Have you ever been concerned about a loved one who is, perhaps, drinking too much or you suspect has become a dedicated drug user? It’s not always easy to know how to help, or even how to interfere. Yet you care and you want to do SOMETHING. Have you ever thought about intervention?
What is intervention?
Intervention for drug or alcohol use is a process, a deeply involved, two- to three-day process that aims at changing the dynamics of the family so that the entire group can become a unit that fights the addition. Addicts don’t change just by themselves. For the process to work, the family unit has to change as well.
At Intervention Services, we use a model of intervention that sees both treatment and recovery as puzzle pieces. When they are put together in the right way, they work. When they work, the result is a family that realizes help is available and an addict will be unlikely to check out of rehab two days after checking in. This intervention model, known as S.M.A.R.T., starts with a tough love message, inviting the addict to talk about his or her addiction in a family session.
The aim of S.M.A.R.T. is not really to get someone into treatment. Getting them there is not really that difficult to do. It’s having them stay in treatment that may be the hard – and the most important – part. That’s our real aim, getting the person who is hooked on drugs or alcohol to realize that treatment and/or rehab is their best goal.
What is an interventionist?
A Charleston interventionist is someone with the skills to talk an addict into getting treatment and the methods to make him or her realize that treatment is the place to be. Our specialists understand the addict because we have been there. We are either former addicts ourselves or have family members who were addicts.
If someone in your family is a drug or alcohol user, if you are worried about him or her, contact a Charleston interventionist. We know the territory. We really can help.