Intervention: What is It?
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Addiction does not only affect the person abusing drugs or alcohol, addiction also affects concerned family members and friends. These loved ones can often see the truth that substance abusers cannot: loved ones see that substance abusers need help, and that there is help available for them. While many people may want to tell their addicted loved ones that there is a way for them to get help, they may have a hard time knowing how to communicate the message.
Some of the following concerns may make them hesitant to talk with their addicted loved one: When is the right time? How can I assist my loved one get well? What’s my role in helping my family member get help for this dependency? How will my addicted loved one react? What if bringing up the addictions makes the problems worse? You can’t be frightened of confrontation: worry can’t stop you from taking action. It might seem impossible to find the right time and the right words, but holding an intervention with your addicted loved one is worth it. If you have a family member or loved one in the San Antonio area who is struggling with addiction, we can help you plan and hold an intervention.
Intervention is the most powerful tool to help with healing
An intervention is a counseling approach that appeals to a drug or alcohol abuser to participate in a rehab treatment program. It is a carefully planned event that enables family members help an addicted loved one to start their recovery process. The purpose of an intervention is to help substance abusers acknowledge that they have a problem, that they need help, and that there is help available. Interventions include the addict, members of the family, friends, and loved ones of the addict, and is guided through an interventionist.
During an intervention, an addict’s family and friends attempt to persuade the addict to enter into a rehabilitation treatment program (rehab), so that they may be able to receive treatment and fight addiction. The treatment facility is where the recovery process begins. For suggestions or assistance to plan an intervention for a loved one in the San Antonio area, contact us at 916-249-2665.
An effective team makes for an effective intervention
The person who facilitates and directs the intervention is referred to as the interventionist. We strongly encourage family members and friends to seek a qualified, experienced interventionist if they plan to host an intervention for their friend or loved one. Attempting an intervention without a professional is unwise, because friends and family are often too close to the situation to be objective. They’ll have problems discussing their emotions, and the intervention runs the danger of backfiring. To avoid miscommunication, the interventionist usually asks friends and family members to write a letter to, or make notes to be read aloud to the addict. Letters include encouragement to participate in treatment, emotional pleas, or even ultimatums referring to rehab and sobriety.
Interventionists are an objective third party; however, they need to be excellent communicators and an expert in regards to the disease. Interventionists are generally addicts in recovery, which permits them to convey an outside point of view to the conversation. An interventionist uses a familiar language for both the addict and the addict’s friends and family, and can communicate effectively with and among each party. It is only natural to feel unsure or worried about confronting a loved one, and you will have questions about whether you can, or when would be the ideal time. Remember that addicts live unhealthy lives as a result of the people they associate with, and the dangerous environments they visit looking for drugs or alcohol. Here are some suggestions to help anyone planning and holding an intervention: Create the intervention group; research addiction; make a detailed plan; rehearse and hold the intervention. To find an interventionist who is certified through the Association of Intervention Specialists or to speak with somebody regarding interventions, give us a call at 916-249-2665.
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Outpatient treatment is part-time, usually between 10 to 12 hours a week, meaning that the recovering user comes to the facility, but they do not stay in the facility. These programs usually run between three months to one year. Ultimately, outpatient treatment is right for those who have more mild addictions.
Inpatient treatment means the person stays at a facility for a period of time, usually between three weeks and six months. While staying at the facility, they undergo intensive treatment. Inpatient treatment has a higher success rate than outpatient treatment, but it is also more expensive. Further, inpatient treatment interrupts daily life. Ultimately, inpatient treatment is especially effective for those who have undergone serious addictions.
Residential treatment means that patients live in a residence with other patients. Treatment staff transport the patients to the treatment center each day. In this way, they experience the benefits of both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Residential treatment is best for those who want to keep their treatment and living areas separate, but they still want to separate themselves from their toxic environments.