An intervention refers to a lot more than just a meeting to tell someone that they have a problem. It is a support system for your friend or loved one who has been dealing with a self-destructive compulsion (in this case, drug or alcohol addiction). The goal of the intervention meeting is to convince the person that they need help and should be open to seeking it. However, with the person being in such a sensitive state, an intervention needs to be handled carefully. It is not meant to be done off-the-cuff without any planning. One of the best ways to make sure that the intervention is performed properly is through a professional interventionist. Here are some of the main qualities that you’ll find with an intervention specialist.
The role of an Interventionist
A professional interventionist sets up the meeting with a customized approach. They do this by talking to the loved ones of the person in order to determine what kind of approach is best. Some require a stern, more direct approach. Others work best under a calmer, more sensitive form of communication. But in either case, the interventionist advises that everyone communicate from a place of love. A selfless, clear-headed approach to the person will make a huge difference.
Picking the right people
A big part of picking the right approach is picking the right people. An intervention is not a party where anyone the person knows can come. It is a place of support for the person who is addicted. This means that the only people present should be those who can understand, support and love this person. It may seem hard to leave out someone else, but if they pose any threat or unnecessary stress, then their presence wouldn’t bring any support.
Provide guidance to the people
Although the chosen family and friends know the person best, they are still not professional intervention specialists. That is why they require preparation and guidance for how an ideal intervention is supposed to move. It is like a play, where everyone has to learn his or her role in the play. However, it is not as stressful as memorizing lines. The only real requirement of everyone is to know their specific purpose and support the person. Some people don’t even have to say anything. They can just sit there to let the person know that you are there for them.
Love and support
At the end of the day, an intervention specialist is meant to help the person who is under the control of drugs/alcohol. And yet, that help means balancing both stern truth and loving support. The interventionist is a professional, but they are nothing without the support of the family and friends of the person. For more information on our services and practice, please feel free to contact Recovery Care Partner today.Learn More
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Cut it at the roots
Addiction is like a tree. If the tree is giving us bad fruit (addiction), we try to cut it off by the branches. This is futile since it does not get rid of the source of the fruit. The branches just grow back. The bad fruit returns. In order to get rid of the fruit permanently, we need to cut it off at the roots. And those roots go deeper than we realize. That is why personal addiction education is so crucial.
Manipulation of the brain
We often fail to realize is that the addictive substance is not the problem. It is how our brain responds to the substance. Drugs and alcohol are not dangerous in of themselves. The danger comes when they are applied to our brains. When a drug like cocaine enters the brain, it manipulates the brain’s usage of natural chemicals. It increases the chemical messenger known as dopamine. Dopamine is known as a “happy hormone.” Dopamine is good and necessary for healthy living. However, cocaine excessively builds up the dopamine between the nerve cells, causing a high. This is not a proper delivery of dopamine and leads to addiction. Many other forms of drugs and alcohol manipulate the brain and body. But one has to ask, why do we even need that excessive amount of dopamine? What are we trying to avoid? This goes back to the origin of the need for the substance.
The desire for the substance
As many discover during recovery, the reason for many addictions is traumatic experiences or personal dilemmas. Drugs and alcohol tend to make facing these problems much more bearable. Now, everyone is different. But for many people, addiction treatment has more to do with the psychological reasons for the substance, rather than the substance itself. That is why our Recovery Care management is here to help you reach the therapeutic goal of personal understanding. We help you get to the core of your reasons for the substance, whether it be personal trauma or other experiences. And once you are able to confront that, your recovery becomes a whole lot more accessible. It may not be easy, but with loving support, it is far more than just possible. It is hopeful.