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What is the Best Kind of Intervention?

What is the Best Kind of Intervention?The ‘best’ kind of intervention will depend primarily on the individual, his addiction, and his support network, among other factors. Therefore, there is not a best kind of intervention, just specific types that may be more appropriate for the San Diego resident involved. Researching the different types of interventions is a helpful way to determine which method would be most appropriate, and speaking with a recovery professional or interventionist can also benefit those thinking about holding an intervention for a loved one.

Exploring Different Types of Interventions

  • Simple intervention: in some cases, usually when the addiction is in the earliest stages, the best approach may be to simply address the addict one-on-one. A loved one can attempt this on his own or with help from an interventionist. Generally, he confronts the addict about his behavior, explains the impact it has had and finally, makes the request that the addict seek treatment.
  • Classical intervention: this intervention type is generally the most familiar. A classical intervention begins with family and friends planning the intervention without the addict’s knowledge. The family seeks information on addiction and treatment before the actual intervention, and has a trial-run beforehand as well. The intervention is a surprise to the addict and he will be asked to get help. Whatever the addict’s choice, friends and family have been instructed on how they will move forward, and how their relationship with the addict will play out after the intervention. This type of intervention is efficient with more severe cases of addiction, where the addict may be in denial or likely to push friends and family away if not confronted through this more serious approach.
  • Family system intervention: in some cases of addiction, there are multiple members of the family who struggle with addiction or substance abuse. Family system interventions work to address the entire family because every individual is affected by the addiction(s). Addressing the family issues that have influenced and perpetuated addictive behaviors is a major part of this intervention style, as well as discussing how the addiction(s) have impacted each individual and the entire family unit. The family is urged to go through treatment together, helping everyone move forward in recovery.
  • Crisis intervention: Generally, interventions should be planned, but in some cases an event or crisis occurs that leads to an impromptu, immediate intervention. It is in these instances where friends, family, co-workers, school officials, law enforcement, or another individual recognizes the need to get the addict into rehab as soon as possible due to some major crisis or problem that has occurred. This type of intervention is not planned, but recovery professionals can still come into play, by orchestrating the process of getting into the right treatment program and providing educational resources and recovery support for family and friends who have been affected.

Learn More about Interventions and What Options are Best for You

Are you considering having an intervention for a loved one in San Diego, but wish you had the help of someone with experience and training in intervention services?  If so, you’re in luck. Our recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day to assist you with the help you need in planning an intervention. Whether you have specific questions and concerns, want general information, or are seeking the help of an intervention professional, our recovery professionals are happy to help. In addition, we can also assist you with treatment and recovery-related issues; from providing information to connecting you with treatment and recovery services. If you’d like to learn more about interventions and your options for treatment and recovery, give us a call today.