ADDICTION INTERVENTION PROCESS
An Intervention is an attempt often by a group of people, typically family and friends, to have someone get professional help or counseling with an addiction. The word intervention is used when a traumatic event involves addiction to drugs, alcohol or other substances.
The interventionist is the individual who helps identify the appropriate people in the addicts life who will become an influential part of a recovery team. The team will enable their individual and family to accept treatment and recovery. The interventionist supports, educates, provides guidance, direction and training as well as the facilitation of the intervention and aftercare.
If you are unsure about whether an intervention is suitable, a no-obligation initial assessment of the situation can be arranged. This initial assessment, conducted by one of our highly experienced counselors, will help you decide whether an intervention might be useful and can also help build initial support to move forward.
If following the initial assessment, an intervention is recommended, a comprehensive consultation will be conducted, with our counselors speaking to as many potential participants as possible in order to customize the intervention accordingly.
We will research and evaluate all the possible treatment options available and prepare detailed summaries for all parties involved in the potential intervention.
We will determine the structure of the intervention required and make arrangements to plan the event.
Participants will be informed every step of the way how the intervention will be conducted and what will be discussed. Importantly, the person in crisis may or may not be included in these early discussions.
Depending on a number of circumstances the intervention can be performed at your location and preferably on neutral ground.
Usually, an intervention is conducted over 2 - 3 days in either the morning or afternoon. Our intervention specialists are available to answer any queries you may have after this time.
One of the objectives of an interventionist is to assist the family and support members confront a person in a non-life threatening way and to allow them to see their self-destructive behaviour and how it affects themselves, family and friends. An intervention usually involves several people who have prepared themselves to talk to a person who has been engaging in some sort of self-destructive behaviour. In a clear and respectful way, they inform the person of factual information regarding his or her behaviour and how it may have affected them. The immediate objective of an interventionist is for the person bent on self destruction to listen and to accept help from all who care.
It can be challenging to help a loved one struggling with alcoholism, drug problems, eating disorders, prescription drug abuse, compulsive gambling or other destructive behaviour. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation with the guidance of an internventionist can start the road to recovery. At other times they may need a more focused approach. Joining forces with others and taking action with an interventionist in a formal intervention process is a necessity. Those who struggle with addictive behaviours and their family/friends are often in denial about their situation and are unwilling to seek treatment. An intervention and interventionist presents all involved a structured supported opportunity to make changes before things get even worse. A professional interventionist is able to plan an intervention that is a planned process involving family and friends and sometimes colleagues, clergy members and others who care about a person struggling with addiction so they become an integral part of the recovery process.
This is strictly for effectiveness. An intervention occurs in a controlled environment that includes a trained counsellor. Once the intervention occurs, daily life must go on. An addict must choose whether or not they enter into rehab. Whether they agree to it or not the family must stick firm to the consequences that were outlined during the intervention.