What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a process for approaching an alcoholic or drug addict who shows no sign of coming to awareness that they have a problem.
Why have an Intervention?
Staging an intervention with a loved one who can be a critical moment in helping them make a decision to get help. Struggling with addiction and alcoholism, a loved one may want to get help but is afraid to ask, or afraid to leave their lifestyle behind. Generally, all the planning for treatment will be done before the intervention event itself. Lining up the treatment plan gives little room for argument when it comes to “figuring it all out”. All a loved one has to do is say “yes” and they are off to treatment.
When to get an Intervention
Interventions generally occur at one of two points in a loved one’s using history: after rock bottom, or right before it. Aurora Recovery Centers offers intervention services with the hope of intervening before rock bottom becomes a painful reality. For intervention to happen, the worst does not have to. Losing everything and coming close to death is not a necessary prerequisite for intervention.
How to have an Intervention
There are different methods for staging an intervention. Interventions can be family orchestrated or involve the presence of an intervention specialist. Styles of interventions include:
- Crisis Intervention: meant for addicts at the end of their line whose lives are at risk, crisis intervention quickly coordinates care.
- Tough Love Intervention: Enabling hurts family members and loved ones suffering addiction. Tough love puts an end to compromise by offering ultimatums.
- Confrontational Model Intervention: This is the classic form of intervention where the consequences of a loved one’s addiction is laid out, along with expectations for recovery.
- Johnson Model Intervention: Based in education, the Johnson model follows the confrontational model. Equipping families with the tools they need to guide loved one’s to treatment, the Johnson model encourages communication rather than straight confrontation.
- Love First Approach Intervention: Empathy, compassion, and love are the driving forces behind this approach. Taking place on neutral ground, the family offers every angle of support possible to help ease concerns for seeking treatment.
- Systematic Family Approach Intervention: Most popularized intervention uses this approach. One by one family members read letters about how their loved one’s addiction has affected their lives. If their loved one doesn’t seek treatment, there are consequences.
- ARISE Intervention: Involving the whole family including the loved one suffering addiction, ARISE looks at addiction as a family disease. Each member of the family agrees to get help and change as a whole unit.