It can be challenging to help a loved one struggling with alcoholism, a drug problem, or other form of destructive addiction.
Those struggling with addiction are often in denial about their situation, and are often unwilling to seek treatment. They often do not have a grasp of the negative effects their behaviour has on their own lives, much less the lives of those around them, including children, spouses, parents, other family, friends or colleagues.
What Intervention is Done For?
A professional intervention is a powerful way to get an addict ignoring or denying their addiction 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 be embarked upon when the addiction becomes evident and disruptive to one’s life. Our goal is to interrupt the negative cycle of addictive behaviour long before the person “hits bottom”.
Addiction Intervention Overview
Specifically, an intervention is when a group of the addict’s loved ones gather together and 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.
Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres Interventions
Interventionists at Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres are certified, practicing addiction counsellors and are Certified Break Free Interventionist (CBI). The intervention approach models adhered to at Trafalgar are a combination of the:
The Invitational Model is straightforward and lacks the element of 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.
Confrontational approaches are not always the best option for interventions, especially with hostile or overly 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 emphasized.
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. Interventions are provided at no cost to those admitted for treatment within one of our residential facilities. Please ask your Trafalgar Admissions Advisor for complete details.