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Palm Beach Interventions for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Interventions are organized attempts to speak to a person about behaviors or actions that are affecting others. These interventions are performed to convince the person to seek treatment, whether it’s for mental-health concerns, drug addiction, or alcohol dependency.

Usually, interventions are direct in nature, which means the people wanting to perform the intervention will come face-to-face with the individual they want to get help for. The use of techniques like interventions have been used since the 1960s, when interventions were created by Dr. Vernon Johnson. The model has been taught for many years and focuses on creating a confrontation between the supporters and addict. This is done in order to expose the addict to the reality of the addiction and what it is doing to him and others.

How Can You Tell if Someone Needs an Intervention?

There are several signs that someone may be struggling with a drug addiction or a problem with alcohol dependency. Once you begin seeing these signs, it’s important to track how long they take place. Sometimes, people will show signs of issues for a few days, but that could be normal. Extended symptoms could mean drugs or alcohol are a factor in your loved one’s current state.

Some symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse include:

  • Changes in appearance, which may include looking more disheveled, unshaven, or otherwise unkempt.
  • Changes in behavior, like being moody or being depressed or anxious
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Drinking regularly or heavily
  • Missing appointments, coming to work late, or being unorganized beyond normal behavior

These of course are just some of the more obvious signs of a drug or alcohol addiction. It’s important to note that these symptoms can sometimes be caused by other problems in a person’s life, but an intervention could help the person talk about what’s wrong and allow others to give him or her the help needed.

How Does an Intervention Work?

Interventions begin by contacting the rehabilitation facility you want your family member or friend to go to. There, an interventionist, a specialist in the field, can help you with professional guidance on the situation. The reality is that you can’t force a person to get help; doing so is illegal, except for in the case of minors. By taking time to speak with an interventionist, you can make a plan for the most effective intervention, so your loved one is more likely to accept the help being given.

Before the intervention, you and everyone else will be asked to write down things like what you’re prepared to do or not do for the addict if he or she goes into treatment (or not). For instance, if you won’t support the person anymore financially if he doesn’t seek treatment, it’s important that you make that clear.

On the day of the intervention, the person will come to wherever the intervention is going to be staged. Then, you and others will read premade letters or speak candidly about the situation. Interventions should not be confrontational; you need to be supportive and understanding, yet firm.

Finally, if the addicted person decides to accept treatment, it’s time for the interventionist to step in. If the person says yes, the interventionist can transport the individual to the treatment facility and begin the detoxification and rehabilitation process.

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Are Interventions Helpful?

Interventions can be incredibly helpful if they’re performed correctly. For instance, if you schedule the intervention at a time when the person is least likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which can be the key to a successful talk. If the person is too overwhelmed or inebriated, it’s harder for him or her to listen.

Interventions have to be calm environments. Shaming or yelling at a person won’t help; the addicted person needs to feel supported, not shamed. By providing a supportive environment, the person can see that others care for his health and wellbeing.

Finally, interventions can be helpful in expressing how the person’s behaviors affect you. It can be encouraging to others to know they aren’t alone, and it can be eye-opening for the addicted person to see how the actions he performs can hurt others.