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Interventions in Northern New Jersey

If you’re concerned with a loved one’s addiction problem, an intervention may be needed before he or she agrees to help. Psycho-Educational Associates of New Jersey can make the process much easier for those residing in or around Totowa, Woodland Park, and Little Falls Township.

What is an Intervention?

Intervention involves confronting an individual about addiction problems and asking that person to undergo treatment. To be effective, the intervention should be planned carefully and have the participation of friends and family, as well as a medical professional or addiction treatment specialist. The intervention can also be directed by a professional interventionist, and accompanied by others who care about the addict, such as clergy and co-workers.

The key elements of an intervention are:

  • Concrete examples of the destructive effects that the addiction is having on the addicted person and those who care about him or her
  • A step-by-step plan for treatment with specific goals to be reached
  • A detailed outline of how the intervention participants will respond if treatment is refused by the addicted person

Who Can an Intervention Help?

It’s challenging to help a loved one who is struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road to recovery. Unfortunately, this does not necessarily mean that the individual will find it easy to recognize the problems caused by addictive behavior. When this happens, an intervention attended by those who care about the addicted person can start the process of recovery.

An intervention can be valuable in a number of addictions, such as:

  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Compulsive eating
  • Alcoholism
  • Street drug abuse
  • Compulsive gambling

When individuals are dealing with active addiction, they are likely to deny the problems they are experiencing and may reject the need for treatment. Despite the damaging effects of the addiction, the individual affected may still not understand the need for recovery.

With an intervention, the addicted person you care about will be given the chance and motivation to start recovery before problems worsen.

What will Help Make an Intervention Successful?

It is important to remember the strong emotions surrounding the addiction. In view of this, loved ones may experience a range of feelings, including even anger and contempt, as they consider the need to help the addicted individual. This makes certain steps essential for success:

  • Take enough time to plan the intervention before carrying it out. Remember that, even though, a spontaneous intervention may be ineffective, an overly complex plan might discourage participation from those involved.
  • Perform the intervention at a specific time. The intervention must be scheduled for a day and time when the addicted individual will probably not be impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Research the situation beforehand so that you understand the addiction.
  • Designate a leader to organize and propel the effort toward success.
  • Communicate and confirm that everybody agrees on similar points regarding the addiction and intervention. On a regular basis, get together to share new information on the situation and rally each other.
  • Rehearse the intervention together. During the rehearsal, you can determine where and when people will sit and speak. This will prevent fumbling during the actual intervention.
  • Be ready for objections voiced by the addicted person. In case your loved one rejects responsibility and wants to forgo treatment, you should be prepared with logical responses rather than anger. Help your loved one get treatment by giving plenty of support, such as arranging for visiting therapists or scheduling childcare.
  • Prevent a hostile encounter. The addicted person needs you to be respectful, loving and supportive rather than angry. Although honesty is essential for a successful intervention, it is also important to avoid a confrontational atmosphere. Participants should not call the addicted person names or make harsh accusations.
  • Keep to the plan once the intervention begins. If you stray from the process you have outlined, the intervention may not only fail to provide a solution, but also create an atmosphere of hostility. Your loved one may become angry or accusatory, but you should stay calm and recognize this as an attempt at avoiding the issue.
  • Ask the addicted person to make a decision right away. Your loved one may ask for time to consider the options you present, but you must not accept this. If a solution is delayed, the addicted person may continue to deny the issue, abandon everyone involved or engage in a hazardous spree of drug or alcohol use. You should be ready to take your loved one for an evaluation and treatment program as long as he or she consents to the approach.

We offer a number of intervention programs, including:

Interventions are a great way to show a loved one you are concerned without making that person feel judged. Here at Psycho-Educational Associates, we have experienced, caring professionals standing by ready to provide you with intervention help and a variety of other services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!