Intervention is Essential
Staging an intervention is the most effective way to get a person struggling with addiction to enter treatment. Between 2017 and 2018, over 18,000 people in Oklahoma alone reported having a substance use disorder. It is likely that many more suffer silently because they are afraid to speak up about their condition.
If you are worried about someone who has changed due to a drug and/or alcohol addiction, an intervention is perhaps the most important thing you can do to help. It’s natural to be afraid of confrontation, but you should not let fear stop you from taking action. The reality is that your friend or loved one has an illness, and recovery specialists offer safe, medically supervised services for anyone who is ready to take the first step toward getting clean and sober.
What Intervention Looks Like
An intervention is an organized gathering that aims to convince an addicted person to go to rehab. While it nearly always starts with family and friends, it may also include clergy members, coaches, or anyone else who is concerned about the addicted person. In a group setting, they express this concern and lobby for treatment. Many times, the addicted person will be in denial about the disorder, or hostile to the very idea of getting help, but it is important to persist. The purpose of this meeting is to give your friend or loved one an opportunity to make a significant and potentially life-saving change. During the intervention it is essential to discuss:
- specific examples of unhealthy behavior that the person is exhibiting
- how this behavior is affecting the addicted person and everyone present
- the guidelines and objectives of the treatment plan
- an ultimatum that every member of the group will cut off communication if the person refuses to enter treatment
Different Ways to Speak Up
There are four types of interventions: simple, crisis, classical and family system.
- A simple intervention is, as the name implies, simply asking the addicted person to enter rehab. This is often ineffective, but worth trying before attempting any of the others.
- Crisis intervention addresses hazardous behaviors like reckless driving, violence or particularly high-risk drug use.
- Classical intervention aims to get an addicted person to enter a rehab program immediately, often by laying down an ultimatum.
- Family system interventions focus on all the family members. They examine addiction in the context of family dysfunction while attempting to convince everyone involved to seek help in modifying their behaviors.
The Difference Between Intervention and Rehabilitation
Step 1 of every 12-step program is admitting there is a problem, and this is exactly what intervention aims to make the addicted person do. It is not a part of treatment in itself; rather, it sets the stage for recovery to begin.
Recovery proceeds with rehabilitation, which teaches the addicted person about substance use disorder, how to identify personal triggers, and how to use this knowledge to maintain sobriety. For an intervention to achieve its ultimate goal, immediate detox treatment and a long-term addiction recovery plan must follow.
Watching a loved one struggle with drug dependency is never easy; in fact it can be devastating. Recovery experts are available 24 hours a day to help by providing more information about both addiction and rehabilitation options. Call 405-583-4309 today.