If you're seeking treatment for a drug or alcohol disorder (for yourself or a loved one), you're not alone.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (statistics for the year 2017):
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2017), drug abuse and addiction cost the American society more than $740 billion in lost workplace productivity, healthcare expenses, and crime-related costs.
Not long ago it was commonly thought that the best way to deal with a person with a drug or alcohol abuse problem was to wait until they hit "rock bottom." The thinking was that when an addict's life was impacted adversely enough, they would seek help on their own.
This thought process has evolved. The medical community now states that drug addiction is a disease--not a moral failure, or a series of bad life choices. Because of this, there's now a greater emphasis on helping those afflicted with the disease of addiction, rather than punishing them.
With this new outlook on addiction, how do you help an addict get treatment? That's where an intervention comes in.
According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, the definition of intervention is as follows: "an action taken to intentionally become involved in a difficult situation in order to improve it, or prevent it from getting worse."
In the context of drug and alcohol addiction, an intervention is the process by which family, friends, counselors, or professional intervention specialists show a person who struggles with addiction the negative impact the disease is having on their life and on the lives of those who care for them.
At this point, you may be asking yourself this question: But do I need to do an intervention?
If simply talking to your loved one about your concerns for them doesn't seem to work (they may even deny they have a problem), a group intervention can be an effective next step. An intervention will help you show the addicted person just how much their actions negatively impact family and friends, as well as themselves.
What are the signs to look for when deciding whether or not to intervene?
There are many outward signs that someone is struggling with addiction. Your loved one may experience one or more of these manifestations of drug or alcohol abuse:
A substance abuser who is in denial is the most typical candidate for an intervention. It is thought that as many as 95% of addicts don't even recognize they have a problem. However, some aren't in denial at all, but are fearful of treatment because they're aware they'll have to go through withdrawal.
Many substance abusers struggle with co-occurring addiction and mental illness. This, of course, brings added conflict. Dealing with mental health issues can be complicated. For example, if the addict suffers from something like bipolar or borderline personality disorder, they may agree to treatment on one day but not the next. This can be typical behavior for all addicts, but is more prominent in those who are mentally ill.
It's wise to use the services of a trained professional to guide the process of a drug and alcohol intervention. An interventionist can provide the information needed to conduct a thorough and safe intervention.
An interventionist is an individual who is in recovery from substance abuse, typically, has been clean and sober for several years, and is, therefore, uniquely qualified to serve as a mediator between a person who suffers from addiction and their family.
An effective interventionist not only focuses on getting the addict into rehab, but also helps the family to:
One of the most important tasks of a professional interventionist is to restore the responsibility for addiction and recovery to where it belongs.
Most often, when family and friends struggle with an addicted loved one, they see it as their task to fix the addiction. They spend all kinds of time and effort to get their loved one to change. When this doesn't work, they fall into the habit of simply putting up with the situation, which only enables the addiction to continue.
Seeing that they are unable to change the addict's behavior, the family then assumes that the same will be true with any attempts they make to get the addict to rehab, thus they leave the decision to enter rehab up to the addict.
The interventionist helps to facilitate a change in the family dynamic to the proper balance: the substance user needs to be held accountable for their own addiction by making the changes necessary to overcome addiction, and the family needs to take the responsibility for holding an intervention to shift accountability back onto the addict where it belongs.
An effective interventionist will bring all the personalities of a family together, with all their diverse opinions, and help refocus everyone on a single solution that provides hope and direction.
An intervention specialist is essential to the intervention process.Confronting an addict without professional help can actually make things worse.
Once the decision has been made to do an invention, what happens next?
If someone in your family is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may feel hopeless and helpless. The behavior you see in your addicted loved one is often problematic and destructive. The addict, on the other hand, sees their actions and decisions as "normal." The difference between the family's outside (objective) point of view and the addict's inside (subjective) point of view often leads to frustration, resentment, and confusion for all parties.
You may feel helpless but you aren't.
An intervention will help your family to take a proactive stance. However, an effective intervention takes preparation and planning.
The first step is to know what an intervention is NOT. Here are a few pointers:
Now, here are some tips to help you hold an intervention that can create positive change.
To begin with, there are 3 general intervention categories: direct, indirect, and forcible.
Most types of interventions fall into the direct category. Direct interventions involve family members, friends, and loved ones confronting the addict with the support of an invertional specialist.
This intervention method is characterized by the following:
The goal of an indirect intervention is to involve both the family and the substance abuser in the process. Here are some characteristics of this method:
Forcible interventions are carried out by professionals with the purpose of having an individual committed against their will.
It's important to note that interventions can be formal with an interventionist present, or informal, without a professional presence. Across the board, formal interventions are far more effective.
With this information in mind, following are 8 intervention methods for you to consider.
The cost of an intervention varies widely. While some basic interventions cost between $1,800 to $2,000 dollars (plus airfare and lodging), many will range from $3,500 to $10,000.
There are many factors that determine the price of an intervention, which includes:
An intervention should be based on a person's need. Perhaps your loved isn't yet addicted to drugs or alcohol but is showing some dangerous behaviors that you need to call to their attention. Prevention is one of the most powerful tools to protect a loved one. In this case, a brief (evidence-based) tactic may be just what's needed.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), an evidence-based intervention "is not intended to treat people with serious substance dependence, but rather to treat problematic or risky substance use. In primary care settings, brief interventions last from 5 minutes of brief advice to 15-30 minutes of brief counseling."
In this type of on the spot counseling, you'll usually be charged only for office hours which makes this cost on the lower end of the scale.
If your loved one's addiction is beyond the needs of a brief intervention, it's advisable to hire a professional interventionist. This, of course, will be the most expensive option, but will offer you the best chance of success.
In some cases, the interventionist may be required to travel to you and spend the night. While some of these services include these kinds of costs in the fee, others do not. Make sure you find out the scope of these fees, as lodging and airfare can be expensive additional costs.
Additionally, a successful intervention requires thorough preparation and execution. The process may need to take place over a two-day period (the first being the family consultation and the second the actual intervention). And, even in some cases, the interventionist may need to stay for several days.
Things to note:
Prolonged substance abuse can be quite costly. If left untreated, a substance abuse disorder can cause acute financial problems. This lifestyle also amasses physical, mental and emotional costs that far exceed financial concerns.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, "According to several conservative estimates, every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. Major savings to the individual and to society also stem from fewer interpersonal conflicts; greater workplace productivity; and fewer drug-related accidents, including overdoses and deaths."
While these costs may seem overwhelming, consider the fact that this financial investment is also an investment in your loved one's future, sobriety, and health.
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