Guiding the First Steps on the Road to Recovery Through Substance Abuse Intervention
ALYST Health offers comprehensive substance abuse intervention services to help you and your loved ones take the first step on the road to recovery while establishing a solid foundation for long-term sobriety.
When in the grip of an addiction, loved ones often lack the perspective to recognize how they’re hurting the people around them—even those they care most about. They’re usually the last person to realize how destructive their behavior patterns are. That’s what makes it so difficult to know when or how to begin addressing an addiction, but the decision can save their life.
ALYST’s approach to substance abuse intervention is designed to help everyone impacted by an individual’s drug or alcohol addiction reach a place of mutual understanding through preparation and open communication. Instead of focusing on the addiction itself, we focus on providing a perspective of support and encouragement with two key goals in mind:
- Motivating an individual struggling with drug or alcohol abuse to accept the need for help.
- Educating and supporting family and friends to establish healthy boundaries.
To achieve these two goals, we take a comprehensive approach to planning, executing, and following through on an intervention. A Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) guides you through how to stage an intervention every step of the way.
At ALYST Health, we like to say that interventions are where desperation meets preparation. If you’re feeling desperate about the situation a drug or alcohol addiction has created, our intervention services provide you with the tools, resources, and professional guidance to get started.
Screening of All Proposed Members
We begin by screening all proposed members of the intervention to ensure that they have the ability and perspective to be a productive part of the conversation.
Our Pre-Intervention Workshops provide the opportunity to coach and support everyone involved in the intervention, so they can confidently voice their concerns while motivating their loved one.
Guided Intervention Session
A Certified Intervention Professional coordinates and mediates the intervention session to ensure the conversation remains positive and motivating for the individual struggling with an addiction.
Are you still trying to determine if you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction? Our addiction quiz can provide you with clarity to take the next steps.
Some of the most common misconceptions we hear regarding interventions include:
“Interventions are emotionally charged. I’m worried about backlash.”
Our approach to interventions is based more on facts than emotion. Through experience, we know that individuals cannot be shamed or punished into sobriety. Our Certified Intervention Professionals are experts at navigating between logic and feeling. While emotions are often present during interventions, rational thinking allows everyone to communicate more effectively while understanding the perspective of others.
“We should wait for our loved one to seek help on their own.”
The truth is no one can force another person to change, but that’s not the goal of an intervention. Instead, our interventions focus on helping individuals in the grip of addiction recognize the harm they’re doing to themselves and those around them. With that realization, they then recognize the need to change from within, and we provide them with a plan to achieve that.
“An interventionist can convince my loved one to enter rehab.”
Interventionists are not hypnotists. They don’t have special words to guarantee someone will recognize their addiction and the need to change. Instead, our interventionists follow a specific formula to educate and train each family member while arranging subsequent treatment services for the struggling individual when they are ready to change.
“An intervention can take place at a moment’s notice.”
For an intervention to be successful, it needs to be done right, not right away. That means preparation is critical. From a clinical standpoint, substance use is much more than a coping mechanism—it’s an ineffective solution to a long-term problem. Therefore, altering the trajectory of an individual’s behavior rarely happens in one conversation and takes careful planning to be successful.
“If my loved one refuses treatment after the intervention, we’ve failed.”
Interventions are considered a process rather than a single event. As discussed above, the goal of an intervention is two-fold. While the outcome can’t be controlled, an intervention creates healthy boundaries for everyone involved, and that in itself is a critical milestone for families impacted by addiction.
“We can conduct our own intervention. We don’t need to hire an interventionist.”
Many feel they can persuade their loved one to accept help. Miscommunication, emotions, and lack of healthy boundaries are the main reasons the majority of self-coordinated interventions end negatively. It is best to have an experienced third-party professional plan, orchestrate, and mediate the process.
When you’re ready to take the first steps to addressing the addiction of a loved one, send us a message or give us a call to get started.