Let’s get real
It is commonly stated that the last person to notice that he or she is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction is the addict. Long before the addict becomes aware of the existence of a substance abuse problem, friends and family members have often already detected it. According to an article published on HealthyPeople.gov, 95 percent of substance abusers do not realize they have a problem. The purpose of an intervention is to make the person suffering realize that he or she is sick and then make the decision to seek treatment. If a person waits to long to get help an intervention can come in the form of a legal or medical event. For example, a mandate from a drug court as an alternative to prison or a hospitalization caused by substance use . Unfortunately, the criminal justice system continues to be the largest referrer of patients to substance abuse treatment in the nation. In this case, the motivation to intervene is mostly about the public good, which will always be improved when an individual’s wellbeing has improved.
Why our approach to intervention works
When we approach the intervention from a place of love and understanding (like a family meeting), the person we’re all trying to help is much more receptive to receiving the help they deserve. Our approach is based on individualism. Each person is different, each family is different, therefore each intervention may be different. We cannot use a blanket approach when treating a serious illness such as addiction. Our team evaluates the identified patient through family members and friends, then makes a detailed recommendation on how the intervention should be conducted.
What an intervention looks like
Drew Horowitz and his team works with you, the family members and other participants for the necessary time before meeting with the person fighting with addiction. Drew and his team of clinicians gather information from you about the person struggling with addiction, and who you’d like to invite to the family meeting. We’ll coach you on what to write down, often in the form of a letter to read to your loved one. When it’s time for the meeting to occur, we approach this as a family meeting with a moderator (Drew and our staff), a person who guides your family through this meeting without the theatrics and high stress activity you may have seen on tv. We approach the person who is working through addiction from a place of love, understanding and grace.
After the intervention, we’ll help to safely carry your loved one to treatment. If they decide not to go to treatment immediately, we’ll follow up with you to make sure all of your questions are answered and to check in on your loved one and their actions and decisions after intervention.
Do interventions work?
This very simple question does not have many simple answers. This is because defining success is difficult and often subjective. Is the goal for the individual to agree to seek treatment? Is the objective for him or her to complete treatment? Is sustained sobriety the primary aim; and if so, what quantity of time qualifies as “sustained?” The very arbitrary nature by which one family or addict defines success versus another makes answering the question of whether addiction interventions work very inexact.
On one hand, there is strong evidence that correlates familial involvement in addiction treatment to successful outcomes. But an intervention without the guidance of a licensed professional interventionist can potentially strain the relationship between an addict and his or her family. He or she may feel betrayed, hurt, ambushed and/or angry – likely derailing the intervention effort and potentially alienating the addict from the family.
It is widely believed by much of the medical community and the addiction recovery industry that interventions make an addict more likely to seek help, and chances of success improve when working with a professional interventionist. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), reports a higher than 90 percent success rate of interventions involving a trained professional result in the addict agreeing to seek treatment.
A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse compared the treatment outcomes of methamphetamine addicts who were forced into rehabilitation against those who voluntarily sought treatment. The research determined that there was no statistical difference in the results
How to get started
We encourage you to reach out to us via phone, text or email today so we can help you and your loved one get started on the road to recovery.