For many people suffering from a substance use disorder the only way to get them into treatment, and off of alcohol or drugs is with an intervention. Often times family such as spouses, children, or parents get in contact with a professional interventionist to help facilitate the beginning steps of the recovery process. Reason being loving an addict can be challenging. Drug interventions and Alcohol Interventions have proven to be a successful component, and a starting point to recovery.
What are Drug and Alcohol Interventions?
Both drug and alcohol interventions have a primary aim, that being to help a person from a substance use disorder stop using drugs or alcohol. Often the intervention will consist of the family members of the substance user, the substance user, and a skilled professional. During the session, the primary goal is to create an environment where the substance user can understand the consequences of continued drug use, and the effects that it is having on the family. The professional Interventionist with facilitate the session in a way that is effective, and necessary in order to get the substance user into treatment. In an article by researchers from Boston University they state that “ Screening and brief intervention can have a major role in reducing risk for those with nondependent unhealthy use and referring those who need it to specialty treatment.”
What is the Difference Between Direct Interventions and Indirect Interventions?
According to the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, “About 60 to 80 percent of people who abuse substances have frequent contact with members of their families”. Having family members and loved ones involved can be highly beneficial for an addict, and a superior element of the intervention process. In Direct Interventions, family members are able to confront the person along with a professional interventionist to facilitate the process. For some individuals, Direct Interventions are the perfect recipe for a successful recovery. However, some people who are suffering from addiction do not benefit from this approach. In that case an Indirect Intervention may be implemented.
Indirect Interventionist should still be guided by a professional. An Indirect Intervention is a process in which the family participates in a series of sessions with the interventionists over weeks in order to understand ways in which they can maintain their mental health, and allow for healthy family life despite the member that is suffering from an addiction. In return this often leads to the substance user seeking professional treatment as well.
How to Know if an Intervention is Needed?
If you have a loved ones who addiction is becoming out of control there are some primary warning signs to make note of. Here is a list of some things to be aware of:
- You notice the loved one consuming more of the substance they use to use less of
- When confronted your loved one becomes defensive.
- The increase in the substance continues to grow, and so does your concern.
- You begin threatening your loved one with consequences if he or she continues to use.
- Your loved one makes attempts to cut back or quit but these attempts are unsuccessful
- You start to have negative feelings towards your loved one because of the repetitive cycle.
If you are experiencing this cycle with a loved one it is time to get a professional interventionists on your side to facilitate the process, and get your loved one on the right track to recovery. With Indirect Interventions more times than not this cycle still becomes a maladaptive process.
Why is a Professional Intervention the Better Choice?
With a professional intervention there is a tremendous amount of support for the family, and substance abuse user. The process of recovery has many different stages, and a professional will work by your side through the entire process. Some major benefits include:
Providing Options – Each case is different, and with different needs. With a professional interventionist on your side he or she has the knowledge to supply the family and addict with options moving forward. Such options may include a 30 day rehab, 60 day rehab, 90 day rehab, or even a long-term rehab facility.
Managing the Case – From the initial call you will have an ally on your side. Having an outsiders opinion, who also possess the professional knowledge of interventions, and the treatment process can lead to more favorable outcomes.
Maintaining Emotional Stability- When a family member is suffering from an addiction, and an intervention must take place it is necessary to have an outsider facilitate, and maintain a calming presence through the emotional uproar. Often when people are upset it is challenging to think clearly, and those could create the downfall of becoming side tracked. The professional interventionists will maintain his or her calm presence and facilitate the family through the steps that they need to create a successful intervention.
Post Treatment Services – Even after the intervention is completed, there are numerous steps that should be completed for a successful recovery. Addiction is a lifelong illness, and more times than not require post treatment processes for the substance user. A professional Interventionist has knowledge of the different services available for after treatment, and has a clear conceptualization of the case, and the needs for a particular client.
Get Help Today
If you or a loved one is in need of a professional intervention seek help immediately. The consequences of not getting help are deadly. There are a variety of treatment options available. At Coast to Coast Recovery, you can find a range of addiction treatment services from holistic healing and complementary therapies to 12-step programs and Christian-based teaching. Let us help you end a life of addiction and start your journey to lasting sobriety. To learn more, call (800) 210-8229.