My company has been doing interventions for over twenty years and if we look back at those that have failed, it is always about a lack of preparation and understanding the thought patterns of the addict.
Important Components Of A Drug Intervention
Intervening on someone that needs to be in residential treatment is as important as the treatment itself.
- First and foremost, you should have chosen an effective alcohol and drug residential treatment program. Some parents have wanted to do an intervention to help the needed patient get into an outpatient program. Anyone that is addicted to alcohol or other drugs needs to be in a residential facility! Addicts that need interventions are more likely than others to not finish treatment, so they need to have as much control on them as possible.
- Choosing the right treatment program. There aren’t any short-term treatment programs that are effective! By that we mean that their outcomes are over 10 to 15 %. There is no reason to do everything that is required in an effective intervention and then watch your loved one relapse back to uncontrolled and addictive use of alcohol and/or drugs. We only do intervention on people that are prepared to enter a biophysical treatment program. These program average about 70% success and are the most effective type of treatment available.
- Don’t ever consider a professional, fee-for-service intervention until you have done your research and have the evidence that they are successful in the majority of their attempts. One of the problems with hiring an outside interventionist lies in the fact that they are expensive and they get their money up-front, so if the intervention isn’t successful, then they don’t lose anything financially, but you do. Call our office and we will recommend interventionist that have proven to be the best in the country.
- If you have read this much of our advice, then you must be beginning to see that there are many considerations to doing an effective intervention. You don’t want your intervention to just be the process of getting a loved one into treatment; a good intervention convinces the addict that he needs to finish treatment. This is many times overlooked by professional interventionist.
- Before you consider hiring a professional, you should call us and let us help you do a family intervention first. We can assess the problem and determine who should be involved and who shouldn’t. Many times the right individual, saying the right words, can get someone to admit that they need treatment and can actually get them committed into a program.
- If you do this on your own, remember that you need to have a bed available and start and finish the intervention the same day. Don’t let the addict think about it overnight because he will probably change his mind and be more determined NOT to go then ever.
To get a loved one into a treatment center is what most families are concerned about. This attitude comes from thinking of treatment as one would think about the need to go to a hospital. In the world of addiction, the intervention must involve more than just getting a person into a program.
We have seen many parents threaten, bargain, or use the courts to mandate someone going to treatment and the addict will go. However, he never plans on quitting his addiction, he is just manipulating the present scene to his benefit.
A good Interventionist needs to motivate the client to want sobriety and a clean and productive life. In the beginning, the client may be so loaded or drunk that these considerations are not important at this time, but they have to happen at some point or the client will get out of treatment as fast has he went in.
Parents need to realize that an Interventionist isn’t solving the problems of addiction and sickness in the family, he/she is only taking the emotionally charged battle that ensues when addressing rehab out of the hands of the family. Most addicts have so many “crimes” against their loved ones that they can’t have a logical conversation, but can only start justifying their behaviors by blaming those that are trying to help; bringing up unresolved family issues and causing the entire episode to disperse into yelling and fighting. This leaves a family angry and unable to confront another attempt at getting their loved one into rehab.
An Interventionist job is not over when they get the identified addict into treatment. They need to help educate the family on the ways that the addict will sabotage his treatment and be back getting the drugs he wants more than anything else.
It is common for treatment centers to no allow conversations with families until the patient is out of detox, but even then, the addict is prone to having severe cravings and will tell parents many fearful lies about the rehab center to help enlist their cooperation in getting him back home.
We have seen many cases where an Interventionist has been successful in getting the client into treatment but, without any notice to anyone, the parents have sent the patient money and a plane ticket to come home. They are telling themselves that they must have made a terrible mistake.
Good and effective treatment centers have lies written about them on the internet by competing rehab centers and others that just have evil intentions. When parents start believing these lies and don’t talk to the original interventionist or the program, they are bound to make bad decisions. Some of these lies are so horrendous that the parents are afraid to call and talk to others. Sometimes they call competing rehab centers to check the validity of the lies.
The only real way to see if you are being lied to and not fall for this trap is the following:
1. Call the rehab center and ask to talk to parents and loved ones whose children have graduated from the center. This should have been done before the decision was made, but it isn’t too late. All effective rehab centers have a list of parents who will proudly attest for the safety and professionalism of the center.
2. Visit the rehab center yourself. We have, as professionals, visited over 150 rehab centers and, even though we have seen bad treatments, we have never seen anything like what is told to parents on the internet. It doesn’t exist. There are so many legal safeguards that control the safety and professional treatment of clients in rehab that it would be impossible to get away with the lies that are written about some on the internet.
3. Call us at 888-781-7060 and if we don’t know the center first hand, we will do our own investigation and will find out the truth. As mentioned earlier, we have visited over 150 rehab centers to qualify them for accreditation and we know how to look behind the scenes and see what is really happening.
Putting a loved one into rehab is a emotionally charged situation and the resistance that the addict has about treatment is also expressed in their loved ones fear that things might get worse. Realize that when you, as a family, are going through these actions, you are not thinking as rationally and logically as you might in many other situations. Trust in the professionals that you have hired to help you and try to get your mind off of a pattern of thinking that things are only getting worse in your family’s life.
We have found that most family in turmoil are feeling some fears that they are “cursed” or nothing can go right. These are symptoms of emotional exhaustion and are typical of families that are dealing with addiction issues. Let our counselors help you with your decisions as to what rehab center to look at seriously and what interventionist are most appropriate. Our organization certifies interventionist and we know who you can trust.