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Process of Intervention

An addiction intervention is meant to be a calm, relaxed dialogue to help the addict realize they need help. 75% of interventions end up with addicts entering treatment that very day. 92% of interventions land up with the addict in a rehab center within the week.

Alcohol Abuse Intervention

It is neither a confrontation nor a test of "who-can-be-more-pigheaded?" It is meant to make the lives of everyone involved happy, healthier, stress free and drug or alcohol free. There is still a lot of apprehension and worry surrounding the ideal of a substance abuse intervention. A person intervening for an addict because they care does not make them a "Judas." A person standing up for an addict and protecting them from themselves because they care does not make them a betrayer.

The most commonly used addiction interventional method is the ARISE method (A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement). This intervention is used in clinics all over the world. This three-point approach makes use of the level of effort used by the intervention network in relation to the addict's opposition to help motivate him or her to start alcoholism treatment or drug treatment.

Addiction Intervention is all about forming a set of connective supports with the purpose of changing addictive behavior. With a trained professional helping, the members of the network facilitate each stage of the drug intervention or alcohol intervention. Interventions are appropriate when the core members of the yet to be formed support system can no longer just sit by in good conscience and watch the abuser ruin their health and their life. There is never a perfect time for an intervention. If the support group is truly worried about the abusers welfare, then it is time for an intervention. Try to plan the intervention while the addict is sober and in a calm frame of mind.

ARISE Stages

  1. Telephone interventions that motivate:
    After instilling hope and a positive attitude that the drug intervention or alcohol intervention will succeed, those who can and will help are invited to the intervention meeting. The group is organized and taught techniques to ensure the addict comes to the first meeting.

  2. In the event the addict fails to enter treatment even after the intervention.
    Face-to-face sessions are conducted with or without the addict present, to rally the support system in emergent motivational strategies which have the primary goal of addiction treatment.

  3. This final intervention approach is not surprising to the addict and is an almost expected natural result. If the addiction intervention network has reached this point, the addict has been given the opportunity to enter treatment but the addict has refused help. This means that he or she is aware that their loved ones are intervening for them.

Family members convey their rules and limits that they have set in a loving and supportive approach. Family and friends must also get help with their enabling. They too must learn to stop protecting the abuser from the consequences of their actions, stop apologizing to others for the addict's behaviors and stop getting them out of jams created by their behavior.

Making the addict confront their problems and take responsibility for their actions will help them fully see the dangerous and harmful effects of their substance abuse habit.

The ARISE process is intended to defend and augment the longevity of family relations, while at the same time eliminating the dependence and behavior from controlling the family.

The addiction intervention process from the initial inquiry to actually meeting can last several weeks to a day. In certain situations however, immediate action must be taken to avert harm to the abuser as well as those around him or her. Analysis can in certain occasions come to paralysis; therefore it is better to resolve the problem as fast as possible. The healing process can begin only once intervention is over.

An addiction intervention team can consist of spiritual advisors, family, friends, or co-workers. Together they make a well-rounded and effective team. By shedding light on all secrets, the "conspiracy of silence" is broken.

Unfortunately, it is the casual family or co-worker interventions that can do more to estrange the abuser. This is because they find it difficult to distance themselves from the situation and since emotions run high, there are opportunities to blame and become angry. This merely complicates the situation. So a professional and detached addiction interventionist who brings in years of experience often knows the best way to avoid years of anxiety, outlay, and aggravation.

A professional interventionist can promptly organize the loved ones who want to help the addict into a focused support system keeping in mind the main goal: the fastest way to substance abuse treatment or rehab. This MUST be done in a caring process that is transparent, confident, positive and with firm resolve. Most professional substance abuse interventions end with the addict safely in treatment.

If this is not the case, the family, friends, and colleagues of the client should immediately cease all forms of tolerated behaviors. In short, the addict must be made aware of all the consequences of their behavior. The addict must understand that this is all done out of love. It must be apparent that this substance abuse is not acceptable and that the family will not tolerate any situation where they are forced to be audience to the addicts slow destruction of self.

Unless the addict is willing to help themselves, the support system must ensure tough love and this includes no supplying the addict with money for food or shelter as you are just enabling them and supplying their habit. At the same time you have to let the addict know you love them and when they are truly ready to seek help you will be there for them. Substance abuse intervention is thus a very excruciating process, because the true potency and doggedness of the addictive mind is then visible to the support system. Thus, a professional interventionist has to comfort and act as a buffer against all strong emotions to the abuser as well as their family.

Intervention is thus to be conducted in a serious, effective, safe, and confidential manner. It is a hands-on enlightening process that concentrates on the unsettling bedlam and calamity within affected families. The intervention for substance abuse is held in an effort to change all people in the crisis, with the emphasis on the addict. Listen carefully to how the abuser is taking it. Answer and encourage him or her as he or she seeks help. Instead of answering these directly, support him or her and get them to call a professional for help. Act fast and get him or her into an addiction treatment program before he or she backs out!

Call us any time toll free at 1-800-559-9503 for addiction intervention and one of our trained counselors will ensure attention to you or your loved one.
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