considering Help from a Professional Interventionist

When planning to stage an intervention for someone, it is quite easy to think that going it alone is a better option than inviting a professional interventionist – or worst, thinking what’s the difference. Most often than not, addicts are in self-denial, and may react angrily or even violently during the intervention.

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This is where an interventionist is needed, because these discussions can be emotionally charged and tense. An intervention professional tries to ease the tension and make everyone feel relaxed. They ensure the focus remains in place without side-stepping into the murky waters of name-calling and finger-pointing. This ensures that the focus is on the addict and how to get them to agree that seeking help is the right thing to do.

Finding an Interventionist in Asia

How do you know the right person to hire? Are there criteria to consider? Some rehab centers can provide assistance with finding an interventionist. A few even have trained professionals who can coordinate an intervention and travel to a prearranged destination to consult family members and engage with an addict as part of an effort to get someone into treatment.

“During an intervention, the focus should be a united expression of care, consideration and support for the individual needing help.” – Alana Booth

Preparing for Success – and Possible Failure

Preparing for the outcome of the intervention is also a crucial aspect of the process. Whether the outcome is positive or not, some sort of action plan should be put in place. In anticipation of a positive outcome, it is usually recommended that every arrangement be made to take advantage of the high morale of the individual to get them into treatment.

In case the intervention fails, it is important that participants follow through with their resolutions, which they should have communicated to the addicted person. Also, knowing that the seed has already been sown in the mind of the addict of how adversely their addictive behavior is affecting those they love could spur them to agree to treatment sooner rather than later.