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 be the perfect option. When an outside trained professional can compassionately and firmly guide a family through the process of getting the right help for the one, they love, it is a relief and oftentimes 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 programs immediately, other times there is a plan for success that is developed without a treatment program.
If you know someone who is in need of addiction intervention in Riverside County continue reading to learn more.
Preparing for an Intervention is very important. The interventionist will work with the concerned loved ones that are closest to the one suffering from substance abuse. 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.
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.
At Inland Detox, we use a five-step approach to participating in a drug addiction Intervention. Everyone we speak with deserves the time to truly map out the most successful plan of action.
Intervention must begin with understanding and researching the person, the family dynamics, the drug abuse or alcohol abuse, 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.
Building and understanding the history of the addiction will guide the Interventionist and the family when coordinating substance abuse treatment. This also includes taking the individual’s mental health in mind, customizing the plan for possible co-occurring disorders.
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 that will give them the best opportunity for long-term sobriety. The treatment facility and level of care is determined by the needs of each individual.
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, etc. The interventionist will help each family member prepare how to best equipped once the model, time, and place are determined.
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 substance abuse treatment, and for those who do not, the intervention team is prepared on how this will be handled.
When the person says “Yes”, they are whisked off to the addiction treatment 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.
Detoxification, Inpatient/Residential, and/or outpatient treatment are the levels of care a person will enter. Each level is based on the acuity and severity 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 like a treatment facility. 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, drug and is left behind and opportunities are endless.
Staging an intervention is one of the most important parts of the recovery journey. It can be the driving factor whether or not you get the substance abuse help you need. At Inland Detox in Temecula, California we provide a number of treatment options including support groups that are there for the recovery.
Our treatment center is only a phone call away. If you or someone you know needs more information about addiction intervention in Riverside County, call Inland Detox today at (951) 327-0216.