Those suffering from an impulse control or substance use disorder may not be willing to seek treatment on their own. Oftentimes, a loved one or family member may be able to help the person recognize the need for and the potential benefits of a specialized treatment program. The NSDUH reports that in 2013, almost 96 percent of people who needed specialty treatment for a drug or alcohol use or dependency problem did not believe that treatment was necessary. Fewer than 20 percent of individuals battling intermittent explosive disorder, according to survey results published by Harvard Health, actually received specific treatment for their rage episodes.
Getting someone into treatment may be accomplished through an intervention. An intervention is a structured meeting between all people in someone’s social circle who may be impacted by the substance abuse and/or untreated impulse control disorder. The main goal is to help the person seek out and enter into a treatment program.
Since impulse control disorders may often be characterized by aggression, violence, and bouts of rage, it is helpful to have the input and guidance of a professional interventionist who is trained to plan and carry out an intervention for the safety of everyone involved. Family members, loved ones, coworkers, and other important people in an individual’s life may wish to be involved.
Typically, the intervention is planned in advance. Loved ones may write down specific instances where the person’s negative behaviors have impacted them personally to share during the meeting. The intervention is meant to be nonconfrontational. Participants should stick to “I” statements, talking about how certain situations made them feel and not point fingers. An interventionist can structure an intervention, so it goes smoothly and stays focused on the main goal – getting the person into treatment. The Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) is a member organization that can help loved ones find a registered interventionist nearby. Substance abuse, medical, and mental health providers may have interventionist resources as well.