ABOUT FAMILY INTERVENTIONS
WHAT IS AN INTERVENTION
An intervention is a meeting of a group of people (usually family, sometimes friends or employers) who are concerned about someone’s alcohol or drug consumption. The sole aim is to persuade the addicted individual that the problem has reached such proportions that the only way forward for all concerned is an immediate admission to a treatment centre.
WHY AN INTERVENTION?
The objective of an intervention is to focus all the family and friends energy and attention at the right time, in the same place.
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An intervention is a meeting of a group of people (usually family, sometimes friends or employers) who are concerned about someone’s alcohol or drug consumption.
The sole aim is to persuade the addicted individual that the problem has reached such proportions that the only way forward for all concerned is an immediate admission to a treatment centre.
It is a traumatic experience for any family to watch their loved one or friend in the cycle of self destruction that is alcoholism or addiction. Alcoholics and addicts are often resistant to admitting that they have a problem.
This is part of their condition and a feature of the addictive illness. A group of people focused on drawing attention to the nature of the addiction can have a powerful effect, far more intense than if each person were to approach the addicted individual separately.
A well planned and professional intervention can successfully challenge the denial and behaviour in the addicted individual and force them to accept help.
The objective of an intervention is to focus all the family and friends energy and attention at the right time, in the same place. It is about turning the volume up sufficiently for someone who’s become somewhat deaf over the years. It is not about shouting or screaming. An intervention is not an opportunity for family and friends to raise old hurts or voice their anger and frustration with their loved one’s behaviour.
july 30, 2013: (HSCIC) Drug / Alcohol dependency Figures up by74%
Prescriptions dispensed to treat alcohol dependency in England have increased by almost 75 per cent in nine years, Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) figures show.
FAMILY INTERVENTIONS FOR ADDICTS IN THE UK
Interventions are particularly popular in the U.S.A and are not yet formally practised much in the U.K, but thankfully this is changing.
Interventions are widely regarded as being an effective means of persuading a loved one to enter into an addiction treatment centre.
Fundamentally the point of an intervention is to carry across the immense concern over the drinking or drugging that has escalated to a point where it is no longer possible to continue without changes.
Successful interventions are about orchestrating different sources of pressure and bringing them to bear in one movement upon the addicted individual.
This may involve family, work or legal pressure, perhaps all three.
There will be further opportunities to explore the family’s hurt and anger during the treatment process.
By allowing the family to focus their attention on the immediate crisis and get their loved one into a treatment centre, they buy themselves some much needed time to recoup and get on with their lives.
Staging an intervention is the most loving thing you can do for a family member or friend who is in the grip of this progressive illness.
Without the appropriate treatment, an alcoholic or addict’s drinking or using will continue to spiral out of control, putting increasing risks on health, emotional and possibly legal well being and other areas of their life.
THE ILLNESS GETS WORSE WITHOUT TREATMENT NEVER BETTER……WHY WAIT ?
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