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What is Intervention?

An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction, compulsive behavior or some kind of traumatic event or crisis. The term intervention is most often used when the traumatic event involves addiction to drugs, alcohol or other self destructive behaviors (see below). Intervention can also refer to the act of using a technique within a therapy session.

When an Intervention is Necessary? << back to top
An Intervention is necessary when the teen struggling with addictions (drug and alcohol), or any other compulsive and addictive behaviors such as: eating disorders, cutting addiction (self-harm), video game addiction, gaming addiction, internet addiction and or compulsive spending is in denial of the problem, yet the chaos and destruction of behaviors is evident to loved ones, family, and friends.

It can be difficult to get an teen to treatment. Most teens do not know the exact nature of the problem or situation for which self-medication behavior eases the pain. Whether it is the teen alcoholic or addict, or the loved ones involved, most people are unable to identify the underlying issues, prior to addiction treatment. A teen might be struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. Trauma or a lack of appropriate coping skills might also be the underlying issues. Regardless, an Intervention works and treatment works, if the teen struggling with addiction can find his/her way to help.

My Child is Addicted to Video Games. Is an Intervention Necessary? << back to top
Most parents recognize when their child needs help. As unlikely as it might first seem, even a video game addiction can lead to trouble, bad performance in school and inappropriate behavior at home. It is the parents responsibility to setup a family intervention as soon as possible to stop the cycle of addiction. Talking to a psychologist or psychiatrist will help you make an informed decision. Interventionist are able to assist families and friends to intervene not only with the most common of addictions (drug and alcohol) but also with a variety of compulsive and addictive behaviors such as: eating disorders, cutting addiction (self-harm), video game addiction, gaming addiction, internet addiction, compulsive spending, etc.

Steps to an Teen Intervention << back to top
Pre- Intervention
The Pre-Intervention Step, is the time in which you decide you can’t take your teen's behavior, chaos, and self-destruction anymore. This is the time when you take action. You, loved ones, family, and friends, plan to unite to discuss the next steps.

During the Pre-Intervention Step, you will contact the INTERVENTIONIST, to discuss the history you’ve experienced with the teen who is struggling with alcohol addiction, drug addiction, prescription drug addiction and or other self destructive behaviors. Once you’ve contacted the INTERVENTIONIST, the following steps are easier and guided by your INTERVENTIONIST, who will give you support, validate your concerns, and provide guidance thorough the INTERVENTION process.

Intervention Preparation

The Preparation Step, is the time in which you gather a history of the chaos and self destruction of the teen struggling with addiction, and the impact his/her behavior or addiction has had on you, your life and other people and their lives.

The Preparation Step is also a time in which you discuss the appropriate treatment program for your teen.
The Preparation Step is a time in which you and everyone else involved in the INTERVENTION will write letters to the alcoholic or addict, describing your concerns, your feelings, the purpose for the intervention, and your hope for the future. You will also pack appropriate clothes and necessities for the individual who will enter a treatment facility.

Intervention
The Intervention Step is the act of the INTERVENTION. At this time, everyone involved in the INTERVENTION will gather in one location. Everything will have been planned and discussed with your INTERVENTIONIST. Your letters will be ready. Everyone will be gathered at the Intervention location.
Your teen will arrive or will be sleeping and then awaken by you or another individual. The Intervention, at that time, will begin. You might encounter an angry, surprised, or defensive teen. You might have a difficult time or an easy time, sharing your intentions of this INTERVENTION. Your teen might refuse to participate and leave the location.

If your teen agrees to stay and proceed with the INTERVENTION, he/she will sit in a chair and will be instructed as to the purpose of the intervention and the steps that will follow. Communication is extremely important. Loving, positive, yet firm and direct communication is imperative.

Everyone will read their letters. Many of the letters will refer to the destruction caused by alcohol addiction, drug addiction or prescription drug addiction. Letters will be emotional and typically include painful memories of the chaos of addiction. Once the letters have been read, your loved one will have an opportunity to respond. The INTERVENTIONIST will facilitate this entire process, re-directing as needed.

The final step of the INTERVENTION is to explain that your teenís bags are packed and ready for his/her treatment program. Transportation will be waiting. Everyone will say their goodbyes and your teen will leave with the INTERVENTIONIST for the beginning of the addiction treatment program.

Post-Intervention
Post Intervention for the teen begins with the transportation to an addiction treatment facility.

Post Intervention for the family of the teen begins, once the teen has departed the INTERVENTION location. During the Post Intervention, family members and friends discuss their experience and validate their letters, feelings, and concerns . It is the beginning of a hopeful and healing journey to recovery for the alcoholic or addict and family and friends.

Content compiled above is intended for informational use only and it does not endorse or recommend services available in this site.

Information throughout this site is courtesy of:
www.drugabuse.gov
www.samhsa.gov
www.nimh.nih.gov
www.nida.nih.gov
www.cdc.gov
www.teens.drugabuse.gov
www.justice.gov

   
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