Drug and Alcohol Addiction Interventions


To enter drug and alcohol addiction treatment and achieve sobriety is ultimately the individual’s decision and responsibility – but loved ones who want to help encourage treatment may use interventions as a tool to hopefully push their loved one toward getting help.

What are drug and alcohol addiction interventions?

Interventions use the power of love and concern to break through the addict’s denial in order to get him or her to enter drug rehab. Successful interventions are carefully planned, sometimes with the aid of a professional interventionist.

Some mistakenly consider intervention as an emotional ambush or uncaring attack, but properly handled interventions are just the opposite. Done the right way, interventions can save a life — the majority of professional interventionists convince at least 85% of the addicts to enter a treatment facility.

Can I copy the interventions on reality shows for my family’s own intervention?

You shouldn’t, because not all addictions and situations are the same. Using someone else’s intervention strategy in your own household can be less effective, or even backfire, causing your loved one to dive deeper into substance abuse. After all, there may only be one opportunity to approach and/or convince him or her to enter treatment.

What are the different types of intervention structures?

There are two main intervention approaches. One is the Johnson Model, in which loved ones meet with the interventionist to plan without the knowledge of the individual. The other model is the Systemic Family Intervention, which includes the individual in the education and preparation stages.

The Johnson Model features an element of surprise that could make the individual angry or resentful. The Systemic Family Intervention is more inclusive and respectful, but allowing the individual to participate in the planning stages of an intervention creates an opportunity for some to hijack or sabotage the process.

The common thread in both intervention approaches is family members or friends reading letters that express their love for the addict, their concern for the addictive behavior and an appeal that help is sought. Love and support are the key ingredients.

The invention concludes with an ultimatum, stating that your loved one must enter drug or alcohol rehab or face serious consequences that may include divorce, loss of financial support or criminal charges.

What it means to “raise the bottom…”

Much has been said about the importance of drug addicts or alcoholics hitting “rock bottom” in order to successfully enter recovery. Rock bottom presents the idea that without hitting the absolute depths of the disease of addiction, one won’t be ready for treatment, and will resist the behavior and attitude changes necessary in getting clean. The problem with waiting for rock bottom, however, is that many get arrested, suffer irreversible harm or even die before they get there.

Besides drugs and alcohol, interventions have helped change the lives of those dealing with a variety of process addictions, including gambling, sex, shopping food and addiction.

Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943 for professional guidance on intervention, if it’s the right time for an intervention and if so, the appropriate approach.

No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you with an addiction intervention. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury rehab programs.

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