Intervention: Addiction and Treatment

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Erin Parker

The Intervention

What is an Intervention? According to Webster’s dictionary it defines “intervene” as “to come between as an influencing force, as in order to modify, settle, or hinder some action, argument etc.” This paper will give you a step-by-step guideline to follow to in order to conduct a successful intervention to a client in need of a clinical intervention for drug abuse. Scientific inquiry demonstrates that one way of coping with drug abuse is to conduct an intervention. What is a drug abuse intervention? For the most part, an intervention can be viewed as a step in the drug abuse rehab procedure in which the drug abuser is confronted with reference to his or her drug abuse and how his or her abusive, excessive, and carefree substance abuse has affected family members, friends, co-workers, and possibly neighbors. With that said the first step is to make plans with all that is concerned about the individual with the substance abuse problem a direct intervention with family, friends and anyone who can attest to the way their life style that they are leading is negatively affecting his/her life and others around them. Communication is key in this step that the well-being and brighter future is what the best interest is, discuss what each is going to say to the individual and always affirm that the future of sobriety is the best course of action. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, intervention is most successful when it is planned specifically for the individual and his or her specific stage of addiction. Indeed, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse explained in their publication, Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment, A Research-Based Guide, “the individual’s age, gender, ethnicity, and culture” are important considerations for treatment. The same concept applies to intervention, which is why planning is essential to a successful intervention. Here are some factors to consider while devising an individual-specific intervention strategy, perhaps with the assistance of an intervention specialist: The second step is to consult with a professional, such as a therapist or a counselor before the intervention. Any suggestions or guidance can be beneficial in preparation for what is to come for the individual during the intervention. This is where you will talk amongst yourselves and discuss issues and take notes about how you are going to approach the negative behavior. Writing letters deep from the heart is something that is often recommended to express your true feelings that can try and help convince them to seek the treatment in other words an amazing opportunity that is being given to them. You do not want to intimidate, embarrass, victimize, or belittle him/her at this stage because they are defensive and fearful and usually very angry. You want them to be able to listen with as much of a clear mind as they can. According to Dole, V.P. Nyswander, M.; and Kreek, M.J. Narcotic. Archives of internal Medicine 118:304-309, 1996 evidence has stated that the first two stage s are very crucial in obtaining a success for the individual to want to accept treatment. It is under the guidance and information that the clinician/therapist is to provide for the start of the intervention. The next step is to put together categories of lists that that you can help him/her understand that the patterns of behaviors are to be no longer tolerated. These are statements that you can state that if they continue to happen a different outcome is going to happen. A list of the losses that they may have already experienced is created whether it be they have lost their job, are not welcome in homes with no super vision, relationships are ruined, trust is gone. All their personal possessions have been taken away and they may have a criminal history. Be sure to highlight all of the consequences and ultimatums related to every topic you bring up to make sure...
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