Alaska Interventions for Substance Addiction – Call 800-282-1362

alcoholismThose with a family member or close friend who has a severe addiction understand concern and fear. The person who is suffering from drug abuse may be unwilling to admit that a problem exists or may be fearful that he or she cannot cope. The importance of an intervention should not be overlooked, no matter how difficult it may be to take such a drastic step.

An interventionist is a professional counselor with experience helping families convince a loved one to get treatment for addiction. This is the person who can help family members through the planning process and during the meeting itself, as a guide and a mentor.

In Alaska there are several professionals available to help with the process and to give families or friends the right advice on how to follow through. Sometimes an intervention is the only way to help a person who is otherwise unwilling to seek help on his or her own.

There are a couple different types of interventions. The informal meeting usually involves the addicted person, family members or friends, and a professional addiction counselor. The informal meeting is often suitable when the individual with the drug abuse problem recognizes the need for treatment and is less resistant to the idea of getting help in a suitable treatment center.

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Usually the terms of treatment and recovery can be easily agreed upon and things go fairly smoothly, if family and friends are supportive. The more formal meeting is organized for loved ones who are concerned about the health and welfare of an addicted person. The individual may become hostile or angry when the idea of treatment or an addiction program in Alaska is mentioned.

This is why the process must follow a specific set of procedures and the individual should not have prior knowledge about the confrontation. When family and friends organize such a meeting they present a united front, to stress their love and concern and to provide strong encouragement toward treatment.

familyThe formal intervention is not meant to personally attack the individual or to make him or her pay for any suffering caused. It is organized to show the individual how much loved ones care and how much concern they have.

Often each individual who plans to be present will set some limits in HGH the level of contact or help they wish to have with the addicted person in the future. By setting tough limits they are sending a message that continued drug use is not an option if personal ties are to continue.

At the same time a plan for getting the individual to a suitable treatment center in Alaska will give the person a way to solve the problem immediately. Usually the person with the drug abuse problem will attempt to find an excuse for not getting help. But when loved ones stand firm he or she will often break down by admitting a problem exists and by agreeing to go to an inpatient treatment center.

The interventionist is there to support family members in their pleas for the individual to get treatment for the drug abuse problem. The professional will also be able to explain the details of the selected treatment program or programs being offered.

There are many ways an intervention can be arranged. However, it is important to schedule the meeting in a way that the addicted person is caught off guard and is unaware of the event. The plan will be less effective if the individual knows what is going on in advance.

He or she may even attempt to avoid attending a meeting in order to avoid the confrontation. It is also important for friends and family to avoid attacking the person with the drug abuse problem. This is counterproductive and will not get the same results as an approach that speaks from the heart and shows concern from all who are present.

When organizing a substance abuse intervention, it is always best to have a professional interventionist present. He or she has plenty of experience with such meetings and can give family and friends the best guidance in how to approach the individual. The professional can also set some boundaries in how the conversation goes and what should be said to convince the addicted person to seek treatment.

The goal is to get the individual to treatment before a serious health problem or injury occurs to the addict or to loved ones. If this is the only way to get the person into treatment, it is far better than letting the person go on using the harmful substance.