Overcoming drug or alcohol addiction is a long and gradual process that requires a range of treatments to be applied over a period of weeks, months, and even years in some cases. An addiction intervention often marks the start of the recovery process, with direct and indirect methods used depending on the substance and extent of addiction. People who have a substance use disorder are often in a complete state of denial about the existence or severity of their problem with drugs or alcohol. An addiction intervention is designed to help addicts agree to enter into a professional treatment program. When an intervention is successful, the addict will typically be directed towards medical detox, rehabilitation treatment, behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare support programs. If your friend or family member is in need of addiction intervention services, call Restore Treatment Center at 855-636-5785 as soon as you can to speak with one of our intervention specialists.
Addiction intervention, also known as crisis intervention, is a method used to persuade an addicted person to accept treatment for drug or alcohol dependence. An intervention is normally organized and ran by the friends and family members of an addict, but it is beneficial to also have a professional intervention counselor involved in this process. During a standard intervention, the addicted person is confronted by an intervention team, which is a group of people who are closely affiliated with the addict. Prior to the intervention, the team will determine the ramifications that will be given if the addict declines to seek help. Although an intervention is not always needed for an addict to accept help, the denial and secretive behavior that surrounds addiction often make this a necessary part of the recovery process. If a relapse occurs at any stage, additional intervention services may be required in order to get the recovering addict back on track.
There are many intervention services available to choose from, including direct methods and indirect methods. The Family Systems model of intervention is the most popular direct model used in addiction recovery today, whereas the ARISE model is a method of intervention that provides a more indirect approach. While direct interventions are confrontational by nature, indirect models use a softer invitational tone. It is important for the intervention team to choose which approach will be the best fit for the addicted individual and the severity of the chemical dependence. Types of intervention models to choose from include:
- Direct Confrontation – The addict is directly confronted by loved ones.
- Indirect Confrontation – Professional help is recruited by intervention team.
- Forcible Intervention – An addict is admitted into a hospital or rehabilitation facility with a signed form obtained from a professional.
- Motivational Interviewing – The addict is met with a series of questions in hopes that they will recognize their destructive behaviors and accept treatment.
- Systemic Intervention – Actions and rewards are used to encourage the addict to recognize that it is in everyone’s best interest for them to stop using drugs and alcohol.
- ARISE – This stands for A Relational Intervention Sequence of Engagement and involves intervention meetings, addiction treatment, and relapse prevention programs.
- CRAFT – This stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training. CRAFT approach involves rewards, communication, motivation for treatment and the discontinuation of substance abuse, leading to family happiness.
It is common for the people conducting an intervention to choose to organize one on their own, but our professional interventionists and counselors at Restore Treatment Center can help formulate an appropriate plan. Conducting an intervention can be both difficult and overwhelming, as there is a substantial amount of preparation needed beforehand to ensure the desired outcome.
Planning an intervention can be a challenging task, which requires a great deal of organization and research. Prior to the actual intervention event, it is essential for friends and family members of the addict to follow through on fulfilling certain tasks, including:
- Meeting with a counselor
- Inviting the intervention participants
- Planning the intervention
- Composing a letter or list of behaviors and actions that will no longer be tolerated
- Researching all possible options for treatment.
It is best for the addicted individual to enter into treatment immediately following the intervention. The members of the intervention team should consult with the addict about the possibility of medical detox and the treatment program options available.
The process of addiction treatment at Restore Drug Rehab LA is split into three separate, yet integrated, components: detoxification, rehabilitation, and aftercare support. Once a successful intervention has taken place, the addict will be guided towards the appropriate course of treatment.
Detox is designed to enable the cessation of drug use, with medications often used to support this process. Medical detox is not always required, but it is typically advised whenever physical-somatic withdrawal symptoms are present. Rehabilitation programs are designed to address the emotional, cognitive and environmental aspects of addiction, with psychotherapy support offered alongside relapse prevention and pharmacotherapy programs. Aftercare includes all programs that can be used for sobriety maintenance following the completion of treatment. Popular aftercare programs include 12-step support groups, SMART Recovery, and sober living environments.
Drug addiction and alcoholism are both life-threatening disorders that should not go untreated. If you believe that your friend or family member is in need of addiction treatment, do not hesitate to take action. Our intervention services at Restore Treatment Center can guide you through the process of planning an intervention, as well as carrying out the intervention itself.