Holding an Intervention Can Save Your Loved One’s Life
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Confronting a loved one in Northern California is possible with the help of licensed professionals
Interventions are designed to confront the addict with their disorder with the help of licensed professionals. The goal is to convince the struggling individual to seek help and go to a treatment program. Interventionalists confront the addict’s acceptance and ambivalence toward their substance abuse, and they help the family approach the addict with a loving, accepting and motivating attitude instead of allowing the discourse to devolve into negativity and blame. Interventions are intended to open a channel of communication that otherwise could not exist in the addict’s life. The people present at an intervention reassure the addict that they do not need their substance of choice, and that there are resources available to help them overcome their cycle of abuse.
Motivational interviewing is at the heart of the intervention process, and licensed professionals are well equipped to conduct and lead this kind of discourse. The interventionalist will first give the addict a chance to speak and air their concerns, then the interventionalist will point of discrepancies between the client’s goals and their current abusive lifestyle. Instead of dismissing the addict’s initial resistance, the interventionalist will adjust the flow of conversation to acknowledge and offer solutions to the worries of the addict. This is all done with a positive and optimistic outlook that centers on the idea that the addict can succeed instead of drowning them in their failures. To find out more about how to stage an intervention, call 614-502-6247.
Interventions provide a pathway for addicts to recognize their destructive behavior
In order for an addict to end their substance abuse, they must first recognize that they have a problem. While some addicts are capable of coming to this conclusion on their own, other addicts need others in their life to point out exactly how their addiction is destroying their lives. Interventions, led by licensed professionals, allow the family to successfully confront an addict in denial about the effects that their addiction is having on their lives and those around them. The addict listens to the worries and hopes of those around them in an attempt to get them to look at their life from a perspective outside of their need to consume substances. Once the addict begins to acknowledge the damage that has been done to their lives, interventionalists help the addict understand the positives of seeking treatment and ending the cycle of addiction.
Interventions can be difficult for the addict and their support network, as the conversations can be emotional and centered on behaviors that are upsetting. The interventionalist helps keep everyone calm by encouraging positive discourse and allowing the addict to freely express their trepidation about entering the recovery process. Instead of hammering the client receiving the intervention with all of the things that are wrong, the interventionalist focuses on highlighting for the client solutions to their concerns. The process is intended to coax the client away from justifying their use by explaining to them in detail what other options are available. An example would be an addict that is concerned about getting sick when they quit; an interventionalist would describe in detail the inpatient detox program they intend on sending the client to when they agree to accept help. The intervention process only ends when the client willingly accepts the help being offered to them, and every intervention looks different because it needs to focus on the personal details of ever individual going through the process. Interventions are more successful than regular confrontations because the aspect of blame is taken out of the conversation; the addict comes out of an intervention feeling loved and supported, while also claiming optimism when it comes to their outlook on life. The idea is to encourage the addict to become the best person they can be, not to remind them of all of their mistakes that have occurred as a result of their addiction.
Interventions are effective because the addict facing their addiction does not feel alone
An intervention is staged in order to convince an addict to seek treatment for their disorder. The cycle of addiction can be isolating, and often times an addict feels like they are alone in their struggle. An intervention provides an opportunity for the addict’s support network to come together to remind the addict that they are loved and that they deserve help; they do not need to keep struggling alone. Addicts are often in denial about the negative consequences of their addiction, so they are confronted with the destructive nature of their disease during the intervention process. They are reminded of the damage they are doing to their bodies and their lives, without the discourse turning into a blame game or opportunity for the family to barrage the addict with their grievances. An interventionalist keeps the conversation on topic by addressing difficult topics without devolving into personal criticism.
The idea that their substance is a necessity in their lives in order to function is dispelled by allowing the addict to hear the perceptions and consequences of their actions from an outside perspective. Often an addict sees their substance of choice as a solution to problems instead of a catalyst to their problems. While addicts often believe they need to use to remain physically and psychologically sound, an interventionalist will calmly counter these assertions by informing the addict of the resources available to conquer those barriers. The idea is to help the addict realize they need help by reassuring them that it is ok that their addiction got out of control, and that positive change can still happen if they choose to go to treatment. What goes on at treatment is disclosed to the addict in full detail, hopefully informing their choice to attend a treatment program that will cater to their personal and individualized concerns.
Exploring Treatment Paths
Finding help for your addiction doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your home life. Outpatient programs provide the tools needed to maintain a sober life around your schedule. Therapy sessions and group meetings are held at convenient times of day, and only last a few hours, so you can go about living your life.
Going to an inpatient treatment program allows you to focus on your addiction full-time without worrying about outside distractions. It is a 24-hour program that allows you to detox fully, while providing therapeutic support to help you get back on your feet.
Partial hospitalization provides many of the rigorous services provided during inpatient treatment while allowing you to return home at the end of the day. Residential treatment provides you with the opportunity to live in a dwelling focused on sobriety so there is minimal temptation to use after the day is done.