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Mental Health Interventions

Mental Health InterventionsThe idea of an intervention is to encourage San Diego residents to seek help before their condition does serious harm to themselves or others. Participants generally include friends, family, and possibly the family doctor or a professional interventionist. The condition being addressed is typically a substance addiction or a serious mental health issue. Both of these issues involve forms of neurobiological disease, and they often occur together. Concurrent addition and mental illness can complicate an intervention and treatment, but the loved one can still achieve recovery with the proper support and care.

An Effective Intervention

Most San Diego residents know what an intervention is, but unless they actually participate in one, they lack the important details. There are several important steps in staging an intervention, including the following:

  • Everyone should prepare by learning about addiction and the substance being abused
  • Participants must be carefully chosen to include only those who exude love and support
  • Avoid inviting people who have secondary conflicts with the loved one
  • Stage the intervention in a non-threatening place when the loved one will not be intoxicated
  • Carefully structure letters to read at the intervention that encourage professional care
  • Everyone should rehearse exactly what they will say in the letter several times
  • The tone of the intervention should never be judgmental, condescending, or angry
  • Participants must remain calm yet resolute if verbally attacked by the loved one
  • Treatment information and brochures should be available at the intervention

A chairperson will oversee the intervention, direct the letter reading and exclusively respond to the loved ones questions and challenges. In a standard intervention, this is often an individual the person knows and respects. In the case of co-occurring issues like addiction and mental illness, however, a professional should be used.

Professional Interventionists

Mental health issues can complicate an intervention in several ways. Depending on the disorder, the loved one can experience a variety of reactions, including the following:

  • The intervention triggers a panic or anxiety attack
  • Depression takes the loved one into a dark, hopeless place
  • A manic state spikes the person’s aggressiveness and ego
  • Underlying issues like trauma rise to the forefront

A professional interventionist with mental health expertise is strongly advised for such situations. This person can utilize a variety of professional skills, which include the following:

  • Properly prepare the participants staging the intervention
  • Provide effective responses to rising anxiety and aggression levels
  • Identify possible issues during the intervention and adapt accordingly
  • Speak with authority on addiction and mental health issues

Moreover, the loved one will likely ask what proper treatment entails, and the professional interventionist can effectively answer questions and explain the care in detail.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When a person suffers multiple conditions, rehab facilities utilize an integrated form of treatment called Dual Diagnosis. The goal is to treat co-occurring issues together since leaving any issue untreated can compromise the entire recovery. Personalized plans are designed for each patient, and they typically include the following:

  • Medically supervised detox
  • Mental health treatments
  • Holistic care options
  • Behavioral therapies
  • Education empowerment
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy

Recovery is always an ongoing process, and so is treatment. Aftercare counseling, support groups, and other therapies will continue after residential care.

Addiction and Intervention Help

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