Intervention has been defined in various ways by various people, since the concept was introduced about 50 years ago. Originally, an intervention was oriented around confrontation and surrender; telling the addict how his destructive behavior was affecting the family, listing his wrongdoings, and giving the addict an ultimatum as a means of motivation and forcing him to eventually “give in” to the demands of the family. Many of these earlier styles of intervention, some still in practice, insist that an addict must admit to having a problem, and to his need for help, as a measure of intervention success. These models, however common their practice, have left behind a legacy of as much wreckage as they attempt to solve.
Modern day intervention professionals are apt to say that an intervention should be oriented around the love of the family, and designed to reach the part of the addict that wants to get better, while at the same time shutting down resources so that the person is essentially left with one solution, a way out, which is giving treatment a try. We agree with this style of intervention, when it is assisted by an experienced professional.
The sole purpose of an intervention is to guide the family, the circumstances, and the addict to make his own, personal choice to enter a drug treatment program, without force, humiliation, or intimidation.
There are a number of different types of interventions and approached to intervention.
We have found the most successful and least confrontational to be the “family intervention”. This type of intervention consists of bringing the family together as a group and uses each member to get the addict to agree to drug treatment.
Without an intervention specialist, a family intervention can be extremely difficult. An intervention professional can bring a wide selection of intervention services for each problem encountered, and since they are not family, the interventionist can maintain a distance and neutrality needed during the family intervention that family members cannot.
Another thing to keep in mind is transportation. An intervention may be successful in getting the agreement of the individual to go to a rehab center; however, there are a number of cases where an addict changes his mind during transport to the rehab center. This undoes everything the intervention created and puts you back at square one. It is for this reason that we recommend intervention transportation services. This helps to ensure that the person arrives at the rehab center and that the person can be started on their drug treatment program. Our interventions include transportation if it is needed.
Each person dealing with drug addiction will not be like any other. Therefore, each successful intervention is unique. For this reason, you need to have a skilled and experienced intervention specialist.
We have done over 200 family interventions and a great number of difficult transports and we also boast a 90% success rate due to our 8 years experience with interventions, transportation and drug treatment programs.
If you are struggling with someone who needs drug treatment, an intervention may be your best solution. However, it will always be in your best interest to first consult with an intervention specialist.
By picking up the phone and calling us, we can help you determine the absolute best way to move forward getting your loved one the help they need.