The Necessity of Family Intervention: Keys to Successful Addiction Treatments
Family Intervention is a vital factor for successful addiction treatment. This is especially true for patients severely addicted to a substance before entering a rehabilitation center. Without Family Intervention, these patients may have completely destroyed their lives.
Where it begins
Family Intervention begins once the first signs of addiction are spotted. The individuals addicted to the substance may not notice this happening at first. For example, an alcoholic may not able to control their drinking because they are using alcohol as a band-aid solution for other problems. Once this becomes a nasty habit, the individual might not be in the right frame of mind to try to stop their addiction.
Severity of the addiction
Hopefully, family members are able to intervene before the addiction becomes severe. This is easier to do with an alcohol addiction, but can be much more difficult with drug dependence. Alcoholism is never subtle. If you notice that your loved one is drinking in the middle of the day or spiking his or her coffee and fruit juices with liquor, confront the individual right away. Try to remind them that alcohol is not a solution to a problem, and talk with them to find out what is causing the alcohol dependence.
If the addiction is more severe or if your loved one is addicted to meth and you find that it's difficult to control him or her, you can also perform a Family Intervention by calling a professional for help. While you may find this cruel at first, you have to remain strong because acting on the addiction as early as possible is the best way to treat drug dependence. Call the rehabilitation center in your area to ask them how to have your loved one detoxified. Once she or he has completed the detoxification process, it is much easier to counsel them into treatment.
After detoxification, the next step is to progress from Family Intervention to family involvement. Detox will not instantly make the addiction go away. The addict will need family support throughout the entire rehabilitation process, and this involves educating family members about addiction. It is important to understand what your loved one is going through to be a better moral support system once the patient is released from the rehabilitation center.
Importance of family support
Family support can make or break an individual's journey out of substance addiction. Sometimes, recovering patients suffer from regressions because they didn't receive ample support for their families, or some family members triggered the relapse themselves. This is usually caused by lack of understanding about the addiction. Families need to be extremely strong during the rehabilitation period.
Families need to understand that the recovering patient is vulnerable to environmental factors which may cause him or her to go back to the addiction. While it's not realistic for the recovering patient to live in a protected environment where they will not be exposed to addiction triggers, the family should be there to offer guidance and support as the recovering patient attempts to regain his/her old life back.
Frequently Asked Questions about Family 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 intervention?
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 family interventions with only the family interventionist and the addict present, with family members on the phone.
Q: How do I know if the family 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 family 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 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 family intervention.
Q: What can I expect to happen at the 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 family interventions?
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 interventionist.
Q: But what if the addict hasn't yet "hit bottom"?
A: The 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 a family 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 family interventions 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-family 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 family interventions.
Q: What does it mean when an interventionist says that their services are guaranteed?
A: The interventionist will refund the cost of the family intervention if your loved one does not go into treatment.
Q: Are intervention costs covered by insurance?
A: While family 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 a family intervention cost?
A: The cost for family 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 a family intervention. There are low-cost family intervention services as well. Some family interventions cost upwards of $4,000 however, these family 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 a family intervention. If you need assistance, please call theRecovery Now TV helpline.