When it comes to treating substance addiction, we, at Addiction Care Recovery Services, recommend staging an intervention as soon as possible. But do interventions work?

What is the purpose of an intervention?

The primary goal of any addiction intervention is to change the patient’s behavior and promote the necessity of rehab in treating the addiction. Furthermore, interventions are also useful in dealing with codependency, which is more widespread than it might seem. There are many cases where family members enable the addict’s bad habits, and provide emotional and financial support, not realizing the harm they cause.

During an intervention, the expert will make sure everyone maintains their focus on the goal of the meeting. Since the addict will most likely display the usual manipulative behavior (victimization, denial, anger, frustration, blaming), having an experienced interventionist on site is a must. The expert will not only participate in planning the process, but guide the intervention, and help to rebuild the family’s unity and harmony.

How do you form an intervention?

The process relies on several steps like:

Planning the procedure – You contact our team, detail your case, and set the details of the intervention. During this stage, you will establish the location, date, and time of the meeting, while processing the payment and making travel arrangements on the side.

Gather necessary information – To ensure the success of the procedure, you will need to provide our expert with critical information about the patient’s condition and mental state. Depending on the findings, the interventionist may recommend a fitting rehab facility as a follow-up.

Decide on the members – Those why will participate during the intervention will be people close to the patient, like relatives, close friends, and even co-workers. The interventionist’s presence is a must as well.

Write down your ideas – You must know in advance what speech to present and what ideas to highlight when discussing with the patient. Take your time and write everything down, so you won’t miss anything.

Consider failure – Do interventions work? Yes, they absolutely do. But they can also fail, when the patient simply refuses the treatment, despite all our collective efforts. At that moment, you must be prepared to stand your ground and don’t give in to the patient’s attempt at emotional manipulation.

Follow-up strategy – Depending on the outcome of the intervention, you will need a follow-up plan. If the intervention is a success, the rehab treatment may begin. If it fails, our expert will guide you through the next steps. One thing is sure – giving up is not an option.

What to know before staging an intervention?

You must remember that interventions are not fail-proof. Sometimes, things don’t go our way, and when that happens, you must stick to the plan. Do interventions work most of the time? Absolutely. And while failure will remain a possibility, it’s by no means the end of the road.

Even if the procedure fails, we still have tools to fix the problem. Contact our team, at Addiction Care Recovery Services, and let’s begin!

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