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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the objective of an Addiction Intervention?
  2. Is intervention necessary for successful recovery?
  3. What is the right time for an Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention?
  4. How can one determine an appropriate intervention method?
  5. Can an intervention be conducted without professional guidance?
  6. What does the process of intervention involve?
  7. What are the goals of intervention?
  8. Can intervention assure successful recovery?
  9. Will an intervention make the situation worse?
  10. Is there any alternative for intervention?
  11. What is the role of family and friends in intervention?
  12. Who should be the participants of an intervention?

1. What is the objective of an Addiction Intervention?
Self-destructive behavior is something often seen associated with addiction. The main objective of a Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention is to give relief from the sufferings caused by this Substance Abuse. It helps an abuser recognize the gravity of his Alcoholism/Drug Abuse and makes him/her come to terms with the impact of his Substance Abuse on others.

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2. Is intervention necessary for successful recovery?
Past records show that only a small percentage of substance abusers have recovered without Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention. For the majority, Alcoholism Treatment/Drug Treatment was inevitable. In fact, many consider Addiction Intervention as an indispensable part of the healing process. Along with the dependence on a substance comes a reluctance to admit or tackle the Substance Abuse problem. Addiction Intervention plays an important role in breaking the defense mechanism addicts use to evade treatment.



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3. What is the right time for an Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention?
The answer is obvious-as soon as alcoholism or drug abuse has been identified. Unnecessary delay can make things worse. In fact, getting the addict to seek treatment as early as possible is the main purpose of intervention. An early Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention gives the addict greater chance and more time for successful Alcoholism Treatment/Drug Treatment.

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4. How can one determine an appropriate intervention method?
Determining an appropriate Addiction Intervention method depends, to a great extent, on the condition of the patient. Ensuring the safety of the patient is of utmost importance even while addressing the urgency of the situation. Future plans like educating the family comes only later here. However, while dealing with a chronic problem, the traditional or a blend of old and new Alcoholism Treatment/ Drug Treatment approaches can be tried. Proceedings of a preplanned Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention depend on many factors like what the family members of an addict are prepared to do or the orientation of the interventionist. It is very important to find out the most realistic and practical approach, which comes to terms with the feelings of the family members.

Theoretically all Addiction Intervention orientations work. However, developing a personalized and sensible approach is imperative for this highly emotional experience.

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5. Can an intervention be conducted without professional guidance?
There is nothing wrong in conducting an Addiction Intervention without professional guidance. However, as interventions are highly emotional and deal with delicate matters, it is important that they be done properly and with care. Often people waste a great deal of time and effort trying to organize an Addiction Intervention by themselves, with no results. Moreover, people who quit without expert assistance usually end up back on drugs or alcohol. So, to be on the safe side, seek out the advice and council of a professional Addiction Interventionist.

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6. What does the process of intervention involve?
The process of Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention involves counselling, therapy, assistance and liaison with the rehabilitation centre, the family and the patient, follow up and after care support.

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7. What are the goals of intervention?
The main goals of Addiction Intervention are (a) Realize the nature and degree of substance abuse and the focus of level of Alcoholism Treatment/Drug Treatment and Addiction Interventions. (b) Comprehend the efficiency of different Addiction Treatments and Addiction Intervention methods that are meant to lessen the dependence on a substance. (c) Know more about Alcoholism Treatment/Drug Treatment and Addiction Intervention providers, effectual programs and suitability of these treatments for that particular abuser. (d) Boost community awareness of apt and successful Addiction Treatment and other intervention programs for substance habits.

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8. Can intervention assure successful recovery?
No. Even a successful Addiction Intervention does not guarantee recovery from addiction. However, according to the past records up to 85% of addicted people who underwent intervention sought treatment. This shows that professionally conducted interventions often achieve its goals, i.e. make people willing to take Addiction Treatment.

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9. Will an intervention make the situation worse?
Normally, a professionally conducted Addiction Intervention is a gentle, conversational process. It is designed to improve the lives and awareness of all involved. It is not an argument or an examination of wills. The risk factor is almost zero in an intervention conducted by a professional. So, given the great gains, intervention is something worth trying.

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10. Is there any alternative for intervention?
In 1991, William Miller and Stephen Rollnick proposed a methodological approach that looked at stages of change in the addict and in determining the specific desire or willingness of an addict to change, thereby prescribing the counselors appropriate course of action. The point of view is that professionals must change their behavior according to that of the addict. This is known as Motivational Interviewing.

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11. What is the role of family and friends in intervention?
Family and friends have a vital role to play in the process of Substance Abuse intervention. Besides giving support to the addict's efforts to recover, they need to stop protecting him from the consequences of his/her Alcoholism/Drug Abuse. It is important to let him/her fully experience the harmful effects of Substance Abuse. Making the effort a collective one is also very important. The close ones need to find strength in numbers with the help of family and friends and confront the abuser as a group.

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12. Who should be the participants of an intervention?
The number of people participating in a Drug Intervention/Alcohol Intervention is less important than who is there. Presence of the person in the family whom the addict respects the most is a must. This person is the one whose opinions are most highly regarded by the addict. And it is this person whose support will be invaluable to the addict in getting help. He would inform the abuser of the actual Drug/Alcohol Rehab Program.

All of the family can be part of the Addiction Intervention team. The addict must know that all his family cherishes him and that they all care for him. The presence of a professional intervention counselor is advisable. Depending largely on individual circumstances, like the presence of pending legal issues, external pressures etc. or complete denial of any Substance Abuse this must be intensely considered.

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