Substance abuse interventions are designed to support a person with addiction realize the need for help. Substance abuse interventions are often last-ditch efforts to get a person into substance abuse treatment but require careful, well-thought out planning to be successful. Learn some helpful drug intervention strategies to create a better intervention.
Confrontational interventions can be helpful but another approach called CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training model) can also be helpful. Family members who use the CRAFT model learn about safety, functional analysis, contingency management, communication and life enhancement skills. The process is longer term which supports family members in utilizing ‘insider’ information about how people with addiction behave. The method has seen increasing success in support a person with alcoholism or addiction enter treatment.
Several stages of intervention exist as it is a complex process. The basic stages are as follows:
Planning: Loved ones will meet an intervention specialist, decide on participants and what should be said during the intervention.
Execution: A person with addiction must be convinced to sit and listen to what other people have to say about the addiction. The person must then decide whether to enter substance abuse treatment or perhaps lose support of loved ones.
Follow Up: If the person with addiction refuses treatment, loved ones must follow up with consequences (stopping enabling behavior, covering for loved one, end financing or housing arrangements, etc). Some may go further and stop all communication with the loved one.
The following drug intervention strategies can aid loved ones set the stage for a successful intervention:
It can be hard to watch a loved one struggle with addiction. That is why Hired Power is here, to help families make the transition to treatment easier and more effective. Call us to find out how we can support you in getting the necessary help for your loved one.
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