The Role of an Interventionst
A professional interventionist is trained on how to intervene and help the addicted person through non-critical, non-judgmental, and systematic processes of drug intervention in which the addicted person is capable of seeing his or her own choices of lifestyle.
The addicted person is given an objective feedback about their behavior. When the person truly understands the impact of their drug addiction or alcohol dependence on others, it is highly likely that they will truly begin realizing that their behavior is hurting those who care about them.
Professional intervention has the main goal of helping the addicted person to accept their drug addiction reality and seek help. The drug intervention process is a complex and delicate matter. Only a professional interventionist can do it correctly. If it is not properly done, the addicted person may feel cornered or pressured and may actually turn out to be defensive. The advice from a trained interventionist must be sought when determining and developing the appropriate timing and strategy of intervention.
What Does a Professional Interventionist Do?
A professional interventionist works with those who are close to the addict so as to help the addicted person in acknowledging their addiction. Once they acknowledge their addiction, they can now be put into treatment. The expertise of a professional interventionist lies in his or her breaking through the denial by the addict, identification of excuses and manipulation, and the uniting of co-workers, friends and family behind the common goal of helping the addict. Depending on the intervention purpose and family needs, most professional interventionists help in the following:
- Gathering co-workers, friends and family in the unified effort of helping the addicted person
- Giving tips on how to deal with the anger, excuses, manipulation and denial that is characterizes addiction
- Offering insights in to effective ways and most productive ways of presenting memories and feelings
- Helping the family to seek counseling and set boundaries for protection of their well being
- Management of communication between addict and his or her loved ones
- Helping the addicted person in recognizing the problem and accepting the addiction treatment need,
Recommending the available options of treatment, and following up with members of the family in order to ensure that they offer the necessary support to the addicted person in his or her treatment.
What are the most common intervention strategies?
The intervention strategies applied by professionals range from simple ones such as listening and patient involvement in treatment, to complex ones such as motivational interviewing and trans-theoretical change model. The motivation intervention strategy requires empathic communication that derives from humanistic psychology.
The trans-theoretical change model is aimed at motivating the addicted person to change his or her behavior for the better. An important point to note is that despite the strong evidence of great efficacy of the strategies of early motivation intervention in substance abuse help, the implementation practice is very difficult.
Additional Drug Intervention News
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