Alcohol intervention is simply the method by which a person or group of persons intervene when a friend or family member is perceived as requiring alcohol addiction treatment. The individual may well be adverse to accepting that they have an alcohol addiction or indeed require any form of alcohol rehabilitation.
It is not an easy course of action for all involved but it’s usually a step taken when those around the alcohol dependent are worried beyond measure for the health and safety of their loved one. The problem lies with the person that suffers from the drinking problem: they are often unaware of the impact that their drinking and/or behaviours is having on those around them.
Many choose to drink around or with like-minded people, or simply use self-denial as to the seriousness of their alcohol problems. Alcohol makes for muddy waters and those that suffer from a drinking disorder fear any form of change. Change means learning to live without alcohol and to actually reach that stage requires their co-operation and, in many instances, a stay in one of the alcohol rehabilitation centers that provides a program of intense support.
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Family intervention can be the best course of action available.
The ultimate objective of attending such programs (or living within an environment that provides a course on alcoholism rehabilitation), is to help and support the addicted individual to discover a life without alcohol dependency. The actual alcohol intervention itself is a based upon the individual facing the fact that their drinking is out of control – that they are in fact addicted to alcohol. All persons that are alcohol dependent must take responsibility and accept that they need help; without their acknowledgement an alcohol detoxification program will be far less likely to succeed.
The alcohol intervention itself should not be undertaken without the correct support and professional/s present. They are usually fraught with emotion, on all parts, and are best handled by a experienced alcohol interventionist. It’s a case in point to mention that many individuals that have been ‘intervened’ do go on to become recovering alcohol dependents. This method, or approach, has shown some very encouraging results overall and many that are intervened, though initially hostile in some cases, do understand the gravity of their situation when so confronted.
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It may be the their last chance before they sink too low.
Alcohol interventions are defined as and usualy adhere to the following pattern:
Someone makes the initial contact, expressing their concern
The concerned individuals are matched to an interventionist
The ways and means of the alcohol rehabilitation program are discussed
A plan of action is decided – who will be involved, present, where, when etc
A meeting will take place, regarding the actual moment of intervention
The intervention takes place
On acceptance of the intervention and what it entails, the individual concerned will leave and be taken directly to the alcohol rehabilitation centre
The individual begins a course of addiction treatment specifically tailored to suit their needs
Though many feel apprehension at the thought of an intervention on behalf of a loved one, it’s often the last course that they feel is available. If you are at the stage whereby you are considering such a program, then take heart in the knowledge that it’s probably the right time to go ahead – before your friend or loved one sinks even lower with their alcohol dependence.