Drug Intervention Programs

A drug intervention is a structured, solution-oriented process undertaken to persuade someone who is abusing drugs to seek help in overcoming the addiction. Family, friends, and others involved in the person’s life use the intervention to demonstrate the extent of the effects of drinking and related behaviors. A successful intervention is not a confrontation but an opportunity for an addicted individual to accept help in taking the first step toward recovery. Often, an interventionist is invited to serve as a guide and educator before, during, and after the intervention.

Is a Drug Intervention Necessary?

Some drug addicts can and do recognize the extent of the problems stemming from drug abuse and seek treatment without the need for an intervention. Most, however, are reluctant or unable to realize that drugs are responsible for the problems in their relationships, health, or work. They ignore the safety issues related to drinking and driving and other high-risk behaviors. It is common for addicts to deny that drugs are the source of the difficulties they face.They may instead blame other people or circumstances in their lives. When that happens, an intervention can break through the denial and help these individuals clearly see the effects of their drug abuse on the people who matter most to them.

Finding an Interventionist

Experienced interventionists have the knowledge and training to help families, friends, and coworkers participate in the intervention in a helpful and nonjudgmental manner. They typically conduct pre-intervention preparation, serve as moderators during the intervention, and provide assistance in transitioning individuals into treatment programs after successful interventions. To find a qualified interventionist and learn about your options, call (800) 943-0566 and speak with an addiction treatment advisor.

Intervention Models

During intervention, the group focuses on a consistent, collective expression of caring and support for the individual.

Interventionists implement various models. The Johnson model contrasts the individual’s positive personality traits with negative traits resulting from the addiction. During intervention, the group focuses on a consistent, collective expression of caring and support for the individual. According to the Association of Intervention Specialists, more than 90% of addicts are willing to seek treatment after experiencing the Johnson model. The systemic model assumes that all participants in the intervention process will become involved in recovery. They all receive education and counseling even if the addicted individual refuses therapy. Under the ARISE model, the addicted person is involved in the process from the beginning rather than being pulled into the intervention without warning. The model focuses on introducing the entire family to recovery and healing, with no shame or blame involved.

Preparing for Success and the Possibility of Failure

At the end of a successful drug abuse intervention, the addicted individual enters a treatment program. It’s likely that the person’s motivation to seek help is high at that point, so having a plan of action for implementing the best treatment option is crucial. An interventionist can guide the family in choosing the best treatment model for the situation and make preliminary arrangements in anticipation of a successful outcome.To encourage the individual to enter treatment immediately, the family is often asked to pack a bag and make any necessary living arrangements in advance. All is not lost, however, if the intervention fails. Participants may have told the individual during intervention that they will no longer tolerate certain behaviors. The interventionist can help them follow through on their resolutions if the addicted individual rejects treatment. In addition, hearing the ways in which drinking and subsequent behaviors have negatively affected family and friends may plant a seed that takes weeks or even months to bear fruit. By providing the addicted individual with information about available treatment alternatives, the intervention may increase the likelihood of future treatment.

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