An intervention is a process that helps people understand how their drug or alcohol use has become destructive to themselves or others. The goal of an intervention is to lovingly and respectfully encourage a loved one to seek help for their addiction to drugs or alcohol. An intervention is often the first step in helping a person recognize the need for change and treatment. As part of an intervention, family and friends are educated about substance abuse so they can support their loved one’s recovery process in an informed and unified way.
Thoughts from Chris Wright, Co-Founder, Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc.
I’ve learned many things after years of providing treatment to those who struggle with alcohol or other drugs. One key take-away is that families who participate in our family education have better outcomes. What do I mean by that?
The person in treatment is more likely to experience sustained recovery and avoid relapse.
Theentire family is more likely to operate in a healthy way.
Other family members who may also have issues with drugs or alcohol are more likely to seek treatment.
You know the expression, “The best defense is a good offense?” My days serving our nation in Vietnam gave me plenty of opportunity to practice that principal. Sometimes, while my platoon was marching through the jungle, we’d hear a twig snap nearby. Instead of dropping down into a watchful crouch, that snapping twig was our cue to race towards the noise, weapons poised for action. We never discovered an opponent lying in wait, but if we had, we’d have been ready.
That experience has carried over in the work I do today, and I consider being on the offense a great tool in the world of recovery. Relapse: it can be lying in wait around the corner, but you can disarm it by being proactive. Here’s how that works:
What makes people become addicts or alcoholics? It’s important to understand that those who become chemically-dependent upon alcohol or other drugs had more vulnerable brains than the “Average Joe” before they even began drinking or using. In my practice, I am often aware that some or all of these factors are playing a part in the development of substance use or abuse:
The Professional’s Perspectiveis written by interventionist and family counselorRicki Townsend
People oftentellme about a loved one’s drinking or drug use, and then they want me totell themif their loved one is an addict or alcoholic. I would respectfully suggest they cananswer that question themselves by asking several other questions:
How is drinking or drug use impacting the loved one’s life? How is it impacting others?
How is their health? Their job? Their schoolwork? Their family relationships?
Have they developed new friendships and left old friendships behind? How’s that working?
Do they have legal problems associated with drug or alcohol use?
What is their attitude about their lives? Angry? Sad? Argumentative?