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Intervention as a Successful Treatment Strategy

Posted on :  February 23rd, 2017  |  By :  towardsrecovery

There are many different drug abuse treatment strategies that you can choose from, but not all of them yields the expected result. And what result is this? Typically the successful reintegration of the drug abuser as a productive member of society. Let’s take a closer look at one of the successful drug abuse treatment strategies.

Drug Intervention

Aren’t all treatment strategies classified as drug interventions? Not exactly! Successful drug intervention is based on a non-confrontational step towards recovery from addiction. It must also be structured and solution-oriented that will encourage an abuser to seek treatment to overcome the addiction.

Family, friends, and other people involved with the abuser play a vital part in the intervention process to show the ill-effects of substance abuse. An interventionist acts as the guide as well as the educator before, during, and after the entire process of intervention.

Necessity of Intervention

How necessary is it to undergo drug intervention? There are many who realize the extent of damage that drug addiction has brought upon them and seek treatment voluntarily. However, for the majority who simply refuse or are reluctant for one reason or another, intervention remains as one of the more successful drug abuse treatment strategies to rely on.

Denial will always be a stumbling block to overcoming addiction. The usual recourse is for drug users to put the blame on others while absolving themselves of the responsibility. Intervention breaks this vicious cycle of denial and allows the drug abuser to see past and beyond the wall of denial so that he can get back on the road to rehabilitation.

Intervention Timing

The understanding before was that abusers need to hit rock bottom before they are ready to seek treatment. Unfortunately, this can prove to be disastrous and can make rehabilitation difficult. So when is the right time to have an intervention?

The suggested intervention timing is before any damage is sustained by the abuser. This means that a treatment plan should already be prepared that will take the drug abuser directly to treatment after the process of intervention has completed.

In this instance the role of the professional interventionist would be to escort the abuser to the chosen rehabilitation facility for treatment.

Why Professional Intervention

Is it possible for family and friends to do the intervention process without the presence of a professional interventionist? Yes it is possible, but, considering that there is so much riding on the process, staging an intervention without a professional present can have disastrous effects.

Staging an intervention with a professional present can help breakdown walls of denial. A professional is prepared to handle situations wherein the drug abuser can suddenly become angry, violent, or confrontational. So essentially, the presence of the professional interventionist can ensure that the process will go smoothly and improve the chances of getting treatment for the abuser.

Another thing that family and friends should understand is that staging an intervention can be an emotionally-charged activity. Something that they may be ill-prepared to handle. It is normal for participants to express hurt, anger, and negative feelings because of the actions of the drug abuser. However, it is necessary not to lose track of the fact that an intervention is about the drug abuser and not the participants.

Name calling, accusations, and other practices that can hamper the road to rehabilitation should be kept out of the process. In most instances, without a professional interventionist acting as a moderator, the whole process just goes down the drain.

Bottom line is that experienced and professional interventionists possess the right training and knowledge to truly help not only the drug abuser, but the family, friends, and colleagues as well.

If you want to know more about successful drug abuse treatment strategies, contact the Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) today!

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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