10 Dec 2018
drug interventions

What Exactly is a Drug Intervention?

Drug interventions are a common way that people find recovery, but many people aren’t truly aware of what exactly an intervention is. Here we’re going to offer a brief introduction to drug and alcohol interventions, who may benefit from one, and how it all works.

First, if you are interested in hearing more about interventions or hiring an interventionist, we recommend going with The Vitality Group. They have a team of nationally-certified interventionists, and have a sterling reputation. You can learn more about interventions from the Vitality Group here.

Who Needs an Intervention?

Interventions are for anyone who is struggling with addiction. Although the most common types of interventions are for drug and alcohol addiction, interventions can be staged with process addictions, eating disorders, and mental health disorders in certain cases. This will be up to the clinician and/or interventionist.

In general, an intervention is for those who are battling addiction but are not willing to seek help. The point of an intervention is to encourage someone to get support and treatment, especially when they don’t want to. Any addict or alcoholic who is in denial is a good candidate for a professional intervention. 

How Interventions Work

Although the actual intervention usually takes an hour or so, there is quite a bit of preparation that goes into it. Preparing for an intervention can take a few days, as the interventionist works with the family and loved ones to craft a plan of action that will be most useful. The goal is to stop enabling the alcoholic, and set boundaries out of love and support. 

The interventionist will work with everyone involved to have a scripted plan for the actual intervention. During the actual event, the interventionist will lead conversation, introduce why everyone is present, and help moderate. At the end, the individual will be offered a way to seek help. Usually, this is set up ahead of time. This way, the person can go straight to treatment and get help right away without having time to think themselves out of it. 

Success of Interventions

The truth is that the research is still in its infancy about interventions. However, we do know a few things. First, they do increase the probability that a person seeks help and goes to treatment. With an intervention, the struggling addict at least has a chance at recovery that they may not have otherwise. 

On the other hand, there isn’t any research to show whether or not the individual is more likely to stay sober after an intervention. The data is hard to come by due to privacy laws, and data on recovery rates is hazy at best. 

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