When a person is suffering from addiction, friends and family also endure the consequences of the disease. Friends and family can be negatively affected in several ways –psychologically, financially, and spiritually and may engage in codependent and enabling behavior.The emphasis of an addiction intervention should revolve around how addiction has affected friends and family and how to stop the vicious cycle.

Addiction Intervention Services

Addiction intervention services help the friends and loved ones of an addict persuade them that their addictive behavior is causing damage and that assistance is required to get help with the addiction. Most addicted individuals believe that they can overcome addiction by themselves when they feel the time is right.

Unfortunately, it is an unrealistic expectation in most cases. Addicted individuals tend to continue to abuse alcohol or drugs, breaking promises time and again to stay sober or take control of the addiction. To save a friend or family member’s life, an intervention is often needed.

Being under the influence is fundamental to individuals addicted to drug and alcohol. The main motivation often centers around how and when to get high. Many times, process addictions, and other co-occurring disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, may consume and complicate the individual’s life. Damaging, compulsive behaviors may end up overshadowing everything the individual holds dear, and in many cases, it is vital to get the assistance of an interventionist before the addiction gets even worse. Interventions may offer the highest probability of success when performed under the supervision of a professional. The assistance of an interventionist could make the difference between life and death.

“Most addicted individuals believe that they can overcome addiction by themselves when they feel the time is right.”

What an Interventionist Does

Individuals will many times seek out an interventionist for their friend or loved one when all other attempts to fix the issue have failed, or they do not even know where to start the conversation. They might feel that they have the same conversation repeatedly, but the behavior does not change. Addicts often deny the addiction, arguing that it is not a real problem, that they do not need any help, or that they are not hurting anyone but themselves. Trying to talk to an addict about the addiction and persuading them to get treatment is not easy. Many will find that they require intervention services to effectively manage the problem and have a shot at a successful outcome.

It’s essential for the addict to understand that the intervention is happening because everyone loves and supports him or her and want to see them live a healthy life again.

An important component of the intervention involves the process of information and education in order to prepare friends and loved ones of the addicted individual. Certified interventionists understand how to manage the individual suffering from the addiction and their friends and loved ones and can convince him or her to accept the gift of treatment.

Because they are trained, they are experts in implementing an intervention that is productive, organized, and navigates the landmines should an individual respond in an unpredictable, defensive, or even violent way. An interventionist will keep the process moving forward and will even escort the addict to a treatment program after the intervention.

An interventionist will typically:

  • Assess the addict’s drug and alcohol use along with his or her medical history and other circumstances.
  • Make an assessment based on information available.
  • Develop a plan that best supports a positive intervention.
  • Provide guidance regarding how to best manage the treatment and aftercare process.

Friends, colleagues, and of course family should attend the intervention. If you are not sure who should attend the intervention, the interventionist will provide you with guidance. Generally, individuals who have influence with the addicted individual, like a romantic partner or spouse, family member, friends, and even colleagues are all good selections. Kids should not be involved unless they can understand, they desire to participate and are of an appropriate age.

Any individual actively abusing alcohol and/or drugs or is in a situation like the person in need of treatment should not participate in the intervention. Additionally, anyone who has a negative relationship with the addict should not be included because the purpose of the intervention is a positive one, intended to help the addicted individual get into a treatment program.

The Family Intervention

The family will often contact an interventionist first to initiate the process. Because they are usually in contact with the addicted individual on a regular basis, they’re acquainted with the harm the addiction is causing to individual and those around him or her. Family interventions might be held at the family home since it is important for the individual to feel safe during the process. Families may also have the intervention in a neutral site, such as an office, hotel, church, or health care facility. Families should talk to the interventionist to determine the best location.

There are a number of methods that come in to play when planning an intervention. Family and friends often read statements that they have written to the addicted individual, describing how the addict’s negative behavior has impacted them. Statements are prepared before the intervention, with the guidance of the interventionist and could be edited after shared with the participants. The addicted person must understand that the intervention is happening because his or her family and friends support and love them and want to see him or her find recovery.

Effective interventions will have a plan in place should the addicted individual not accept the help offered, and clearly communicate the consequences from friends and family.

Cost of an addiction intervention

The Workplace Intervention

A workplace intervention takes place when a supervisor or colleague becomes aware of addiction issues with an individual in the workplace. Many times, addicted individuals cannot maintain their job responsibilities. They will arrive at work under the influence of substances, show up to work late, or not show up to work at all due to the addiction. Because addiction takes priority in an individual’s life; other responsibilities take a lower priority than the addiction.

At the point when colleagues can no longer ignore the addiction, they might agree to hold an intervention for the individual. Professional interventionists are trained and have experience with workplace interventions, which may be much different from family interventions. During a workplace intervention, only those who are close to the addicted individual should participate. Including casual acquaintances in the intervention process may do more harm than good. Because the intervention might take several hours or even a whole day, it is wise to have it at a private location. A private conference can be the right choice.

In this country, employers use drug screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment strategy to identify workplace addictions or those individuals who might be at risk of developing an addiction. This strategy includes intervention methods and encourages addicted individuals to accept treatment. This strategy includes a workplace management policy that includes procedures for performing the intervention. Workplace interventions might include educating the addicted individual regarding the danger of their behaviors and an offer to receive treatment when the intervention is over. 

Different Types of Intervention

There are several approaches to interventions. It is imperative to select the approach you feel would be most helpful for your friend or loved one. Professional interventionists can guide you through this difficult process.

Interventions typically follow the:

  • ARISE (A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement) Model
  • Johnson Model
  • Systemic Model

The ARISE® (A Relational Intervention Sequence for Engagement) Model

The ARISE model of intervention is focused on getting the addicted individual into a treatment program but is less confrontational than the Johnson Model. It does not include the element of surprise and considers the needs of friends and loved ones in addition to he addicted individual’s needs. The model is based on three stages, the first being a call from a friend or loved one to a specially-trained certified ARISE interventionist.

Stage two includes three to five meetings with friends, family, the addicted individual, and interventionist. The third and final stage is the ARISE intervention, but they may accept the offer for treatment during any stage of the process. This intervention process utilizes varying degrees of pressure that equals the resistance the addicted individual exhibits to getting help. It also involves discussion around the harm his or her addiction has caused friends and loved ones; the consequences should they not choose treatment and a review of treatment programs.

The Johnson Model

The Johnson model of intervention involves friends and family confronting the addicted individual about their behavior. Friends and loved ones receive education about the harm caused by behaviors that enable the addiction, the desired outcome of the intervention, exploring their needs, and how they plan to conduct the intervention.

The intervention participants will make clear that they support the addict fully in the recovery process. However, consequences are plainly and directly communicated if the addicted individual should choose not to get treatment. Consequences may include withholding money or housing. It is imperative for friends and family to enforce the consequences if the addicted individual does not get treatment.

The Johnson Model is effective for many, but it does not work for all. Addicted individuals can experience shame and anger when confronted with their bad behaviors and the take it or leave it approach and may become defensive or shut down.

The Systemic Model

This method of intervention works well for individuals who do not respond well to confrontation. The addicted individual participates in every meeting with the interventionist, friends, and loved ones. Everyone including the addicted individual talks about how the addict’s behavior has impacted them, It offers an opportunity for a conversation rather than confrontation.

The process can take several months with the goal being that everyone involved commits to some form of therapy (group and individual), including the addicted individual going to a rehab center and friends and family participating in family therapy.

There are other kinds of interventions that do not fit a model. A certified professional interventionist can use their experience to develop a plan that has the highest probability of success. Because the goal is for the addicted person to receive treatment, it is critical to engage them in the way that best fits them.

Finding Addiction Intervention

Interventionists go through specialized certification training to help them understand and implement the primary intervention models. Many are involved in new, leading-edge treatment approaches that could help your loved one acknowledge the consequences caused by their addiction and develop the willingness to go to treatment. Getting professional help is critical to increasing the chance of a positive outcome for your loved one suffering from addiction and those around them.

Treatment for addiction begins with a willingness to get help  – often found after a successful intervention. Call us at 203-293-2723 for information about Clearpoint intervention services. We can help your friend or loved get the addiction treatment they need.


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