The whole purpose of an intervention is to help an individual with a problem – usually a substance abuse problem. Interventions are usually planned in order to ensure the person targeted can be helped with a specific problem in an organized and compassionate way. Planning an intervention for someone with an addiction can be done by using some effective tips.
Timing an Intervention
The timing of an intervention is critical. An intervention has a much better chance of success when the addict is approached while sober. Talking to a person who is high may not achieve the desired results. They are likely to be defensive and unreasonable when they are high. Look at their patterns of substance abuse -they may be able to give you an idea of when they are most likely to be sober. This is the time and date you should schedule the intervention. If the timing is off, you may end up doing more harm than good.
Choosing a Location
You should not hold an intervention just anywhere you think might work. You need to find a location that will be conducive to what you are doing. For example, you should avoid places with alcohol such as bars and pubs. Additionally, you should find a place that is peaceful and quiet, a place where your loved one is comfortable and won’t feel trapped. This is going to be a time when you and the people involved will need to talk for some time. A location that is private and intimate is best.
Who Should Participate
When gathering the intervention group, the best thing to do is to contact the addict’s closest family members and friends. These are people he/she is more likely to be comfortable with when talking about his problems. Don’t invite anyone who might stir up feelings of anger or judgment- your loved one should be able to be open and honest among this group. The best people to be involved in an intervention are the people the addict trusts the most. These may be siblings, close school mates or work colleagues. These are crucial factors to consider when you are planning an intervention.
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If you are reading this and have completed the Recovery program, then on behalf of everyone at Recovery Care Partner, congratulations!! You have climbed a huge mountain and revolutionized your life. You must have learned quite a lot during your recovery. However, it is important to remember that both temptation and struggles can still arise post-treatment. It is also important that you remember that none of those struggles own you anymore, and you can stay strong above them. Here are a few sober coaching tips for you to stay clean once recovery is finished and you are back out in the world.
This may at first seem insignificant, but eating healthy actually does do a lot for how one stays on track with recovery. You may have discovered this while in treatment through sober coaching education. Regardless, healthy eating is valuable both during and post-treatment. A balanced diet and regular exercise not only helps stabilize your body, but it also helps rebuild it after the destruction of the addiction.
Hobbies or passions
Addiction is often used as a false substitute for a fulfilling life. Now that you have your life back, it is time to take advantage of your second chance and really enjoy it. Practice some constructive activities. Anything from sports to art can be a wonderful new way of keeping your mind and body focused. Who knows, you might even find something that becomes a real passion.
Avoid Addiction-inducing situations
Although your new life is here, you might still see reminders of your old life in passing. Old friends, habits, or locations related to addictive behavior can still pop up in your day as you readjust. The important thing to do is to first recognize these habits, and then from there develop new habits that replace the old ones. You have to avoid the conditions that bring on the addictive behavior, and the best way to do that is to form new habits and relationships.
Check in Regularly
One of the great things about Recovery Care Partner is that we are not just a treatment facility or a sober coaching service. We are a family. Once you leave treatment, it is perfectly fine (even recommended) to give us a call and update us on how you are doing. We can help you make sense of any thoughts or concerns post recovery.
Our goal at Recovery Care Partner is to help those with a substance abuse disorder recover and grow back into a positive, drug-free life. We incorporate several techniques in order to do that, one of which is our random drug screenings. A random screening is exactly what it sounds like. It is a surprise evaluation meant to check if you are staying drug free. It is an efficient tool for making sure one is staying on track.
Although a random screening may be encouraging to some, it might also be frightening to others. In certain cases, some are deathly afraid of drug screenings. Not because they have been regularly taking the substance, but because of possible malfunctions ruining their chance of recovery. Others just get anxiety from taking any kind of test, regardless if they’ve been relapsing or not. There are two main things that Recovery Care Partner would like to clear up.
First, we take accuracy very seriously in securing test results. There is an occasional chance that a test could mistake prescription medication as the wrong substance, but that is only one portion of the overall evaluation. The final determination is ultimately done by a wise evaluation, not a computer. This evaluator takes in all of the accounts that go into your screening process.
Secondly, at Recovery Care Partner, our main values are focused on you, not your track record. We are here as coaches for your ultimate recovery. If you have any anxieties about the testing process, we are here to listen and make it as comfortable as you need. If you were to fail, we will never abandon you. There will be struggles and we are here to coach you through such problems. Random screenings are only disciplines meant to help keep you on track. Our main way of helping you recover is through proper sober coaching and a friendly treatment program. We are all imperfect and capable of screwing up. It is through friendship that we coach you to see the strength in yourself.
For further information on our random screening process, be sure to contact Recovery Care Partner here.
The road to recovery comes with many leaps and bounds. Unfortunately there may be times where we fall behind and relapse. The important thing to remember is that this is not the end. Recovery is still possible, and through proper sober coaching and education, it is possible to bounce back.
So now that the relapse has occurred, please realize that you are not blame-worthy. You are not a failure. You are fighting a battle and there will be times where you may fall down. But it is not your fault. Now that you have survived the relapse, it is time to get back up and fight again. Your opportunity to beat your addiction is still just as alive as it was before. And it starts with getting practical and learning more about your self and the addiction.
Address the problem
A relapse is an unfortunate, yet oddly educational situation. After the incident, we can be reminded of what fuels our addiction. I don’t just mean the physical chemicals; I am also referring to how our bodies respond to the chemicals. It is important to remember that good things can come out of negative situations, especially when it comes to beating the situation. For instance, the memory of the high is now fresh; so write down how it affected your mind and body. Then compare that experience with how you felt before the high. What part of your body felt the urge the most? What led up to the addiction? Whatever you may have learned about your body, write it down and bring the information to discuss with your trusted counselor. We do not expect you to be able to make sense of how to recover all on your own. Our doctors will help you to get back on track and improve your lifestyle in order to make this relapse the last one. We will even provide for post-treatment support through Recovery Care Monitoring, which will help you stay on track in the outside world. However, that development begins with trusting the counselor.
Honest trust for Sober coaching
Here comes the hard part for many people. Admitting that you relapsed can be pretty scary, especially when you are trying your hardest to progress. What will they think of me? Am I going to be punished? Are thy going to kick me out? These thoughts are all based in fear and not reality. From the beginning, Recovery Care Partner is here for you, not your track record. We understand how hard it is to stay on track and we are here to support you through any trips and falls. There is no judgment, and our counselors find it extremely brave and mature that you would admit your relapse to them. It is only when you come forward that the two of you can begin to discuss moving forward. Proper sober coaching establishes trust, not fear of failure with the patient.