For a long time, the term “intervention” meant a surprise confrontation intended to persuade a loved one to quit their addiction or to enter treatment.
The practice of staging interventions was developed in the 1960s. On some levels, we understand the concern and frustration behind it. Most families and friends have been dealing with the fallout of the addictive behavior for so long that they’re willing to try almost anything.
Here’s the problem: The angry intervention presumes the person’s drug abuse is a choice and a character flaw. It presumes the person can flip a switch and suddenly be ready and willing to stop the drug or alcohol use and get help. It ignores the fact that addiction is a complex mental and physical disease.
Current research has shown that in-your-face interventions don’t achieve the desired result, and often damage fragile relationships even further. Confrontational counseling methods can backfire in a profound way by making the person more resistant to treatment or by further diminishing their self-esteem. Not a single clinical trial shows any effectiveness of this method, and quite a bit of harm. Read More Here.
We’re going to go out on a limb and guess you may be breathing a sigh of relief to know that you don’t have to put your loved one, your family and your friends through this. You may be wrestling with what to do about your addicted loved one, and that’s a common (and heartbreaking) situation. The best piece of advice we’ve heard on the topic came from a parent: “Whatever you decide to do, just be sure you can live with it.”
The good news is that in a clinical setting, the term “intervention” has taken on a new definition. In today’s treatment landscape, behavioral interventions are professionally delivered programs or services designed to treat an individual’s substance abuse disorder.
At Desert Rose, we utilize a number of evidence-based approaches proven to help addicted people get clean and stay clean:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family counseling
- Life skills
- Relapse prevention
- Co-addiction sessions
- Grief counseling
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Adventure therapy
- Self-esteem workshops
- Nutrition classes
- Movement therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Body-image and self-awareness groups
- Spirituality discussions
- 12-step groups
People struggling with addiction pay a terrible price:
- Physical, mental and spiritual illness
- Lost wages, lost jobs, lost years of productivity
- Broken relationships
Treatment is not cheap. But treatment is much, much less costly than addiction.
Let us help you understand how to pay for the care your loved one needs. Every day we speak with parents and spouses in totally free, 100% confidential consultations. We will review your health insurance, explain your coverage, and discuss payment options. We’ll help find the right program, whether it’s here at Desert Rose or with another facility we know and trust.