Just as elsewhere in the world, the United States of America has to deal with a lot of issues associated with addiction to alcohol and other substances.
Addiction can best be explained as a disease that greatly alters the way its victims can live their lives. It affects the addicts’ capacities to think properly and make decisions, causes financial problems, puts a strain on relationships and puts people at risk of being affected by chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
Unfortunately, people suffering from addiction often fail to notice that they are slowly killing themselves through their use of drugs or alcohol. They deny that there is a problem and refuse to go for corrective treatment to deal with the situation.
In such circumstances, family members and friends of the addict will have to develop a strategy through which they can force him or her to undergo treatment before it becomes too late for the person to receive any help at all.
This is where the process of intervention comes in. An intervention refers to a dedicated move by relatives, colleagues or friends of a person addicted to alcohol and drugs. This is usually done when it has been discerned that the addict does not have any plans to seek help.
Interventions can easily be performed by the alcoholic or addict’s family and friends alone. Just one sentence spoken by people very close to the heart of the addicts can help begin the healing process, for example children telling an addicted parent, “Please stop drinking , it is hurting us.” However, this form has been found to have a lower rate of success.
It has been advised that the most effective intervention procedure is through a professional intervention. This involves the services of an experienced drug or alcohol addiction specialist, who will help manage the entire process from beginning to end.
How Professional Intervention Works
- The interventionist will continue holding counseling sessions with the patient until he or she is completely recovered from the addiction.
- Once members of an addict’s family recognize that their loved one needs help, they will look for a trained addiction specialist to help them.
- The trained interventionist will suggest the best form of treatment for the victim of addiction after doing some research and collecting all the necessary information regarding the addict’s use of drugs. This data should include the type of drug being abused, the length of the addiction as well as its intensity.
- The intervention committee will then hold a series of meetings to discuss how the plan will be carried out, as well as set the date for the intervention. During these meetings, each member of the panel is told exactly what to say to the addict during the intervention and the speech is rehearsed over and over again until it is memorized.
- After gathering all the essential data, the specialist will help the family form an intervention panel or committee, one that will confront the addict and tell him or her to get immediate treatment by explaining how they are being affected by his or her actions. The panel must consist of members of the family to whom the subject feels closest.
- The intervention will then be carried out and the addict will be told that it is time to seek treatment, failure to do so resulting in certain things being denied to him or her. The counselor (interventionist) will also hold a meeting with the addict and explain in detail why treatment is necessary. Once the person accepts treatment, he or she should be taken to the pre-decided treatment center as soon as possible before there is a change of mind.