An intervention is something which is needed for a person who has an addiction to, or is abusing an illicit substance, that could be a drug or alcohol. Many families try to take matters into their own hands and stage their own version of an intervention. This may work in the short term but generally more professional interventions have a much higher success rate.
Right Person For The Job
No disrespect to any families who try to stage their own intervention as they do so out of love and concern, however a proper intervention needs to be completed by the right person if it is to stand the highest possible chance of being successful. The person who handles this will be completely competent, highly trained, professional and have the appropriate certification. They will be experienced in how to handle situations such as these, objectively and in an unbiased manner.
The first phase in any potential intervention is the initial phase, this involves performing an assessment of the individual and their family as well as consulting with them all both together as a unit and on an individual basis. They need to find out all the details about the persons substance abuse issues in order to facilitate the best type of treatment for them.
Phases Two and Three
The next two phases are pre-intervention which is where the plan for treatment and support is put in to place and then the actual intervention itself where the addict is made to face up to their problems and enter treatment.
Phase four happens around 30 days after the actual intervention, it involves returning to the family to carry on discussions, education and offer support and counselling. This care will be ongoing while the person suffering the substance addiction issue is receiving their treatment, whether that be on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
It is important to remember that any treatment for drug addiction is not an overnight thing, it is ongoing for a long period of time. In some cases a person can receive treatment for an addiction, whether inpatient or outpatient, which lasts as long as a year. Even after that the person will not suddenly be completely recovered. Many people struggle with addiction for their entire life and will be stuck in a cycle of relapse and sobriety.
Always Opt For Professional
Families often want to try and keep these problems from becoming public so they will avoid consulting with medical professionals and rather stage an intervention themselves at home. The problem with this is that, often there are feelings of hurt or anger at the way the addict has treated the family and so it is difficult to be objective and unbiased when they are doing this. It is easy to get angry and lay blame but making the addict feel guilty will only encourage that person to hate himself or herself and often will turn to the drug for solace and to try and take the pain away.
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