If your family is affected by alcohol, drug or prescription pill addiction, help is attainable. Even if your loved one has refused to participate in treatment in the past, you can still get support and services to heal from the wounds caused by addiction while increasing the likelihood that they will accept help. One way to accomplish this goal is by hosting an intervention. This process aims to persuade individuals with addiction to immediately start an individualized treatment plan in a rehabilitation facility. Accomplishing this goal requires a few steps.
For starters, you will need find a reputable interventionist. Most rehabilitation centers can help you locate the right match for your family. Next, he or she will conduct an interview with you to get to know your situation better. If they feel they can help, they will schedule a date and pick a location for the intervention itself. Most people opt to do this at home, but it may also be conducted in a quiet, peaceful location. During an intervention, family members and friends will have the chance to share their feelings with the addicted loved one. They may express their concern about the addiction and how it has impacted their relationship with that person as well. Your interventionist will act as a mediator during this time and make sure that the conversation stays on track.
It is important to keep in mind that intervention is not about attacking the addicted loved one or attempting to make them feel guilty. It is simply designed to encourage them to get help. If you feel like you cannot effectively participate, you can opt out of being present during it. Some people use ultimatums to convince their family member to get into treatment. In cases where the addicted loved one is reliant on others for support, they may choose to stop providing things like money and other forms of assistance until their loved one is in recovery. Often times, ultimatums are a necessary tool for getting someone the help they need to regain control over their addiction.
Interventionists are available to guide your family member to the right treatment center for their needs. They may also follow up with them in the future to ensure they are on track for life long recovery.
What Happens Next?
Once your loved decides to go to treatment, the next step is to determine the right format for his or her needs. Inpatient treatment, also known as residential rehabilitation, is the most common option. This type of intensive care is designed for long term addicts, individuals who lack support at home and who have not experienced success with an outpatient program in the past. Inpatient rehabilitation offers many benefits, such as the following:
- 24/7 supervision
- Peaceful and resort like setting
- On-site amenities and recreational activities
- Psychiatric services if needed
During an inpatient program, your family member will likely experience a brief period known as “blackout”. This time is designed to allow them to focus solely on themselves and their recovery. It typically prohibits access outside of the facility and does not allow them to receive calls or visits. However, it only lasts for a few days or longer. Blackout periods can significantly reduce the risk of relapse which is most apparent during the earliest stage of the recovery process.
Outpatient rehabilitation does not require patients to relocate. Instead, they simply attend rehabilitation according the a schedule. Afterwards, they are able to return to their normal routine and apply what they have learned. Outpatient programs are ideal for working adults, parents and anyone with a strong desire to recover from addiction. However, it is not an effective treatment solution for long term or complicated addictions, dual diagnosis patients and individuals with limited support.
Most inpatient programs last at least 90 days, which is proven to be a good length of time to create significant behavioral changes. Since addiction is a disease of the mind and body, it does require therapy to overcome. However, multiple methodologies are often available through both inpatient and outpatient programs to focus on different aspects of addiction. Individual counseling is a common option that offers the following benefits:
- Private and nonjudgmental environmental
- Ability to work directly with a counselor in a safe space
- Freedom to express anything that is on your mind
- Sessions focused on you and your needs
Another popular option is group therapy. Through this outlet, patients are able to socialize in a productive manner. Therapists are available to lead discussions and encourage activities among all participants. Sometimes, family members may be integrated into rehab therapies as well. This tactic can help families heal from addiction as a whole unit and work through relationship problems that they may have as a result of the disease.
Once your loved one has completed treatment, he or she can still receive services in the form of aftercare. During it, he or she may continue to participate in therapy and meetings with an addiction specialist. However, these appointments will occur on a less frequent basis so your loved one can actively practice the skills they have acquired during treatment and adjust. Many people also choose to participate in groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery, all of which are found in the community. These programs are not used as an alternative to rehabilitation or aftercare. Instead, they can act as a strong source of support for anyone who has completed treatment.
If your family member has refused to go to treatment in the past, don’t give up. With tools such as intervention and support services, you can increase the odds that they will accept professional care by getting in touch with our compassionate team of addiction specialists. Call 800-723-7376 today to learn more!