It could break your heart when you see a loved one struggle with some form of addiction or mental health problem. The road to recovery could start with a direct confrontation and a heart-to-heart talk. However, this doesn’t always do the trick. When it comes to these kinds of challenges, it is normal for people to have a hard time acknowledging the fact that their lives are unmanageable. This is often due to slowly acclimating to a higher level of discomfort than is healthy or normal. To overcome this, a more direct approach is required. You’ll most likely need a collaborative and formal effort. This is where Intervention Specialists come in.
What Exactly Is an Intervention?
An intervention is a systematic process that is aimed at helping people recuperate effectively from compulsive and potentially destructive spells of addiction, or the dangerous and debilitating effects of mental health episodes. Intervention is a compassionate and loving experience to be carried out by anyone; close friends, acquaintances family members, clergy members and colleagues in consultation with an Intervention Specialist. The main point of an intervention is to get a loved one to access the treatment they need.
An intervention effort usually involves people gathering and counseling a beloved friend, family member or colleague, to motivate them to accept their treatment. A typical intervention effort usually includes:
- A loving and respectful communication of well wishes and appreciations of the identified client as a means of helping them find their way back to their strengths and goals.
- A clear outline of the treatment plan, with stated and firm objectives and goals and the steps which will be taken to achieve these goals.
- The consequences of not accepting the treatment, both sort term and long term
It is highly important to note that for an intervention effort to be successful it must be systematic and each person’s role should be clearly stated. Otherwise, you run the risk of making the situation significantly worse.
Benefits of a professional intervention
- It allows for the treatment of a mental health episode or addiction in its early stage which can improve overall outcomes.
- Intervention specialists will help change the typical family dynamic and bring an added objectivity and efficiency in addressing the identified client.
- A carefully crafted intervention process will eliminate chaos and heightened anger as everyone is aware of their roles and their commitment to the process.