Intervention is the act of a person or a group of people becoming mediators and approaching an individual to give feedback on that individual’s habits, behavior, attitudes, or other actions. When it comes to intervention for drugs and alcohol use – and the behaviors associated with it – the intervention is often organized to address concerns over the health and safety of the individual. While an intervention is not always necessary in order to get the individual to make a change, for some that are abusing or addicted to drugs and alcohol, intervention is the only way to inspire a change for the better.
Proper Addiction Intervention from a Professional Interventionist
When performed properly, an intervention for addiction can have considerably higher rates of success for the individual addressing the substance abuse concerns, and achieving sobriety. We say “properly,” because intervention has to be done with care. Interventions performed that are 1-sided, offensive, or negative can actually do more harm than good, and could push the individual deeper into the dangers of addiction. Mentions in this article of “intervention” refer to professional interventions hosted by an expert, experienced and professional interventions, and we do not recommend staging an intervention without at least consulting a professional interventionist.
Success Rates of Addiction Intervention
According to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), those struggling with alcohol and substance abuse issues that receive a proper addiction intervention are more likely to seek treatment, and have much higher rates of successfully achieving long-term sobriety.
Over 90% of interventions that are staged under the guidance of a professional interventionist result in the addict seeking treatment for the issues brought up in the intervention. In fact, when you break down the percentage, you can easily see the how effective proper intervention can be, with 80% of individuals seeking treatment within the first 24 hours, 10% seeking treatment within the first 10 days of the intervention, and only 10% refusing to seek treatment within the first 6 months of intervention.
Quitting Drugs and Alcohol without an Intervention
Some addicts are able to make up their mind and seek recovery from addiction and substance abuse on their own, and without intervening from friend, family, or co-workers. However, the number of people actually able to seek treatment and recover without outside influence remains low. Addiction affects every aspect of the body and mind, including reasoning and judgment, two factors that can keep an addict from even consciously realizing the problems and negative effects drugs and alcohol bring to their lives. Surveys have shown that upwards of 95% of those who use drugs and alcohol on a regular basis do not see it as a problem, even if friends and family can easily recognize the impact it is having on the individual and those around them.
Addicts Who “Can’t” Quit Using Drugs and Alcohol
It is quite common to hear the phrase
“I can’t seem to quit,” or “I can’t do this on my own.”
In these cases, the individual realizes that there is a problem, that substance abuse is having a negative effect on aspects of his/her life, and realizes that a change has to be made. Yet still, they can’t bring themselves to make the leap into treatment in recovery, don’t know how to make the transition into recovery, or are afraid to make the transition into recovery. This is the point where professional interventions are key, and can be most helpful and successful.
Contrary to popular opinion, interventions are not just a surprise meeting where friends and family bring up the negative effects of drugs and alcohol in a hope to make the individual recognize the problem and the need for treatment. In fact, many interventions are for individuals that know the extent of the problem, have previously stated the desire to “get clean” or stop abusing drugs and alcohol, and are open to the idea of recovery, but simply don’t know how to get themselves into the first step. In these types of situations, the job of a professional interventionist is to reaffirm the individual’s desire for sobriety, sort through any fears or apprehensions the addict has, and to assist in the transition into addiction treatment and recovery. They help the individual take the first step – on their own, yet with a foundation to brace themselves.
Interventionists Help Addicts and Family Choose the Correct Rehab Facility and Treatment Programs
Professional interventionists are well-versed in all aspects of both addiction and addiction treatment. They see the unique needs that every individual has, both in their day-to-day lives and their needs in recovery. This is essential in choosing a rehab and putting together a recovery plan. Each addict is unique, and what works well for one individual will not necessarily work for the next. Creating a comprehensive recovery plan that addresses all needs for the one entering recovery, and gives the best chance at a successful and lasting recovery is the main concern at this point.
Drug and Alcohol Treatment That Speaks to the Individual’s Needs
There are thousands of drug and alcohol treatment programs across the United States, each of them carrying their own modalities, therapies, core beliefs, and structures. While this variety allows for many options that can address addiction in various positive ways, understanding what exact program is the “right fit” for an individual can be confusing or frustrating for addicts and their families. Professional interventionists make deciding much easier, sorting through options and addressing all concerns.
Helping addicts and their families in this first step of recovery greatly increases the chances of successful recovery by addressing the following points:
Does the Recovering Addict Need Rigid Structure?
Some of those seeking treatment need rigid structure during their recovery, and it may be suggested that inpatient residential treatment is the best fit for this person, rather than an outpatient treatment program. Choosing the structure of the treatment program will help keep recovering addicts on their path while they are still learning how to live without drugs or alcohol, and may set them up for further success after the program and prevent relapses after treatment.
Does the Recovering Addict Need Mental Health Counseling and Addition Treatment?
About half of those seeking to enter treatment for substance abuse also have some sort of co-occurring disorder or a mental health issue. Mental health issues and addiction feed off each other, with mental health issues driving the perceived need for alcohol and drugs, and drugs and alcohol exacerbating existing mental health issues. It is important to address both of these issues concurrently, in order to make a full recovery and lower chances of relapse, and a certified dual-diagnosis facility or program that treats both issues is recommended for the individual.
In addition to mental health issues such as: depression, OCD, ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorders and borderline personality disorders, trauma is
- Bipolar Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorders
Is a main factor in the connection between mental health and addiction. Trauma including PTSD stemming from tragic events, physical, and sexual abuse should be dealt with during treatment. For individuals suffering from trauma and addiction, it may be recommended that the individual enter a program that deals with this trauma professionally and in a caring manner while the addiction recovery takes place.
How Long Has the Addict Been Using Substances? How Severe Is the Addiction?
Severity of addiction and the length of time the individual have been using drugs or alcohol is one of the biggest factors to consider when entering treatment. In order to have a successful recovery, a severe addict may need much more than a 30-day treatment program. In fact, it may be recommended that the best chance for success will be in entering a 90+ day program, or a staged program that allows for sober living and aftercare.
Additionally, in acute cases it may be recommended that detox will be necessary to safely flush the system of substances to prevent acute withdrawal systems that could lead to physical damage to the body or even death. All of these items should be brought into consideration prior to choosing a program for rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol if the person seeking treatment is to have the best chance at recover and lifelong sobriety.
Professional Interventionists Help Save Those Who Think They Can’t Be Saved
At Family First Intervention, we have met and assisted many addicts and family members of addicts who think that the individual cannot be saved, is too far into addiction to return, or will never willingly enter treatment. We can tell you from professional experience that there is always hope for every substance abuser and addict; many are simply waiting to be led into recovery and to be shown that recovery is possible. We urge families to allow Family First Intervention – through professional, caring, and knowledgeable intervention and recovery planning strategies – to help address all you needs and concerns, and show that recovery is possible, no matter how dark the path looks right now.
Professional Intervention Services from Family First Intervention Can Be Key in Saving You or a Loved One from Severe Addiction
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