Understanding and Successfully Utilizing the Intervention Process.
Intervening on a loved one’s addiction is a stressful process. At Urban Recovery, we can help ease the stress and streamline the process by providing you with the world’s most effective intervention, transport and case management services.
Why involve a specialist?
An intervention professional will take into account you and your loved one’s unique circumstances and suggest the best approach that will transcend the obstacles that stand in the way of their accessing quality care that is tailored for their clinical needs and personal circumstances. This is especially true if your loved one is:
- Treatment resistant
- Presents with co-occuring mental health, personality and/or physical issues.
- Is in a relapse from a prior period of sobriety,
- Suffers from compromised cognitive functioning,
- Feels they are being ‘attacked’ for their use,
- Manipulative in their interpersonal relationships.
- Facil in what’s known as the narcissistic cycle of abuse where they become ‘victims’ of your well meaning attempts to get them care.
What does an intervention look like?
An intervention usually includes the following steps:
- A concrete plan with clearly articulated action steps. A family member or friend consults with our highly trained team at Urban Recovery to organize an effective intervention. Once the relevant data is gathered, we will come up with a clearly articulated plan to contain and move the effort towards a successful outcome.
- Form the intervention team. The planning group forms a team that will conduct in the intervention. Team members set a date and location and work together to present a consistent, rehearsed message and a structured plan to the patient. An interventionist keeps the discussion focused on the facts of the problem and shared solutions while meeting- and defusing- the strong emotional responses.
- Articulating consequences for non compliance. If your loved one doesn’t accept treatment, each person on the team decides in advance what actions he or she will take and the specific consequences that will ensue.
- Providing rehearsed ‘scripts’ for team members. Each team member describes specific incidents where the addiction caused problems, such as emotional or financial issues while simultaneously expressing care and the expectation that the patient can change. The key is to keep the conversation focused on personal feelings rather than devolving into arguments and conflict.
- Hold the intervention meeting. At the actual person to person meeting, members of the team take turns expressing their concerns and feelings. The lens through which this information is delivered is through care and concern, rather than negative judgments. Your loved one is presented with a treatment option and asked to accept that option on the spot.
- Follow up. Recovery is a process. There are no ‘silver bullets’. Success is defined incrementally one step at a time. Once the intervention is successful, our team will ensure every other incremental step in the process is contained and set up for success. Ideally, this involves including family members and loved ones in the patients recovery process in highly strategic, contained and clinically relevant engagements.
To be successful and cost effective, interventions must be planned carefully.. A poorly planned, impulsive and dramatic intervention will worsen the situation — your loved one will feel attacked and become isolated or more resistant to treatment.
We can avoid that outcome.
Let Urban make sure your intervention is successful.
Contact us today to find out how we can help.