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Addiction Intervention Information

Addiction intervention often is the families’ only remaining option when dealing with a loved one addicted to drugs and alcohol that refuses to stop drug or alcohol abuse. This should not occur as the addict does not necessarily need to hit bottom to realize addiction rehabilitation is possible. The addict denies drug and alcohol addiction because the moment an addict admits he or she is suffering addiction is the very second something has to be done about it.

Denial and refusal to get help goes against everything the drug addict or alcoholic knows as pro-survival. In other words, he needs to commit substance abuse to feel normal, drugs or alcohol have value and mean survival to the addict.

Addiction intervention is used as a last resort and shouldn’t be. Lots of pain and heartache can be prevented when using a professional interventionist to perform addiction intervention. Professional interventionists can be employed despite the anguish of past experiences. Addiction interventions are successful ninety percent of time if the family holds firm. Learn more about interventions, interventionists and how the process works.

What is an Intervention?

Addiction intervention is a pre-planned attempt by one or many people (family, friends, co-workers, neighbors) to get the addict to seek professional addiction treatment, enter a drug rehab, alcohol rehabilitation or substance abuse treatment center.  Interventions can be held by family members and close friends and take place as part of the addiction rehabilitation process.  It is never too early to do an addiction intervention, but it can most assuredly be too late.

The first part in planning an intervention is to find the correct substance abuse treatment, drug treatment, drug rehabilitation or alcohol rehab program for the drug or alcohol addict. Normally those seeking help will work out the best option for treatment and often the drug treatment center or alcohol rehab will have an addiction intervention company they work closely with or professional interventionist on staff that can assist. Choosing the drug rehab first reduces the confusion and speeds up the process of getting the addict into the substance abuse treatment or drug rehabilitation program

Informal Intervention for Drug Alcohol Addiction

An informal intervention is usually a conversation a family member, friend or co-worker whom the drug addict or alcoholic trusts and whose opinion he or she values. These interventions are usually non confrontational and often done as a means to handle the drug or alcohol problem before things get out of hand.

Pointers for an informal intervention:

  • Understand the components and mechanics of addiction.
  • Speak to a professional about doing the intervention
  • Find a neutral spot to approach when the addict is sober and in a calming, private place
  • Plan what you’re going to say & mentally prepare yourself for the intervention.
  • Convey your affection and respect to the addict.
  • Don’t attempt to make the person feel wronged or ashamed, getting addiction treatment is a good thing, love and help should be conveyed to the person with the problem.
  • Stirring already mounting feelings of guilt and shame only cause upset and make matters worse, if things get out of hand, withdraw.

Assumption intervention

This type of addiction intervention is done by leaving information about drug or alcohol addiction and substance treatment lying around in hopes the drug or alcohol addict will become curious and seek drug treatment on their own. Although addiction interventions of this type can be plausible, they are rarely successful although worth the attempt to avoid turning matters confrontational and possibly violent.

Addiction Intervention Models

There are basically two models of addiction intervention that are commonly practiced by Addiction Intervention specialists today. The Johnson Model, which is based on the philosophy, seeks to break the denial of the individual.  The second and more recent addiction intervention model is predicated on Motivational Interviewing.  It accepts the denial as unimportant to other core issues.

Addiction Intervention – Johnson Model

The Johnson Model of Intervention is named after Vernon Johnson who is thought by some to be the father of intervention. Johnson believed that it was a myth that individuals would wake up one day and realize all of their own volition that they needed to seeks treatment for their alcohol or drug problem.

In the Johnson Model a professional interventionist helps family, friends and even employers to confront the drug addict or alcoholic individual.  Many interventionists today will have each family member express their care for the person in their own words.  This will be followed by statements of how the chemically dependent person is hurting his or her self as well as hurting the speaker. This will be followed by guarantees of support for the positive behavior of entering treatment, but also an explanation of negative consequences if the individual refuses substance abuse treatment.  In this way the proverbial “bottom” is raised so that the chemically dependent person may seek help before doing further damage. If these consequences are not met and held firm, the intervention will not work. The drug addict or alcoholic has to know his behavior is not okay and will not be tolerated anymore or he will never agree to get help.

Addiction Intervention and Motivational Interviewing

In 1991, long after the Johnson Model had been accepted as the best practice model of intervention, William Miller, of the University of New Mexico, and Stephen Rollnick, faculty at the University of Wales College of Medicine, developed a research based approach to intervention. Their seminal work Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behavior acknowledges that not all individuals may be open to the direct tactics employed by the Johnson intervention model.

In their work Miller and Rollnick propose a methodological approach which looks at stages of change in the client.  Through Motivational Interviewing they seek to have the professional counselor, or interventionist, work with the addict to gain willingness to change. Obviously, inherent in this is an assumption that the drug addict or alcoholic will desire change when they understand how and why their substance abuse is causing harm. The addiction counselors or addiction interventionist appropriate course of action is therefore determined by the driving motivations behind the addicts desire to change. Motivational Interviewing suggests that “client resistance is a therapist problem”; not the problem of the client. In this model addiction intervention professionals take corrective courses in their own actions to bring about change in the client.
Addiction interventionist

Addiction interventionist should have a good understanding of addiction and the components therein. He or she must also possess of sense of leadership and comfort the family in his confidence he will get the drug addict or alcoholic help and on his or her way to addiction recovery. An addiction interventionist must have a sense of integrity and personal value in order to properly help the family and loved one. Many interventionists know the proper for addiction treatment needed and should convey those concerns to the family. This means going to the trouble and expense of performing an addiction intervention should result in the drug addict or alcoholic entering the best possible addiction treatment option that will ensure permanent addiction recovery.

Intervention and AddictionWatch.com

When you need the services of an addiction interventionist for any kind of treatment it is essential to become as educated as you possibly can about addiction. There are many things to know about drug addictions, the various kinds as well as alcoholism. Please keep in mind that the majority of treatment centers available to you are for profit programs, and they may or may not have your best interested in mind.

Most interventionists are considered first responders, the first ones to arrive to the scene and many feel that if they can just get your loved out of danger they have done their job. And to degree that is true, but not for the long run necessarily. It is always a good idea of know before you go, as the saying goes. In other words, have your plan worked out before you engage the services of the addiction interventionist. Or, if you may ask the interventionist for their advice on which treatment option works best. Regardless, it is imperative that you have treatment options arranged and planned out as best you can prior to performing the intervention.

That’s where you may find a difference in the addiction intervention methods that we use here at AddictionWatch.com. The Certified Intervention Professionals here will spend as much time as is needed preparing, so you have as much knowledge as possible and confidence that what you are doing is the right thing to do. There is no sense standing my waiting for your loved one to hit bottom, something can be done and the time to act is now!

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