Addiction is a chronic and far-reaching disease that takes a heavy physical and emotional toll on addicts, their family members and friends. Ultimately, the people who care the most about the addict will reach a crisis point where they can do no more for the addict. Such a crisis typically demands the services of a professional interventionist who can bring the addict and their loved ones together to find a successful and long-term solution to this devastating disease.
Why a Professional Intervention?
Interventions address the fact that addiction is a disease affecting you and your family–not just the addict.
Family and close friends of an addict frequently ask for intervention assistance when an addict has already received counseling and recovery services, continues to accumulate a long criminal record, denies being addicted to anything and cares only about getting their drug of choice by any means available.
When an addict no longer respects boundaries set by you, family members and close friends and refuses to get help, arranging an intervention is essential for saving the life of the addict and restoring normal family functioning.
About Our Intervention Services?
Families will go through a series of private sessions with a professional interventionist. The intervention is ideally done after the third private session with the interventionist. Obviously, some cases are more complex and might require a bit more for optimal success.
We want all families to be successful and get healthier, regardless of what their addict or alcoholic does. Ideally, we want all families involved in our intervention process to attend a weekly family group to gain support or process events that occur along the way. Our family group is a process group with an Al-Anon feel.
Here is a snapshot of the sessions your family will experience with the interventionist:
The family (or a family member) comes in for a consultation without the loved one present. The interventionist listens to your concerns, obtaining a history up to the present day. The interventionist assists you in understanding what the process will entail and manages expectations with the family. Any people who are likely to be involved with the intervention moving forward are identified in this session and are required to attend the next session.
This session includes the entire family and any concerned close friends of the loved one who may be an asset to the intervention. This session focuses on educating the involved on the topic of identifying any enabling behaviors that are occurring. Families are assigned to create and discuss a list of actions and behavioral patterns of the identified patient that will no longer be tolerated. Next to each activity, the family members will identify what their action will be if the identified patient does continue these behaviors.
The family will have two homework assignments to bring to the next session:
- Write down a list of probable and already experienced losses that the family can recount. This can include jobs, possessions, and/or relationships.
- Highlight consequences and ultimatums. The family will prepare a list of consequences to actions and explain any ultimatums they will require of the loved one (i.e. go into treatment or we cease financial assistance.) Families are also required to follow-through with any consequences or else these plans will turn into empty threats. For example, threatening to leave a spouse and to take the children from the home. The family will have to make the appropriate preparations, just in case, prior to the next session. This entails having clothes packed and a place to stay.
The family will bring their homework assignments to session and the interventionist will rehearse the intervention. During the rehearsal, the interventionist will point out what responses to expect from their loved one and coach them on how to stay calm both during and after the intervention as well as how to react to the responses. The latter part of the session is spent strategizing how, where, and when the intervention will take place.
This is where the loved one is finally confronted by the family and given ultimatums. The interventionist facilitates the intervention from start to finish, making sure all parties involved are using “I” statements when describing the effects of the issue. Any plans or treatment are organized to immediately follow the intervention (bed is waiting at KLEAN Treatment Centers or loved one is immediately driven to the airport if treatment is out of state).
Receiving Intervention Services
Intervention services are often necessary to save the life of an addict. When you have done everything possible to help the addict–only to be met with defiance, denial and guilt trips–intervention services should be planned as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more about the intervention services at KLEAN Treatment Centers, please contact us today. We can get you and your loved one the help you need for a better life.