Do Interventions Really Work?

Do Interventions Really Work?

The success of an intervention hinges on a host of factors associated with the drug addict, the members of the intervention group, and the interventionist (the intervention expert in charge of moderating the intervention).

By carefully planning and implementing an intervention, the chances of the addict seeking treatment are significantly enhanced.

What Is Considered Success for an Intervention?

Interventions, when planned properly, have more than one goal. Interventionists want to help the primary drug addict and all of the family members affected by the addiction. If a family member is angry or frustrated with the addict, the intervention should also help appease those emotions. Therefore, an intervention is considered successful when it helps an addict seek treatment and presents an opportunity to the addict’s family to also find resolution for their drug-related problems.

Intervention Factors

There are numerous factors to take into account when evaluating an intervention. Here are a few:

  • The primary addict. The goal of an intervention is to help the addict face his or her addiction and seek treatment. Treatment often involves talking to a primary care physician and then, in some cases, checking into a rehabilitation center.
  • Family members. There are at least two roles for family members in an intervention. The first is that of a supporter and motivator for the primary addict. Family members can share stories or emotions that help the addict with the acceptance of the addiction. The second role is as a victim of the drug addiction. Drug addiction often damages the loved ones of the addict, emotionally, financially and socially. An intervention should take these victims into account and attempt to resolve or soothe these problems.
  • Care after the intervention. The intervention is just the first step for both the addict and the addict’s family. According to Kristina Wandziack, an experienced interventionist, care should continue for all members of the intervention (addict and family members). The interventionist should have a plan for everyone within the intervention and should follow up with each member for at least 90 days. This follow-up care should ensure that the each member is keeping to the plan and moving forward from the intervention.

If these factors are considered while planning the intervention, then there is a much higher chance that it will accomplish its goals. Never plan an intervention without consulting a professional. Interventions are a viable tool that can jumpstart treatment for drug addiction; however, if not performed properly, an intervention can further alienate the addict from his or her family and cause more damage to everyone involved.

Finding an Interventionist

Talking with your doctor or another trusted healthcare professional is the first step in staging an intervention.

Expert advice is invaluable in the planning stages of an intervention. A professional interventionist will be able to identify all the people within the family that would benefit from the process. If you have questions about interventions or need help planning one, contact us today. Do not be afraid to ask for help for yourself or for a loved one. Everyone, even if they are not the primary addict, is adversely affected by drug addiction.

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