When to Take Action
Interventions are one of the best methods for getting addicts into a rehabilitation (rehab) treatment program. If you’re worried about somebody in your life who has changed drastically due to a drug and/or alcohol addiction, an intervention may be the only way you can get them the help they need. Addiction is scary for both the addict and the addict’s loved ones. You may be asking, “How can I help my friend get well?” and “What is my part in convincing my family member to get help for this addiction?” No matter how much you love this person, you are tired of saying no, upset about being lied to or used, and fed up with the others who encourage the addict with codependent behavior. You can’t fear confrontation: don’t let fear prevent you from acting.
The four basic sorts of interventions are simple, crisis, classical, and family system. A simple intervention is literally “simply” asking someone to quit their harmful behavior. Before more complex intervention methods are begun, a simple intervention should be attempted. A crisis intervention is used to address dangerous, precarious situations, such as reckless driving. Convincing one particular person to agree to rehab right away is the purpose of a classical intervention. In a family system intervention, the focus is on convincing all the family members to quit their behaviors, specifically in instances of drug abuse and domestic violence, which create dysfunctional living environments.
Putting it Together
An intervention is a controlled meeting with a goal of persuading the addict to enter a therapy program to treat their issues with dependency. Anyone who is concerned about the addict, including family members, friends, clergy, and instructors, gather to confront the addict with the consequences of their drug dependency. Interventions are used to providing the addict with an opportunity to get help and save their own life, especially when the addict doesn’t realize they have a problem, is in denial, or is simply unwilling to seek help. Over the course of an intervention, it is very important to deal with specific examples of bad behavior and how it has affected the addict and their family members. The addict should be presented with a therapy plan along with goals and instructions that the addict is expected to follow.
The first step in an intervention would be to hire the interventionist. The interventionist guides and helps plan the meeting, and it should be someone familiar with the addict’s condition and how to treat it. The interventionist will meet with loved ones and plan out what is going to happen at the meeting. Everyone will write down and rehearse what they want to say to the addict. All this planning is essential, for the goal is to persuade the addict that they need rehab treatment immediately. Everyone at the meeting must be dedicated to this goal. At a set time and place, the interventionist and the loved ones will meet with the addict and explain why they are there. The addict needs help, and things must change immediately.
Next Comes Rehab
Though both steps are very important for the process of recovery, it is imperative to understand that there’s a difference between an intervention and rehab. An intervention does not cure addiction, it’s just a means of getting someone into rehab. Rehab is one of the best ways to get an addict to quit using drugs or alcohol. At treatment centers, the addict will learn about the disease of drug and alcohol abuse, what triggers their need to use drugs or alcohol, and the way to maintain long term recovery. Most rehab facilities very strongly urge immediate entry into a rehab program following an intervention, preferably on the same day.
A rehab center ensures that the addict will have the best treatment possible. The facility will be staffed by counselors and medical professionals who are experts in helping addicts recover and stay sober. The experts will also have access to medication and techniques that will best help the addict overcome their addiction. There are people available locally that you can talk to about rehab. You can call 720-619-4424 if you live in the Aurora area and would like more information about interventionists and rehab centers.
With Outpatient treatment a patient comes to a rehabilitation facility to get daily care. The patient is able to stay in their household. The addiction treatment will take place at health clinics, counselor's offices, neighborhood health centers or in residential programs with outpatient services.
Inpatient treatment is focused on medically supervised detoxification. This is the perfect place to start the recovery process. Following the detox process, it is recommended that patients seek out further treatment. Detox without further treatment is often not enough, but detoxing is an important step!
This is perfect for client that would benefit from a mix of inpatient and outpatient care. In this situation patients live in residential homes and are taken to get treatment daily. This gives patients a new routine to build on so they can adjust to their new life in the future.