Addiction is a progressive disease that becomes chronic, incurable and even fatal if left untreated. It is estimated that 1 in 5, or 20% of all Canadians, suffer from substance abuse and mental health afflictions. Addressing substance abuse is a very complex process as the patient may be unable to judge the impact it may have on their family and loves ones. Addicts engage in denial, reject help, react defensively and shut out loved ones who try reach out to them. This is why an intervention may be necessary to assist in their recovery.
WHAT IS AN INTERVENTION?
An effective intervention is a process where friends and family join forces with a professional interventionist to convince the addict to confront their addiction and its devastating effects. It involves candid yet supportive and loving discussions where friends and family members explain addiction’s distressing impact. It is the beginning of the healing process that establishes the connection between an addict’s substance abuse and the shattering effects.
Awareness and acknowledgement of the problem is a necessary first step before the healing can begin. Professionally facilitated interventions follow time tested scientific approaches with empirically proven results. A professional interventionist is a certified, highly trained subject matter expert who is armed with a comprehensive set of tools designed to penetrate the addict’s defense mechanisms. They assist the addict with their denial of the depth of their illness in a supportive, loving fashion that facilitates commitment to the path of treatment and recovery.
Why is a professionally guided intervention necessary?
Approaching a loved one about their addiction is an extremely difficult and emotionally taxing endeavor. The addict’s defense and coping mechanisms obscure the true nature of their affliction. Most addicts believe that they are in control and underestimate the hold substance abuse has on their lives. Their loved ones on the other hand, have witnessed the destructive effects and downward trajectory that the addict is on. Attempts to help are often rebuffed in a hurtful, defensive manner and force friends and family to back off in fear of getting cut-off. This downward spiral and failure to help the addict leaves friends and family with a heavy emotional burden of hopelessness, frustration, pain and guilt.
Without the assistance of a professional, the addiction’s physical and psychological hold only strengthens over time. Without the right treatment and recovery strategies, addictive behaviors will destroy the individual’s life and consume the lives of those who care for them. Without professional guidance, addicts and their loved ones are often unable to stay the often painful course to recovery. Addiction is empirically proven that professionally guided interventions have a 98% success rate and a lower rate of recidivism. Friends and family lack the necessary training, knowledge necessary to select the right treatment approach at the right level of treatment. We provide customized treatment options that address the patient’s and their loved ones’ unique needs and circumstances. Our team of experts are there to guide you through this transformative healing process. Help is only a phone call away but only you can take that first step and reach out to us.
Who is an intervention for and who should be a part of it?
Interventions are for those who are battling any type of addiction from drug abuse, alcohol, eating disorders and other harmful habits to the affected individual. Friends and family play a pivotal role in the recovery process and those wishing to be involved in recovery will need to provide support in the patient’s life-long recovery process. Continuously supporting the patient post-treatment is key to avoiding relapses. Interventions are emotionally significant, life-changing events that require a degree of emotional resilience from the patient’s friends and family. Our certified interventionists will be there every step of the way providing support and guidance for the addict, and their loved ones. A certified interventionist educates friends and family on how to support their loved one through the recovery process and beyond. Make no mistake, your choice of intervention professional plays a significant role in determining the process’s final outcome.
When to stage an Intervention
An intervention is a suitable approach when an individual has not been able to stop their addictive behavior on their own. The first step is deciding that an intervention is the answer to your loved one’s addiction. If the answer is yes, just pick up the phone and contact us. Our specialists are ready to explain the process in detail, answer all of your questions and concerns. Our initial consultation is free i.e. no obligation whatsoever. Take the first step toward an enduring, lifesaving recovery with Cedars at Cobble
An overview of the interventionist’s role in the recovery process:
- Gather background information from concerned friends and family members in-order-to assess, and recommend an effective treatment plan
- Moderate and facilitate meetings to help participants identify enabling behaviors and consequences
- Facilitate candid yet supportive discussions where loved ones share their concerns with the patient
- Provide emotional support to the patient and accompany them to treatment
- Collaborate with the treatment centre to ensure the successful execution of the various stages of the treatment
- Follow-up with all concerned parties throughout the process and beyond
- Assist the patient in finding sponsorship and support systems that decrease chances of recidivism
The Intervention Process:
- Initial Consultation: can be by phone, in-person or through email
- Meet and Greet: Consultation with family, friends or other concerned parties to evaluate the intervention process and determine the most effective course of action. This is also a time for concerned parties to consider if the suggested intervention plan is a good fit for them
- Intervention Planning Session: Establishes the nuts and bolts of the intervention process, identifies key aspects such as :
- Who should / shouldn’t be present during the intervention
- Treatment readiness evaluation and selection of alternative treatment plans i.e. plan B
- Pretreatment plan covering everything from transportation to managing withdrawal symptoms
- Intervention Rehearsal: we believe that practice makes perfect and in leaving nothing to chance; Friends and family will rehearse their individual roles with guidance and feedback from the interventionist to make the intervention as seamless as possible
Interventions generally follow either a confrontational or a non-confrontational approach and in some cases a blended approach is necessary. The intervention specialist expertly assesses all the information provided by the patient’s friends to identify the most effective approach. Every intervention is unique, there are no one-size fits all solutions. A skilled interventionist carefully tailors their approach to the patient’s and their family’s specific circumstances. For example, the confrontational approach should be deployed in more advanced cases where the patient is likely to hurt themselves or others due to their substance abuse. On the other hand, this approach can be counterproductive if applied to patients who are not in a high risk category. They may acquiesce initially to treatment but become progressively bitter and non-cooperative as treatment progresses, ultimately leading to sub-optimal results. In short, your choice of interventionist specialist is a deciding factor as to whether the intervention succeeds or not.
Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT):
CRAFT is an integral component of our non-confrontational approach that has been proven to be highly effective in getting patient’s to willingly commit / follow treatment programs. Patient buy-in is a key tenet of our non-confrontational approach that makes it more likely for them to stay the course and achieve the desired results. Our highly trained interventionists educate friends and family on the correct strategies for dealing with the addict through the recovery phase and beyond. The results of a successful intervention and treatment plan must be reinforced by the patient’s loved ones. Empowering the patient’s friends and family with the right strategies reduces the risk of relapse and increases the probability of long term success.
Our interventionist specialists are well-versed in a variety of proven intervention models, including but not limited to:
FAMILY SYSTEMIC MODEL
THE JOHNSON MODEL