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What is Drug and Alcohol Addiction Intervention?

What Issues of Burnout Do Those in the Mental Healthcare Profession Experience?

When your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, he or she can be in denial of their problem. Addiction to drugs or alcohol not only affects your loved one, but family, friends, and coworkers are impacted as well. His or her addiction increases their risk of developing serious health complications, overdose, or early death.

Drug or alcohol addiction affects you and your family’s mental and emotional health. Everyone constantly fears and worries about their loved one. He or she often comes in late to work, or not at all. This increases coworkers’ stress, as they must take on the absent person’s workload.

When your loved one is in denial about their addiction, it can be hard to encourage them to get treatment. Intervention is a great option for convincing your loved one they need help. He or she may unintentionally think they are a social drinker. They might also brush off their addiction to drugs as just something to do for fun. An intervention helps your loved one face their problems with drugs or alcohol and allows them to see how much family and friends care.

An intervention with your loved one will include family, friends, and an intervention specialist who acts as a mutual party and monitors the communication and intervention. When you arrange for an intervention, expect your loved one to resist treatment, become hostile, and act aggressively. Prepare yourself in advance for the possible negative scenarios in intervention.

Develop a plan with the intervention specialist on what to do and not to do in intervention.

Family and friends can write down how their loved one’s drug or alcohol abuse has affected their lives and read them during the intervention. In addition, you should press the importance of his or her getting treatment for their addiction. Let him or her know how much they mean to you and why you care.

Describe the harmful physical and mental effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Express your love and support for their treatment and recovery. Doing an intervention helps family and friends to stop enabling their loved one. Establish boundaries and be firm with your expectations. Encourage your loved one to get help and support them throughout treatment, if they decide to go. Continue to acknowledge his or her accomplishments during recovery.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers the Professional Treatment Program, designed specifically to address the unique needs of professionals, like first-responders. Our programs are designed to treat co-occurring disorders which might arise and restore first-responders in a way which allows them to return to work and continue taking care of their mental health. For information on our full continuum of care for professionals, call us today: (855) 422-4129

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