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Addiction Intervention

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It can be extremely challenging to help a loved one struggling with addiction.

Those struggling with addiction are often in denial about their situation, and are often unwilling to seek treatment. They often do not fully understand the negative effects their behaviour has on their own lives, much less the lives of those around them, including children, spouses, parents, other family members, friends or colleagues.

What is an Intervention?

A professional intervention is a powerful way to get an addict to truly address their addiction problems and to make a drastic lifestyle change.
At one time there was a belief that an addict could not be helped until they “hit bottom”. That should not be the case.

At Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, we believe that intervention and treatment should begin as early as soon as possible after the addiction is identified. Our goal is to interrupt the negative cycle of addictive behaviour long before the person “hits bottom.”

Hands are maing a love sign before an addiction intervention.

Addiction Intervention Overview

An intervention involves a group of the addict’s loved ones gathering together to confront them about the addiction and the harm it is causing.

To be successful, an intervention should be regarded as an opportunity for the addicted individual to break through denial, realize the effects of their addiction, and accept help in taking the first step toward recovery. The role of the interventionist is to act as guide, educator, and mediator throughout the intervention process.

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Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres Interventions

Interventionists at Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres are certified, practicing addiction counsellors and are Certified Break Free Interventionists (CBI). The intervention approach models used at Trafalgar are a combination of the following:

Invitational Model

The Invitational Model is straightforward and does not involve surprise. The family and friends of the addict schedule a workshop or meeting with the interventionist. A family or friend invites the addict to the “meeting,” while providing full knowledge about what will occur. It’s left up to the addict to decide whether to attend or not. However, the meeting is held whether the addict decides to attend or not.

Systemic Model

Confrontational approaches are not always the best option for interventions, especially with hostile or defensive addicts. The Systemic Intervention Model is a good choice in these cases. During meetings with the interventionist, the entire family discusses how everyone contributes to the addict’s continued abuse of substances or behaviours. Instead of forcing the addict to confront their denial of the problem, the focus is on how to encourage the individual to cease the addictive behaviour. Only behaviours and interactions that encourage positive abstinence are encouraged.

Motivational Model

The goal of this intervention technique is to encourage the addict to make positive behavioural changes by engaging in conversation. The interventionist aims to guide the addict by understanding his or her point of view, offering empathy and building trust.

How to Start an Intervention

An intervention starts with a phone call from a concerned loved one. The interventionist will conduct an assessment of the current situation, then develop a plan. The plan will start with a “loved one” meeting, where the interventionist will coach the family on how the process will unfold.

Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres offers professional interventions to any family in need. Please reach out to your Trafalgar Admissions Advisor for complete details.

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You or your loved one will receive treatment from the very best. We have a team of accredited professionals who have many years of clinical and research experience.

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Alexandra Perry
B.Sc., M.A.

Executive Director, Inpatient Treatment

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Nathaniel Israel
M.A., B.Sc. (Hons.), R.P., OAMHP

Executive Director, Virtual Outpatient Treatment

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