Interventions become necessary when someone manifests behaviors that are unhealthy, inappropriate, or harmful. Interventions are done for the goal of behavioral change and rehab. They facilitate behavioural, emotional, and cognitive change as a third-party mechanism when the involved individual or individuals cannot handle this on their own.
A formal intervention is the first step towards change because it assists someone with the behaviour that has to be changed to gain acceptance of his need for help. The professional interventionist, members of the family and other relatives, as well as friends all work together to achieve this.
Interventions relieve the pain and suffering of the individual as well as those around him. Interventions also provide the driving force that the addict needs to initiate change towards recovery. Studies have proven that structured interventions conducted by trained professionals succeed in convincing addicts to start treatment 90 per cent of the time.
There are treatment centers that provide interventions in inpatient facilities. There are also outpatient rehab centers and support groups that provide interventions. Interventions can take many forms, depending on what kind of assistance the addicts or their significant others need.
The following are among the long list services that can be provided in interventions:
- Selecting an appropriate model of intervention
- Selecting a treatment or rehab facility and style that will be suitable for the client and the significant others’ situation
- Transporting the client and/or significant others to the treatment or rehab center
- Observing for changes and progress of the client
- Aiding in planning care that will be provided after the treatment program to ensure long-term recovery
- Providing access to support groups and other resources
- Helping the family and friends providing support to the client
The Common Interventions
Interventions can be offered for any type of destructive and unhealthy behavior. Some examples of behaviors that call for interventions root from addiction to sex, addiction to the internet, compulsion for gambling, chemical abuse, alcoholism, and addiction to drugs.
Among those, drug addiction is most easily affected by an intervention. Drug interventions have the highest success rate in causing treatment initiation among addicts.When faced with a crisis, interventions are often helpful. Interventions also help for seemingly simple matters, such as convincing a senior to agree to assistance in his daily living.Careful planning is necessary when constructing interventions. It is important that the interventionist and the significant others remain non-confrontational. The venue of the interventions may be in centers, the client’s home, at church, or in any other place where the client may find comfort.
More often than not, clients accept that they need to seek treatment after professional interventions. Many types of interventions exist. A good interventionist would know exactly what is most suitable for the client, depending on his or her age, personality, type of addiction, and behavior.
The first type is the Family Intervention. This is done when the affected person’s family seeks help from an interventionist for the goal of convincing the affected member to enter a rehab center. This intervention is done rapidly when the addict manifests behaviors that place himself or those around him at risk for harm.The interventionist teaches the family members the right way to confront an addict. The approach should be non-judgmental and non-demanding. Family interventions undergo careful planning.
Family interventions are advisable not just for those at risk for self-harm or harm to others, but also for addicts who have been hooked or a very long time, whether or not they are likely to inflict harm.The second type is called Executive Intervention. This is necessary when a high-ranking employee needs interventions because his behaviors are already affecting his job performance. Because the underlying issues are sensitive and because executives usually have high ego, seeking professional interventions is advisable.
The next kind is a Crisis Intervention. A highly stressful short-lived and unforeseen event, which may or may not be life-threatening, is considered a crisis if it is grave enough to incapacitate someone from using healthy coping skills. Someone who is in crisis is in so much stress that he cannot resolve his problems effectively.The crisis causes physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral distress on a person. Immediate interventions such as emergency psychological assistance are necessary. The goal is to alleviate the trauma and to bring back the person to his or her normal function as early as possible.
Crisis interventions are needed in the following scenarios:
- Violence, or any threat of it
- Suicidal attempts
- Unusual usage of weapons or close encounters with weapons
- Car accident
- Sexual assault
- Death of a significant other
- Diagnosis of an illness, whether mental or medical
Crisis interventions have been proven to aid in solving problems and in lowering levels of distress. Crisis interventions have several goals, including the following:
- Stabilizing or removing the source of stress
- Reducing physical and psychological signs and symptoms of distress
- Getting rid of ineffective coping skills to make room for effective ones
- Instilling effective coping skills again
- Restoring the client’s functional level before the crisis occurred
The client who was under crisis has to be able to discuss how the event affected him or her emotionally. This is crucial for recovery.With crisis interventions, negative emotions are eased away from the victims because they are released through effective coping techniques instead of being bottled up inside. Some examples of activities for coping with negative emotions are writing out feelings in a journal, exercising, and doing relaxation techniques.
There are many services done in crisis interventions, some of which are the following:
- Stabilizing the victim of the crisis
- Gathering facts
- Listening with empathy to the account of the event from the victim’s perspectives
- Assisting victims to solve problems
- Aiding victims to find and use sources of help
- Encouraging victims to rely on themselves again
Crisis interventions normally last for 20 minutes. In move severe cases, they may be as long as two hours or even more. The usual venues for crisis interventions are ERs, therapy centers, mental health facilities, and centers for crises.
Crisis interventions are very important. In fact, any interventionist who counsels drug addicts and/or people diagnosed with mental illness should be equipped with crisis-intervention skills, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This is because crises often occur in those situations.
If you or your significant other is in need of any type of intervention, don’t hesitate to call Hawaii Island Recovery at 866-515-5032 anytime. We can provide well-trained professional interventionists who can help you deal with the most difficult time of your life.