May 11, 2018
Why You Need A Professional Intervention
Intervention 101

Why You Need the Help of a Professional Interventionist in Getting Treatment for an Addicted Loved One

Addiction is a pervasive disease, and addiction issues tend to bleed into the fabric of the sufferer’s everyday life, typically creating undue turmoil within the family construct – hindering communication and impeding rational decision-making. Intervention Helpline offers reasons why family interventionists can be a real difference to those struggling with dependency.

Individuals in the grips of addiction are usually focused on one thing: their next fix. Friends and family members are often not equipped to help their loved one seek out and maintain the treatment he or she desperately needs and deserves.

That’s Where Professional Intervention Comes In

Professional Interventionists are all board certified, licensed and trained in every aspect of substance use treatment – with extensive knowledge of every type of treatment option available: detox, short-term, long-term, partial hospitalization, outpatient, dual diagnosis, sober living, and more.

Interventionists also have a comprehensive understanding of third-party insurance payers, both pubic and private – and will work with your family to ensure that treatment is covered as much as possible. Professional interventionists are here to advise, mediate, and expedite the process of getting the help and treatment your loved one needs and deserves.

Addiction Intervention FAQs

Can You Help Someone Who Doesn’t Want Help?

Yes, and it’s important to realize that your loved one who is suffering from addiction is not rational enough to determine whether or not he or she needs help. Treatment is the only option to curb addiction, and a professional interventionist is the best way to mediate this dire situation.

Is Addiction Really Life Or Death?

Yes, every hour, every day, every minute that goes by while your loved one is actively feeding his or her addiction increases the risk of incarceration, serious physical injury, potential long-term mental or emotional suffering, and death.

Can My Loved One Just Stop Using On Their Own?

No, it is extremely dangerous to detox without medical supervision. Withdrawal symptoms and side effects are excruciatingly painful, and can last for more than a week. Typically, patients who try to detox on their own end up relapsing shortly thereafter. There is a far greater risk of overdose in that initial relapse phase. It is imperative that your loved one seeks treatment, and receives medically assisted detox for his or her substance use issue to ensure a safe transition into the recovery phase.

Are Crisis Interventionists Therapists?

No, crisis interventionists have the interests of the family members in mind first. We represent the family members, and are not bound to the patient’s interests beyond our collective shared interests to find help quickly and seek immediate recovery treatment.

Will Insurance Cover Treatment?

In most cases, yes – a professional interventionist will work with you to determine the right facility that will cover the cost of treatment, and provide the tools your loved one needs to maintain a sober recovery from drugs and alcohol

Is Every Treatment Program The Same?

No, every treatment program is unique, though most share a few key common threads – particularly the use of steps or phases in treatment progression. Some treatment models are acute – short-term and only focus on detox, sometimes 72 hours or less. Longer-term recovery programs typically yield a higher likelihood of sustainable abstinence, particularly when treatment phases last over a year, and are intertwined with follow up individual and group therapy or evolve into the patient’s transition into a sober living environment.

What If My Loved One Suffers From A Mental Health Disorder?

If your loved one suffers from a mental health disorder, it’s important to provide the professional interventionist with as much information as possible. Type of diagnosis; how long ago was he or she diagnosed? Is your loved one currently taking medication? If so, what? If not, has he or she taken medication in the past? The professional addiction interventionist will look to find a recovery facility that specializes in dual-diagnosis treatment. In a dual-diagnosis facility, mental health professionals will treat the behavioral disorder while concurrently addressing the addiction issue.

What If My Loved One Has Chronic Pain Issues?

If your loved one suffers from chronic pain it is important to inform your intervention specialist of those issues – in looking for a detox program and subsequent recovery program, he or she would aim to place your loved one in a medically assisted environment, where trained doctors and nurses are equipped to safely and thoughtfully manage withdrawal, and treat chronic issues.

Are There Any The Risks Involved With Family Interventions?

There are always risks involved; your loved one could get angry or flee. However, the reward is life vs. potential death. A professional interventionist is board certified with vast experience handling intricate and delicate situations, dealing with every type of personality imaginable. The interventionist will communicate with your family well before the intervention takes place. All of us will be on the same page, with one unifying goal – to get help for your loved one.

How Long Until My Loved One Is Better?

Your loved one will usually start feeling better within a few days of treatment; but that’s when the real work begins. Recovery is a life-long journey, and addiction is a disease. Your loved one will never be cured, but he or she will be given the tools, the guidance, and the support and to effectively manage the illness over the long run.

What’s The Best Treatment Option?

The best option for treatment is whatever’s best for you and your family, and more importantly for the long-term health of your loved one battling the addiction. Treatment options vary; longer-term plans usually yield higher success rates. The professional interventionist will map out a tentative plan, giving you and your family options for detox treatment and up to a year or more in aftercare options. This may involve multiple facilities or organizations, even spread out over multiple locales or states.

Is Your Family Struggling With Addiction?

A professional interventionist can help guide you through the first step. Your loved one may not be able to take that first step on their own. An interventionist will help you select a facility that’s covered by your insurance, provide insight into your treatment options, and serve as a mediator to ensure your loved one gets the help he or she needs and deserves.

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