Intervention/family intervention is often an essential part of the recovery process. Denial is an everpresent element of addiction. Denial comes in many forms, such as blaming, playing the victim and anger. Along with denial, an addict must deal with pride and ego, which keeps an individual using until he or she reaches bottom. This is where an interventionist becomes important.
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A family intervention is designed to break down denial. Often addicts blame their usage on family members, jobs, stress, anything that allows them to reject responsibility and continue the substance abuse. Breaking through these barriers and achieving their commitment to receive effective care is essential to begin healing.
The sole purpose of intervention is to get the individual to an effective treatment facility immediately. Correctly executed professional interventions and interventionists are successful in 90%-95%+ of all cases.
The first phase of intervention is coordination between the family and the interventionists or other professionals who help in selecting a treatment facility. Advance arrangements must be made, as the expectation is immediate admittance upon completion of the intervention.
The second step of intervention is to begin a dialogue with a professional interventionist. An experienced interventionist will quickly move the family from a disorganized chaotic state to a cohesive, focused group. The intention is clear, the tone is hopeful and the resolve is unwavering. This process is born out of love and concern for the addict.
In the event that the drug addict or alcoholic chooses not to agree to treatment, family, friends and employers must be prepared for the next step of intervention, which involves the total and immediate cessation of all enabling behaviors by the parties involved. Typically, the only reason this process may not be effective is that in the past, consequences of the individual’s behavior have been so minimal that he or she doesn’t believe anything will change.
The family must be prepared to set strong boundaries and not waver at the time of intervention. It must be made clear that the family, with the guidance of the interventionist as a mediator, will no longer accept this behavior. Unless the individual agrees to treatment, no money, no shelter and no emotional support will be given.
No intervention should be undertaken without the advice and council of an experienced, trained and certified professional interventionist, preferrably one who is knowledgable in the treatment center and treatment methadology that has been chosen for the individual.