Addiction – a stigma that continually grows in this modern day and age. It’s a social problem that cripples its victims and robs it of its capability of living a healthy and sustainable living. This stigma doesn’t only apply to the victim but also to their loved ones. It’s like a domino chain and a circle, one that knows no end. Not until proper intervention steps in to help the victims. The questions now are how, when and what. This article will be discussing and answering everything about intervention services and how to plan an intervention for your loved ones.
In this article we’ll cover the following:
- What is Intervention Services for addiction?
- A little reality check
- Tips on how to plan an intervention
What is Intervention Services for addiction?
Intervention services for addiction are programs that aim to support patients who are struggling with substance abuse. Outside help is necessary to address their condition. There’s usually an involvement of the patient’s family in helping and convincing him or her on the effects of his or her addictive behavior. Therapeutic services and different activities are part of the program to keep them busy and keep them away from relapse.
A little reality check
Intervention isn’t all sunshine and daisies. Your loved ones may detest the idea of getting into rehab. They might get mad and hate you, and be in total denial. Then you’ll decide that they’ll go to rehab if they think that they’re ready. The most significant tendency when you give them time and latency is that they’ll continue with their destructive nature and could eventually lead to their deaths or irreversible damage.
It’s best to intervene at the proper time and in the appropriate way. So here are few tips on how to plan an intervention for your loved one who’s suffering from addiction.
1. Hire a professional interventionist
With the little fact stated earlier, expect that there can be resistance coming along the way. To spare you and your affected loved one with all the emotional stress and drama, hire a professional interventionist. Professional interventionists are skilled in overcoming barriers, getting through to the person concerned, letting them understand where they stand with substance abuse, and showing them that there’s a path to defeat addiction.
This step could also be a good start because a professional interventionist has no hold nor has no emotional ties to the family. With skills and experience, the interventionist knows how to assess the addict’s physical and psychological state, deal with any resistance, objections, denials, strong physical cravings, and urges. This assessment will soon lead them to the main goal, and that’s treatment.
2. Make treatment arrangements in advance
Since we’ve established the goal of treatment from the start, it’s essential to make treatment arrangements in advance. This way, there’ll be no time gap by the moment your loved one decides to go on treatment.
3. Decide who are the participants
Make sure that the ones included in the team are the ones who want to see the treatment through and are determined to do so. Don’t include people whom you might think can add to the stress and relapse.
4. Provide educational materials
After you’ve decided on the participants of the intervention, collect educational documents and give them to each person who’ll be part of the intervention team. It’s also important to educate the people involved so that they’ll know what they’re getting themselves into.
5. Arrange the date for intervention
Once the three steps mentioned above are complete, arrange an appointment for the treatment. If some participants have to travel to get to the facility, factor this into the timing of the event.
6. Meet in advance
Meet with the interventionist and the participants and plan everything. Set an agenda. Go over details and what each participant needs to do. Encourage agreement on expectations. Rehearse with participants.
7. Prepare written statements
These written reports are about how the participants feel or their reflection on how addiction affected their lives. These assessments should be read out loud in the presence of the patient.
8. Your goal should be leading to treatment
The end goal should always be present. Begin and end with the end in mind. Although not every intervention will succeed, a carefully planned and executed intervention plan administered by a professional interventionist has a higher rate of achieving the goal.
9. Be firm on consequences
It’s okay to impose disciplinary actions when the patient says “no.” Be sure that the patient doesn’t have financial support nor anything that could feed their addiction.
10. Have a backup plan and never give up
A wise general will always have something on his sleeves. Reserve a backup plan in case the treatment doesn’t bid well. Don’t give up because families don’t give up on each other.
So those are the things that you need to know about intervention services and how to plan an intervention for addiction. This article is written to give light to those who have questions about services offered in sober living environments.