When an individual is struggling with addiction, families also bear the consequences of the disease. As a result, families often experience a poor quality of life financially, psychologically and spiritually, and take on enabling and/or codependent behavior.
If you have a loved one in denial about the severity of his or her addiction and how it affects the family, call us today for intervention help. We will connect you to an experienced interventionist who will travel to you for an in-person intervention or who will conduct an intervention via phone.
Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family and may be related to traits passed down from generation to generation. The focus of a viable alcohol or drug intervention program should focus on how addiction has affected the entire family system and how to stop the cycle from repeating and being passed on to future family members.
Robert has worked in state licensed inpatient treatment centers and detoxification facilities as a counselor, program developer, educator, director of admission and clinical supervisor. Robert is currently licensed by the State of Tennessee in addiction counseling and clinical supervision.
Robert has extensive training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Co-Active Life Coaching, Egan’s Skilled Helper Model and the Johnson Model of Intervention and is certified in Family Systemic Intervention© and ARISE(tm). He has trained with the leading experts in Addiction, Intervention, Epigenetics, and Intergenerational Trauma.
Tina was a probation and parole officer for 18 years with the State of Missouri. She was an adjunct professor for Southeast Missouri State University. She has also worked as a Behavioral Health Consultant for FQHC’s, worked in a psychiatric hospital, and was the diagnostician and clinical director of an adolescent dual diagnosis residential treatment facility.
Are you nervous or worried about an intervention?
The good news is that we do this every day and are highly experienced in guiding people toward the truth that addiction is a problem and your loved one needs help. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.
How the Intervention Process Works
The purpose of an intervention is to get your loved one into treatment so that he or she, in addition to you and your family, can achieve long-term recovery.
Frequently Asked QuestionsFor many families, an intervention is a last resort. If you have a loved one that is an alcoholic or drug addict and either can’t – or won’t – seek help on their own, an intervention is probably the only hope you have. The fact that you’re even considering an intervention shows just how desperate your situation has become. During this time you may find yourself having many unanswered questions about the entire process. The following is a list of frequently asked questions that can help provide you those answers.
What Is An Intervention?
Simply put, an intervention for alcohol and substance abuse is a gathering of a professional interventionist and concerned family and friends who are committed to helping an individual whose addictive lifestyle is wreaking havoc on him and those who love him. American Addiction Centers utilizes a non-confrontational family systemic intervention approach that is highly effective in convincing your loved one to accept help and enter treatment.
Family Systemic Intervention is the only evidenced based intervention approach that examines factors that contribute to a client’s substance abuse behavior. To understand these factors, the interventionist considers the family’s various structural elements and how they contribute to the substance abuse. These elements might include the power hierarchy, roles, rules, alignments, and communication patterns within the family. Through Family Systemic Intervention, the interventionist can help the family identify dysfunctional areas, adjust its hierarchy, change various roles that members play, change dysfunctional rules, alter dysfunctional alignments between family members, and replace dysfunctional communications with clear, direct, and effective communication. The identified client, your loved one is brought into this change and compelled to examine his role within the family system, with the catalyst being acceptance of the need to change and enter treatment.
How Do You Arrange For An Intervention?
You have chosen to contact American Addiction Centers, a leader in dual diagnosis treatment. You have been asked to answer questions posed by the treatment consultant and a clinical assessment has been made whether or not an intervention is necessary. If it is, you will be connected to a, nationally certified interventionist who will handle the intervention. Since the goal is to get the addict into treatment, during this call with the treatment consultant, all these arrangements can be made ahead of time, including insurance, so that at the conclusion of the intervention, if your loved one is willing to accept treatment, he can be immediately transported to the treatment facility.
How Do You Plan an Intervention?
The interventionist will contact you and other concerned family members, probably several times over the course of the next few days leading up to the set date of the intervention and admission to the treatment facility. There will be discussion of what you need to do, and a schedule prepared. You will need to arrange for the gathering of family, friends, possibly clergy, even co-workers, to participate in the intervention itself.
You need to be organized and you need to work with the interventionist in developing a plan. The interventionist will normally arrive the day before and will schedule a pre-meeting the evening prior to the intervention. Each participant in the intervention will be required to discuss how addiction has impacted their lives. This is the evidence that will be presented during the intervention. The interventionist then discusses the plan and what each participant needs to do and to expect during the intervention. Ulterior motives are squashed and each participant commits to the process and change. It’s important that everyone acts as a team, firm in their commitment to help the addict.
The addict is then invited to sit down with the family for a family meeting. Evidence has shown that confrontation should be only the last resort. Many times the addict is seeking answers and has made efforts to control the addictive behavior. We do not want to discourage him from this introspection by ganging up on him
What Happens On Intervention Day?
According to the plan the interventionist will outline the nature of the issues and how the addictive behavior has impacted the family. The addict may yell, scream, deny everything and argue vehemently. This is to be expected. After all, we are challenging their addictive existence, and their survival imperative is trying to protect what has become their only coping and adaptive skill.
Any conflicts that arise, the interventionist will handle. That’s what he is trained to do.
You do need to be extremely patient. It isn’t the addict’s fault that they are reacting this way. While they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, they are not able to think rationally. They don’t see the destruction their way of life has wreaked on relationships with family and friends. They can’t. But the intervention is a way to break through this wall of denial. In fact, the interventionist is trained to chip away at the addict’s resistance.
The addict accepts the need to embrace change and agrees to enter treatment, and the arrangements have already been made, the individual is then escorted by the interventionist immediately to the treatment center.
The interventionist reports to the treatment center the results of the intervention. This gives the treatment facility a head-start on the patient’s personalized treatment plan.
Will Intervention Be Enough?
Intervention, by itself, is only the first step in the recovery process. The substance abuser needs to come out of denial and make a commitment to get help. The fact that you’ve arranged for an intervention for your loved one is a testament of how much you care for him.
Studies show an intervention success rate of 90 to 95 percent for drug and alcohol addiction – but this is dependent on the interventionist and the commitment of family and friends to help the addict.
Remember that the addict isn’t the only one who’s affected. Even after the individual undergoes treatment, follow-up counseling and support group meetings are required. In addition, family counseling, and continued support for the family through support groups such as Al-Anon, even church-affiliated support groups, can help reinforce positive messages and alleviate stress along the way.
American Addiction Centers has a team of qualified interventionists available to help
When Is The Best Time To Do An Intervention?
The question about timing for an intervention is a common one. Should you wait until the addict has been arrested for a DUI or is sick in the hospital from an overdose? Should you wait until the addict finishes college/loses their job/finalizes their divorce/gets that raise…etc etc…
The list can really go on and on, because pulling the trigger on an intervention is a scary proposition. Most people procrastinate when it comes to confronting someone they love who has an addiction.
From the outside this can be baffling. Friends who are more detached from the situation may be whispering, “Why don’t they get him some help?!”
From the inside there are many reasons people delay treatment, not least of which is the fact that the addict is an expert manipulator and has likely found ways to cow relatives into ignoring their addiction.
The answer to the question is, the best time to do an intervention is when you recognize an intervention is necessary. Otherwise, you are sure to talk yourself out of it. You will make excuses for the addict. They aren’t that bad. If they get that new job they will be happier and stop drinking so much. When that bad influence moves out of town they’ll stop using cocaine. When they break up with that pothead girlfriend they’ll slow down and see the light.
Forget all the reason you should postpone the intervention, and focus on the reasons you should do it now. Here are some compelling reasons that NOW is the best time to do an intervention:
- Addiction gets worse, not better, over time. The addict might try to white-knuckle short periods of sobriety, but when they start up again, it’s usually much worse.
- If you think the impact is bad now, wait a year or two or three. DUIs can start piling up; job losses; divorce; financial losses; and deterioration of physical health will all start to be more and more compelling. Why wait until more damage is done?
- There is a point when the “bottom” may be too low, may even be death. Do you want to risk that one time they combine too many sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, and pain killers with alcohol?
- If you have children and the addict is the other parent, are you really doing your family any favors by putting off the inevitable? The negative impact on children of having an actively using addict as a parent is well-documented in the literature.
This can be a confusing time. Your loved one may be very intimidating when under the influence. You might feel like you just can’t face them. This is why hiring a highly experienced interventionist can be the answer.
American Addiction Centers has a staff of Interventionists available to help.
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