If you have a friend, colleague or family member who is unfortunate enough to suffer from drug or alcohol addiction then it is likely you are unsure how to help the person concerned. Choosing the help of a professional counsellor to conduct an intervention meeting in the presence of all those concerned could be the solution you seek. In fact, by intervening without the help of a professional counsellor you could risk making the situation even worse. The addiction has likely taken over your friend or loved one’s ability to rationally deal with your concerns and without the help of a professional, resistance is likely to arise.
Addicts often fail to understand the health and emotional consequences of addiction and often minimise the seriousness of the situation in their mind. Often arriving at a solution seems impossible. Even if you search the Internet for a solution the options available probably seem vast and confusing. Any solution you do find may be dismissed as unnecessary by the addict concerned.
For this reason professional addiction intervention is often the smartest move you could make in ensuring your friend, colleague or loved one receives the required help.
How intervention works
Intervention is in essence a meeting between family, colleagues or friends which takes place in the presence of the addict and a professional addiction counsellor. The counsellor will take guiding charge over the meeting and will control the flow of the discussion. This ensures charged emotions are kept at bay on both sides of the fence. Professional intervention of this nature often means the addict will take the proceedings seriously from the start. The aim of the meeting is to ensure the addict fully appreciates the health implications of his or her addiction and so that the addict understands addiction to drugs and alcohol is considered a medical illness like any other.
Before the meeting begins our counsellor will meet with you to ensure he or she understands the addict's addiction history and any special circumstances which must be dealt with during the intervention meeting.
The counsellor gathers notes on:
- History surrounding the addiction
- The temperament of the addict concerned
- Addiction and non-addiction related health concerns
- Information of each attendee including information on their relationship with the addict
- Any other relevant information
During the meeting
Once the meeting has begun the counsellor will transition into rehabilitation options open to the addict. Options typically entail rehabilitation of a residential nature where the addict moves into the centre in order to complete detoxification and subsequent counselling. During detoxification powerful withdrawal symptoms will be monitored 24 hours a day by our medical staff until stabilisation is achieved.
During intervention each person present will gain an opportunity to voice their feelings. The mood of the meeting will be positive. Negative feelings such as blame, guilt and intolerance will be avoided throughout. Instead the meeting will focus on a positive and supporting environment which is conducive to change.
Action plan for change
Rehab 4 Addiction’s team of qualified counsellors carry out intervention meetings throughout the United Kingdom. Professional intervention is often the first milestone in the addict’s long term recovery plan. During the conclusion of the meeting the counsellor will re-iterate what was covered during the meeting and a rehabilitation action plan will be drawn up. Typically by the conclusion of the meeting the addict will recognise he or she has a problem.
Start the intervention process today
Arrange professional drug or alcohol intervention today by calling Rehab 4 Addiction on 0800 140 4690. We run intervention meetings throughout the United Kingdom through our extensive network of professional rehabilitation centres. We are able to offer quick interventions, usually within 48 hours. You can contact Rehab 4 Addiction on 0800 140 4690 or by filling out the enquiry form.