Sometimes, people need a little help convincing a loved one to go to treatment. An interventionist can help get the message across in a compassionate, caring manner.
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Interventions for drug and alcohol dependence are delicate family matters. The fear a family member or friend has when considering an intervention is that they will isolate, push away or cause the person dependent on alcohol or drugs to use more or to harm themselves.
In truth, a well-planned drug intervention conducted by those who are experienced professionals in the field often results in positive outcomes for both the person dependent on drugs or alcohol and the family.
Americans over age 12 used heroin in the last year.
increase in heroin use rates over the past decade.
increase in heroin overdose deaths over the past decade.
of heroin overdose deaths involve at least one other drug.
The Goal of a Drug Intervention
The ultimate goal of an intervention is for the person dependent on drugs or alcohol to accept the treatment offered by the Intervention Team. The Intervention Team consists of the Interventionist and the family members and/or friends that want to be present. Before the intervention takes place, the Interventionist, working with family and friends, coordinates a treatment plan and travel arrangements so that as soon as the Intervention concludes, the person dependent on drugs or alcohol can get the care they need right away.
The Process of a Drug Intervention
Research on the Person Needing Treatment
Before treatment can be coordinated, the Interventionist and the family will need to know as much about the behaviors of the person needing treatment as possible. What type of drug do they use? How much and how often? If they abuse alcohol, how long, how often and why? Building a history of use will help the Interventionist and the family in the second stage.
In this stage, the Interventionist will help the family member select the appropriate level of care and an appropriate facility for treatment to take place. In most cases, the Interventionist will accompany the person dependent on drugs or alcohol to their treatment destination.
Planning the Intervention
During the planning stage, family members are elected to speak at the intervention. Each family member will prepare statements that they will read. Each statement is designed to let the person that needs treatment understand how their use of drugs and alcohol has effected the family member’s life, how they want their loved one to seek treatment and also details the consequences for the dependent person to not accept treatment. The Interventionist helps the members of the Intervention Team to prepare to deliver their statements to the person that needs help.
Conducting the Intervention
A family member or friend that is a part of the Intervention Team typically brings the person that needs treatment to the drug intervention. This is the first time they will meet the Interventionist and in many occasions the person that needs help can be quite surprised. The role of the Interventionist is to bring order to the situation and to moderate the discussion. Each member of the Intervention Team will read their statements aloud in a group and the person that needs treatment will be asked by all to accept the help they have been offered. Many people confronted with specific consequences and an offer for help accept the help they are given.
After the Intervention
Once the drug intervention has concluded, the Interventionist will accompany the person that accepts treatment to their treatment destination safely.
81% of heroin overdose deaths in 2013 were ruled unintentional overdoses.
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Inpatient and/or outpatient treatment is different for everyone experientially. However, what is common for all people, and important for those entering treatment to understand, is that the new environment you enter and the people that are their to help you are focused 100% on your recovery. Treatment facilities are staffed with professionals that understand addiction. You’ll be entering a non-judgmental, understanding environment designed to help you learn to live drug free for the rest of your life.
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