Thursday, January 26, 2012

How does an intervention work?

Ideally an intervention will include all family members and close friends meaningful to the addict. Family and friends contemplating an intervention often feel anxiety and apprehension, sometimes even fear, and as such the pre intervention preparation period is important for the success of the intervention.
Generally the intervention professional will meet with the family and friends of the addict, and explain what will happen during the intervention, more about addiction in general, and what each persons specific role in the process will be.
Normally 2 or 3 meetings are held, and loved ones share their feelings and discuss what the most appropriate treatment options for the addict are. An informal practice session is often recommended, and this can increase the confidence and readiness of the participants, as well as improve the eventual intervention when it occurs.
The intervention will be scheduled, and may occur at any place deemed appropriate. The home is the most common site for an intervention, but a workplace, church, or any other comfortable venue may be used. The intervention professional will lead the process, and keep the tone of the intervention non confrontation, making sure that the addict realizes that what is being said is said with love and concern. The addict will hear from all in attendance, and letters from geographically distant relatives may also be read. The addict is forced to accept the gravity of the addiction, and the pain that this addiction is causing. The ultimate goal of an intervention is for the addict to accept that treatment is necessary, and immediately proceed to treatment that has been prearranged.
The vast majority of addicts, when confronted with the pain and suffering they cause, will accept the concern of their friends and family and begin the pre arranged treatment. Some will not go at first; but later that day, that week, or even weeks later, most people will get the help they need.

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