Alcohol Intervention

How necessary is an Alcohol Intervention?

Getting a loved one to enroll in rehabilitation, especially when it comes to alcohol addiction, can be very difficult. Most family members go too easy on the addicted individual. While this may make you look like a good guy (after all, any form of toleration does seem kind at first), tolerating his/her alcohol intake will not help him/her to recover from the addiction. Unless you can apply tough love yourself, it is time for an Alcohol Intervention.

The best rehabilitation centers in your area would have an expert interventionist in their staff. This experienced individual knows how to handle all types of alcoholics from severely addicted and violent ones, to someone who is still on the milder stages of alcoholism. The key is to look for an Alcohol Intervention program that is specifically designed for your loved one's condition. If s/he is a teenager, you may want to contact a rehabilitation center that deals with teenagers.

Violent candidates

There are many Alcohol Intervention programs available. Those who still have moments of lucidity tend to bring themselves to rehabilitation centers, so there is less of a need for interventionists. If the patient willingly submits to the treatment him/herself, the treatment is completed faster. However, there are some patients who are so addicted to alcohol that they cannot control their behavior anymore. They could become extremely violent when they are drunk, which is why their family members have no choice but to leave them alone.

Leaving them alone will actually worsen the situation. When the alcohol addiction is so severe, it is time to call for help. An Alcohol Intervention expert can visit your home, talk to you in the absence of the candidate and plan the intervention with you and your family so that the addicted individual can be calmly and safely transported from your home to the rehabilitation center.

Treatments after the intervention

The alcohol intervention process does not stop at removing the addicted individual from his/her old environment. Inside the rehabilitation center, s/he will have to undergo detoxification. This is a medical treatment that would help him/her wean alcohol from his/her system. This is done by completely ceasing the patient's alcohol intake but with minimal side effects that are typically caused by withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms are minimized by introducing controlled doses of medicines which mimic the effects of alcohol in the body. The detox treatment is complete once the patient's body can function normally again without alcohol.

Detox is only the beginning of the Alcohol Intervention program. The majority of the rehabilitation involves counseling or psychological treatment. Alcoholism is triggered by both the physiological and psychological abnormalities in the patient. Unless both aspects of alcoholism are treated, the addiction will not go away.

Family and out-patient support
Alcohol intervention programs do not take the responsibility away from the family in supporting the patient once s/he is released from the rehabilitation center. If anything, the programs aim to arm the patient's family so that they are able to provide strong moral support for the recovering patient.

While the patient is being treated inside the center, effective programs also help the family understand what really is going on. This way, they can help the patient get over the addiction once s/he gets out. If any family member is aggravating the addiction, this would be brought up during the family counseling sessions as well.

Frequently Asked Questions about Alcohol Interventions :

Q: Will my call be kept confidential?
A: Yes, strictly so. It is recorded for quality control purposes only.

Q: How many people need to be involved in the alcohol intervention program?
A: Only those who are dedicated to carrying out the tough love to the addict in denial. The optimal number may be as few as 1 and as many as want to come to be there and are materially important to the process. We've even conducted alcohol interventions with only the interventionist and the addict present, with family members on the phone.

Q: How do I know if the interventionist is the correct one for our loved one?
A: Our intervention coordinator works with a roster of highly qualified, experienced interventionists. She selects one based on the call you have with her. She encourages you to determine whether the selection is appropriate, based on how your questions are answered and an instinctive "chemistry" you feel from your call.

Q: What happens after I select the interventionist?
A: The coordinator will inform the selected interventionist of choice. You will then receive a follow up call from the interventionist, beginning the process of identifying attendees, location for the event, travel logistics, if needed, and the details of the presentations and discussion format that will take place.

Q: When and where does the intervention occur?
A: At a time and place you determine. Usually this is between one and three days after your initial call. The attendees will be informed how to maintain the element of surprise for the addict, which is of the utmost importance. All involved must be prepared to act quickly because saving a life means time is of the essence.

Q: When do we actually get to meet the alcohol interventionist in person?
A: He or she will arrive a day early to meet with all attendees to rehearse all parts of the next day's alcohol intervention.

Q: What can I expect to happen at the alcohol intervention?
A: A lot of openness, rigorous honesty, heartfelt tough love, tears and hugging. You may also see the addict initially display anger, hostility, resentment, a desire to run away from the group and emotional distance.

Q: So what is the purpose of the intervention?
A: Simply put, to get the addict to become willing to leave the intervention and enter detox and rehab immediately, accompanied to the facility by the alcohol interventionist.

Q: But what if the addict hasn't yet "hit bottom"? A: The alcohol intervention process is, among other things, a way to bring the bottom to him.

Q: What percent of addicts actually go directly into treatment from an alcohol intervention?
A: Our team has a very high success rate, over 90 percent consistently.

Q: What about the few who do not go into treatment?
A: There are times when an alcohol intervention may have to be reassembled the following day or a few days later, generally due to the addict "coming to his senses" once the family's post-alcohol intervention consequences are put in place. Some decide later to come into treatment without those consequences forcing them to do so. Our success rate permits us to guarantee our alcohol interventions.

Q: What does it mean when an alcohol interventionist says that their services are guaranteed?
A: The alcohol interventionist will refund the cost of the alcohol intervention if your loved one does not go into treatment.

Q: Are intervention costs covered by insurance?
A: While interventions are a vital, if not all important part in actually saving someone's life, the insurance industry has yet to adopt this as an insured item.

Q: What does an intervention cost?
A: The cost for alcohol intervention services can vary depending on the situation, ability to pay for an intervention should NEVER be the deciding factor. There are programs that will offer free support on setting up an alcohol intervention. There are low-cost alcohol intervention services as well. Some interventions cost upwards of $4,000 however, these intervention services usually are coupled with long-term follow ups and guarantees. Please remember, no matter what, you and your loved-one can be helped. Finances should not stand in the way of organizing an intervention. If you need assistance, please call the Recovery Now TV helpline.

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