Many people believe that a professional interventionist is all they need to successfully get through to their addicted friend or loved one. Perhaps they saw an intervention portrayed in a movie or on a TV show. While these depictions can be entertaining, they are not often accurate. While it is true that a specially trained interventionist may be able to help, there are five things you should know before calling one.
Interventions Are Risky
Most interventions do not go exactly as planned. Interventions are emotionally charged events. The confronted individual often feels surprised or even trapped. In rare cases this can even lead to incidents of violence. In many cases the addict at the center of the intervention simply disconnects from everyone and leaves. Interventions are risky and should only be conducted when every other attempt to get through to the addict has failed. It is important that everyone involved understands these risks before proceeding.
Special Training is Key
Any confrontation with words of concern or an offer to help find treatment can rightly be considered a type of intervention. A phone call, note or even a simple text message can all be a part of the process. But when you have tried all of those avenues and your loved one still either fails to recognize his or her problem, or refuses to deal with it, a formal intervention may be called for. But regardless of any media depictions you have seen, an actual intervention should not be attempted without the help of a professionally trained interventionist. These professionals offer the following critical services:
- Detailed and meticulous preparation
- Education and preparation for every person involved
- Help for the family and friends in establishing and enforcing healthy boundaries
- Assistance in determining exactly who should be at the intervention and who should not
- Help planning for treatment if the intervention is successful
- Much more detailed information than an internet article can possibly offer
Do not attempt to conduct an intervention on your own. Ask the interventionist you are considering for references and extensive information about his or her experience, certifications and training.
You Must Plan for All Possible Outcomes
Interventions almost never go as planned. It is of the utmost importance that you prepare for every possible outcome. Establishing boundaries and consequences is an important component. You don’t want to contribute to your loved one’s continued substance abuse by enabling his addictive behaviors. Know ahead of time what the consequences will be if the addict refuses to get help. This may include cutting off financial support or making the addict move out of your home. It may include some type of relational distance or isolation.
On the other hand, if the addict responds positively you must have a plan ready to implement. Which program will he or she enter? How soon can admission occur? Are the finances covered? Any lag time between a person deciding that it is time to go to treatment, and that person actually arriving at a treatment program, greatly decreases the likelihood that it will happen. The more logistical details you can pre-arrange, the more likely it is that the addict will transition successfully into treatment. We can help you with all of these details. Call our helpline now.
Rehab Is Just The Beginning
Remember that inpatient treatment for addiction is just the beginning of the recovery process. For some people addicted to Ambien the residential portion of treatment lasts for around a month. Others find that more intensive programs lasting up to a year are beneficial. Remember that the goal is recovery, not re-entering life as quickly as possible. The recovering addict needs significant time and coaching to develop new coping strategies and stress management tools. Even after formal rehab is completed long-term aftercare is critical.
The following are just a few examples of the types of programs and activities that support a recovering addict’s sobriety after rehab:
- Ongoing private counseling (various methods can be effective)
- Regular support group meetings
- Engaging in pre-planned social outings with other recovering addicts
- Reading helpful books and watching films that encourage recovery
- Improving physical health and diet
- Family counseling
For many recovering addicts the process of supporting sobriety is a lifelong affair. It is helpful to develop close friendships with other recovering addicts who understand the experience of Ambien addiction and recovery.
You Need Help Too
Addicts are not the only ones affected by the disease of addiction. You and the other loved ones in the proximity of the addict will benefit from both individual counseling and support group meetings. Addiction changes the way people relate to each other. Bad habits evolve around the disease and, if not checked, these habits can devastate the lives of everyone touched by the addiction. Whether your intervention is successful or not you should be receiving counseling and support by a trained and experienced therapist. If your loved one accepts your intervention and enters Ambien addiction treatment you will need special help preparing for what comes next. If he or she does not accept your offer of help you will need help learning how to lovingly enforce difficult boundaries for your own protection and as a way of preventing enabling or other codependent behavior.
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If you have more questions about addiction, recovery and interventions. Please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night for free, confidential, no-strings-attached, help and support. We can help you decide if it’s time for an intervention and then connect you with one of the best professional interventionists available today. We are here to support you as you endeavor to help your friend or loved one with Ambien addiction. Call any time.