intervention /in·ter·ven·tion/ (-ven´shun)
1. the act or fact of interfering so as to modify.
2. any measure whose purpose is to improve health or alter the course of disease.
Even at their sickest, the addict can accept the reality of his problem if it is presented in a way that he can understand. The goal is to break through the denial of the illness.
Interventions are never for the purpose of shaming, blaming, attacking or expressing anger. During an intervention, participants are assisted in “holding up a mirror” for the addicted person to see the severity of the problem, through the eyes of the participants. In addition to denial, which is a chief symptom of addiction, the addicted person has blinders of shame, pride and guilt that does not allow for a realistic self-assessment.
Addicted people have often lost the ability to ask for help and live with the delusion they can stop on their own and do not need help. The truth is the alcoholic, drug addict, compulsive gambler, spender, sex addict, workaholic and codependent are trapped in a powerful, chronic, progressive and often fatal illness that left untreated has serious consequences for both the addicted and those who love and care about them. Addiction robs people of their lives before it kills them.
A properly assessed and well-orchestrated drug, alcohol, or behavioral intervention has been a proven and effective way to begin the healing process. STR intervention services have immediately helped struggling individuals access the gift of recovery. Our licensed clinicians and Certified National Drug & Alcohol Interventionist utilize a variety of approaches, which are best determined on a case-by-case basis. A properly facilitated intervention involves education, compassion, and a thorough understanding of the dynamics involved in a loved one’s addiction. Steps to Recovery’s intervention team uses the utmost care in designing a highly successful intervention strategy suited to the individual. The team and the family work collaboratively with our consultants and case managers resulting in a treatment plan optimum for assisting each individual to take the first steps toward achieving long-term recovery. Call today for a free confidential intervention consultation at 1-888-755-7227
STR Intervention Process
- Call Steps to Recovery for a phone consultation. During this call, the intervention coordinators conduct a brief assessment of your case and will recommend the best course of action to begin the intervention process.
- Involves determining whether a formal intervention will be necessary. A common misconception is that an intervention only consists of family and loved ones joining together to help the addicted person come to the conclusion that they need help. STR looks at an intervention by the very definition of the word, and understands through experience that not every individual will require a “formal” intervention. Most of the time, we are successful in helping the addicted person see that their lives are unmanageable and that without treatment for their illness, they will continue on their destructive path. However there are certain individuals, who in order to break through the denial of their illness, will require a “formal” intervention. 1-888-755-7227
If a “formal” intervention is deemed necessary,
- Finalize the date of the intervention. STR Interventionists will assist with travel arrangements, and what facility is most appropriate for the individual. All the admissions details will be handled prior to the intervention taking place. This ensures that on the day of the intervention, everyone involved can focus on the task at hand.
- Prepare a letter to your loved one which will be read at the intervention. STR Interventionists will educate you about what the focus of this letter should be. Every intervention is different and is tailored to the addicted person.
- Attend a pre-intervention meeting. Whenever possible, STR Interventionists will conduct the pre-intervention meeting on the same day of the intervention. During this time, all participants can communicate any last minute questions, concerns or fears surrounding the intervention.
- Show up to the intervention. This is the most crucial and often the hardest step. A successful intervention relies on the loved ones involved trusting the process and allowing the interventionist to facilitate properly. Families often begin to second-guess themselves because of a worry that there will be a confrontation. The STR Intervention staff will be available for ongoing support during this step.
Once the intervention is complete, the final step is to have the addicted person enter a treatment facility. The treatment center chosen will be aware of the intervention taking place, and will be ready to accept the individual to begin the treatment process.