Interventions

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Interventions

Interventions at Inland Detox

When you love someone so much and can see they have a problem BUT they don’t see they have a problem — how can you get them help? This is a question we often hear from family members and we understand the struggle and fear they are experiencing. We have found that an interventionist can at times can be the perfect option. When an outside trained professional can compassionately and firmly guide a family through the process getting the right help for the one, they love, it is a relief and often times lifesaving.

Most of us have seen interventions done on TV and there is a fear that the person being intervened on will walk away, never speak to the family again, or even cause more harm to themselves. A well planned and executed intervention most often gleans amazing results, both for the family and the alcohol or drug dependent person. Positive outcomes are the goal for all interventions, sometimes they enter addiction treatment immediately, other times there is a plan for success that is developed without treatment.

The Ultimate Goal of an Intervention

Preparing for an Intervention is very important. The interventionist will work with the concerned loved ones that are closest to the one suffering from addiction. Getting all matters in order for a successful plan involves coordinating with everyone on when, where, and how the process will happen. The ultimate goal is to hear a “Yes” when the person is asked if they want help. Being prepared for the “Yes” or the “No” is where the professional and family work together to anticipate the steps needed to finesse the plan that is put in place.

What are the Models of Intervention?

There are four major models of Intervention and the model chosen is decided by working together with all participants. Most trained Interventionists will use a model or a combination best fit for the individual.

  • The Johnson Model — This is done in a surprise manner where the addict is confronted on their behavior.
  • The Arise Model — This is when the whole family comes together and without surprising the addict.
  • The Systemic Family Model — This is an invitational model where the addict is invited to attend all meetings.
  • Love First Model — This is a model that is done with or without an interventionist present.
Interventions

Five Step Approach to Intervention:

At Inland Detox, we use a five-step approach to participating in an Intervention. Everyone we speak with deserves the time to truly map out the most successful plan of action.

1. Assessment

Intervention must begin with understanding and researching the person, the family dynamics, the drugs and alcohol used, the background, and any and all events leading up to the point of seeking help. Both the Interventionist and the family will discuss the behaviors of the person needing treatment.

  • What type of drugs do they use?
  • How much and how often are they using?
  • What is their age?
  • Have they attempted to get help before?

Building and understanding the history of will guide the Interventionist and the family when coordinating treatment.

2. Looking at Levels of Care

Many times, an interventionist will facilitate the means to take the person to treatment. The important item is – where will they go to treatment? We hope always that Inland Detox is at the top of the list – however, we know from experience, the right and ethical approach is to find the right place for each person. The treatment facility and level of care is determined by the needs of each individual.

3. The Intervention Plan

Most interventions are planned in advance to determine who will be most supportive and effective. The order in which a person shares, who sits by who. The interventionist will help each family member prepare how to best equipped once the model, time and place are determined.

4. The Intervention

By the day of the intervention, an actual “intervention team” has been formed. All participants are ready and prepared with what they are to say and how to best express their concerns. The Interventionist’s role is to bring order and carry out the plan. This is the first time the addict or alcoholic will meet the interventionist, and many times, as soon as they walk into the room, they know what is happening. More often than not the person accepts treatment, and for those who do not, the intervention team is prepared on how this will be handled.

5. After The Intervention

When the person says “Yes”, they are whisked off to the addiction center by the interventionist. Most facilities have a blackout period before their loved one can be reached. Interventionists usually stay involved with the family and also communicate with the facility to ensure all is going as planned.

More than 67,300 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2018

What Is Addiction Treatment Like?

Detoxification, Inpatient/Residential and/or outpatient treatment are the levels of care a person will enter. Each level is based on the acuity and severeness of the presenting problem. Each person will have a different experience at each level of care.

 

It is common for most people to have life changing experiences; it is a time to be able to address all issues while in a safe environment. Addiction Treatment facilities are staffed with clinicians and professionals that are understanding and non-judgmental.

 

The most important aspect is this is where lives change, drugs and alcohol are left behind and opportunities are endless.