When people are intoxicated, it’s easy to specify how their drugs work, and the types of changes they bring about.
People on heroin often seem sleepy and dopey while they’re under the influence, and families might be able to spot with blinding accuracy the symptoms of intoxication in the addict in their midst. But some drugs cause persistent changes that stay in place, long after sobriety has returned. For example, according to a study in the journal Brain, people who drink alcohol experience shrinking grey matter in the frontal cortex, and this can lead to an impaired sense of motivation. Damage like this can make it hard for people to understand their own addictions, which might make it hard for people to get the help they’ll need in order to recover. The damage might be hidden, but it’s certainly real.
An intervention provides the family with the opportunity to break through denial and push the person to accept help. The damage the person has experienced might make those effects short-lived, however, meaning that an immediate entry into a treatment program is absolutely vital. A sober escort can help.
Making the Most of an Intervention
People with addictions and/or mental illnesses often live within a bubble, creating their own narrative about the issue and how it should be handled. Researchers writing in the journal Medical Clinics of North America use depression as an example of this phenomenon, suggesting that people with this issue don’t get help because:
They want to solve the problem alone.
They don’t know where to go to get help.
The think the issue will simply disappear in time.
They think treatment won’t work.
They’re concerned that care will be too expensive.
In an intervention, the family addresses each point, one by one, and asks the person to accept help in a formal treatment program for addiction. The talk might be distressing, but it also might be transformative, and when the person agrees to get help, the intervention is over.
Moving on to Care
During the planning stages for the intervention, the family has chosen a setting for the person’s care and has likely called that facility to set up the person’s admission process. Everything is in place and ready to go, so denial and a lack of motivation can’t creep in and keep the person from getting help. The family also names a person to be a sober escort, driving that addicted person to care. Sometimes, a family member fills that role, but sometimes, the family can’t handle this task.
Interventions can be stressful for everyone involved, and sometimes, people are simply too upset to handle the additional responsibility of taking someone in for care.
When this happens, an interventionist or family mediator is often happy to function as a sober escort. During the car or plane trip to the facility, the interventionist can continue the addiction discussion that was begun in the intervention and help the person continue to learn more about the treatment that’s coming in the following days and weeks. Sometimes, this trip becomes a positive part of the healing process and it helps the person to mentally prepare for detox and rehab.
If you’d like to schedule an intervention, either with or without sober transportation assistance, please contact us. We’re happy to help you find just the right professional to meet the needs of the person you love.