What Happens After An Intervention?
The time has come for intervention with a family member or close friend. Steps leading up to the scheduling of this day have been hard and fraught with challenges. Many questions have been asked along the way with only one more that remains: what happens after an intervention?
Interventions can be thought of as tools used as just one step in the process of recovery for your loved one. While interventions are held for any number of additions ranging from including alcohol or drug abuse to internet or computer addictions, the goal of any intervention is the same. The objective is to have an addicted individual acknowledge the situation and accept help from available treatment resources.
Friends and family members may feel like they are betraying their loved ones. But this simply isn’t the case. Interventions are a collective effort built on upon the love and concern had for suffering individuals. And when the intervention has concluded, hopefully, the next steps lead to a healthier and happier life. Getting some form of treatment is integral. SpringBoard Recovery, an addiction recovery program Scottsdale works with the top intervention specialists in the area to help families and friends make a difference in their loved ones’ life.
Getting and staying sober is very challenging, but with the right support network and tools, it's completely attainable.
Objections During Intervention
Honest, self-evaluation for anyone is a difficult pursuit under even the most normal of circumstances. For an individual suffering from addiction, it may be impossible to see they indeed have a problem or that the problem they are facing is a great as expressed by their loved ones.
Addict sufferers may find any excuse to refuse or delay treatment. By working together ahead of time, participants in the intervention can foresee and redirect objections as they are presented. Having treatment options in place and ready to accept the individual will help in dispelling most of the frivolous excuses given.
What happens after an intervention, when the suffering individual accepts treatment, is the detoxification (detox) process. Going through the detox process alone could be more detrimental to the long-term health of the sufferer. This is why a medically supervised detox program should be ready to accept the individual.
The symptoms caused by withdrawal can be excruciating. Physical pain occurs from abdominal ailments, cardiovascular irregularities, and overall physical fatigue. The mental repercussions can be just as severe and include anxiety, depressions, nightmares, and other unsettling symptoms.
With the help of a professional, friends and family can help choose whether an inpatient or outpatient addiction recovery program will be needed to assist in the detox process. With either solution, medically supervised detox will ensure the individual will receive care from professional medical staff in a clean, safe, and supportive environment.
Detox is just the first step in the recovery process. It is not uncommon for the suffering addict to have forgone some of the basic healthy habits most of us follow every day. Rebuilding good habits is key to long-term recovery success.
Nutrition becomes increasingly important during the detox process. When entering a program, individuals may be severely malnourished. As the body begins detoxifying, it will seek out vitamins and minerals to assist in the repair of tissues, muscles, and organs. Professional nutritionists with the help of family and friends will help their body recover faster and put the individual on a healthy diet which will have life-long benefits.
In some instances, proper hygiene may need to be addressed. Drugs and alcohol can do a number on the body. Getting the body back to healthy working order is the first goal. Then rebuilding proper hygiene habits not only will improve the individual’s physical appearance, but can bolster self-esteem and the internal desire to stay sober. Helping loved ones regain their personal self-worth through proper hygiene can have tremendous positive results.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab
When it comes to addiction recovery, it is not enough to just go through the detoxification process. Detoxing is important, of course, but there is so much more work that needs to be done for a person to heal. This is typically done during drug and alcohol rehab, and please note that this is an important step that should never be skipped.
Detoxing is the best way to treat the physical side of the addiction. It helps with withdrawal symptoms and can make them easier to manage. But rehab focuses more on the psychological side of the addiction. Everyone who abuses drugs and alcohol has a reason for it. During the rehabilitation program, that reason should be identified and treated appropriately.
Rehab consists of many different types of treatment, which should all be chosen according to each person’s needs. A typical treatment plan might include:
- Individual therapy sessions – Working with a therapist one-on-one is critical during the addiction recovery process. It is the therapist’s job to help determine the reasons behind the person’s substance abuse problem and then recommend the right type of treatment.
- Group therapy sessions – Group therapy has a lot of benefits during addiction recovery. It can be so helpful to know that others are struggling with the same types of situations in their own lives. Addiction can be such an isolating disease and it is easy to believe that no one else could possibly understand how difficult it is. Group therapy provides peer support, which is essential.
- Family therapy – A person’s family is their support system, and quite often, those important relationships get damaged when a person has an addiction. Family therapy can help people work out their differences and rebuild those vital connections.
- Yoga – There are many reasons why so many drug and alcohol rehabs in Arizona offer Yoga as a form of treatment. It has so many benefits, including clearing the mind and reducing stress and anxiety. Yoga allows people to get to know themselves again during a period of time that can be rather confusing as they heal.
- Meditation – Meditation is often combined with Yoga as a way to improve relaxation during addiction recovery. It has been shown to help with identifying the emotional states that can cause people to abuse drugs and alcohol. Then, and only then can people truly begin the healing process.
Most people who have gone through drug and alcohol rehab in Arizona state that it was an amazing experience. Afterward, they felt empowered, equipped and prepared to continue everything they learned and implement new coping skills and behaviors.
Getting and staying sober is very challenging, but with the right support network and tools, it's completely attainable.
The Importance of Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
A lot of people start using drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with the symptoms of mental health issues, or co-occurring disorders. Conditions like depression, anxiety, eating disorders and PTSD can be extremely hard to manage on one’s own. Sometimes they can even remain undiagnosed for years while the addict continues to self-medicate their symptoms away.
There is a definite link between mental health conditions like those listed above and substance abuse. The reality is that a lot of people simply do not see any other way to manage their symptoms. This can be true for:
- The lawyer who drinks alcohol as a way to manage his stress and anxiety at the end of a long work day.
- The girl with the eating disorder who takes Adderall because it suppresses her appetite.
- The veteran with PTSD who takes prescription opioids for pain as well as to numb his feelings.
- The mom who feels depressed and overwhelmed with her responsibilities, so she chooses to self-medicate with cocaine.
- The teenager who is struggling to fit in, so he uses marijuana to go along with the crowd and be accepted.
Dual diagnosis treatment is the best solution for anyone who has a co-occurring disorder, which is about 50% of those who go to rehab. It is important for the addict to see the connection between their mental health condition and their substance abuse problem. They need to know how one has impacted the other.
Treating both conditions together is critical because otherwise, the individual is not likely to stop using drugs or alcohol. If their symptoms are overlooked, they may be able to stop using briefly, but they will go back to it because it is what they have taught themselves to do.
What Types of Arizona Rehab Programs Are Appropriate After an Intervention?
The best part of staging an intervention is being able to send the addict to rehab right away. The interventionist should always make arrangements for treatment immediately because otherwise, the addict could easily change their mind and refuse to go. In fact, this should be done and in place before the intervention even happens. But what types of Arizona drug and alcohol treatment programs are best for someone who is new to recovery?
- Inpatient Rehab – Inpatient rehab is the most common type of drug and alcohol treatment. It is often considered the “gold standard” and it is what most people think of when they think of professional recovery programs. When a person goes to an inpatient program, they typically stay there for 28 days. During that time, they go through the detoxification process (if needed) and they receive therapy.
- Intensive Outpatient Programs – Not everyone can commit to going to inpatient rehab, but that should never be a barrier to recovery. Today, there are so many more options available to people who need professional help. IOPs can provide people with a lot of support and a level of care that is similar to what they experience during an inpatient program. IOPs are also flexible, which is something that many people need if they are going to be successful in recovery.
- Day Treatment Programs – Day treatment is very similar to intensive outpatient programs in that they offer a higher level of care on an outpatient basis. The main difference is that they are typically held during the daytime hours instead of during the evening hours like IOPs. Participants receive several types of therapy, including group and individual counseling.
- Long-term or Residential Treatment – Not everyone does well with 28 days of inpatient care. In some cases, much more time is needed. Long-term or residential treatment programs are available in cases like these. They often allow their patients to stay for several months while they get the help they need to recover from addiction.
- Sober Living Homes – Sober living can be a great option for people who need additional support, but who cannot commit to an inpatient program. These types of homes provide stability to people who may not have good support systems at home and who need healthier environments.
Once the initial drug treatment process ends, the focus shifts to remaining clean. Long-term success often hinges on a commitment to continuing aftercare. Even though the recovered addict may believe they can forgo continuing treatment, aftercare programs are critical in preventing a relapse.
Counseling programs are readily available in most areas with online solutions becoming more popular. Most recovery programs involve weekly visits in a one-on-one or group setting. For those needing guidance on a more frequent basis or who have a higher relapse tendency, sober home facilities and halfway houses may the best solution.
Just as intervention specialists helped with the important first step in the recovery process, experts are available to help make the transition to a clean live a permanent one.
It does happen that an intervention fails to get the afflicted individual treatment. When this happens after an intervention, there needs to be a plan to take over. Friends and family members involved in the intervention must present and stick to their absolutes.
This means if their loved one doesn’t accept treatment, friends, and family are willing to protect their own happiness from the destruction of the addicts. No longer giving the suffering addict money, taking away any assistance previously given, or forcing them out of a living arrangement are the possible consequences of not seeking treatment.
The decision to accept treatment is that of the suffering addict. Just as it was their decision to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. With the help of friends or family, an intervention may not only improve a loved one’s life, but an intervention might also very well save it.
If you don’t know where to turn for help, call SpringBoard Recovery today. We will guide you through the process of helping you.
What Can Families and Loved Ones do While the Addict is in Treatment?
While the addict is receiving the treatment they need, there is still so much for the family to do. This is not a time to sit back and relax because recovery has so many unknowns. Loved ones should take this opportunity to do all of the following.
Plan to Attend Family Therapy Sessions
Family members should definitely plan to make themselves available to attend family therapy sessions. As we mentioned earlier, addicts’ most important relationships are typically damaged because of their substance abuse problem. Therapy is needed to help restore those relationships.
Visit the Addict at Rehab and Offer Support
If the addict is in an inpatient program, families and friends should definitely plan to visit them while they are at rehab to offer support to them. Of course, this will depend on how the person’s treatment is progressing and what is allowed by the facility. Some may not permit people to have any visitors at all for the first 72 hours. But that is only to give them the opportunity to get used to being in treatment.
If in-person visits are not possible because of long distances, for example, phone calls and even video chats may be allowed. The family should get as much information as they can about what is permitted.
Prepare for the Possibility of a Relapse
In a perfect world, going to an Arizona drug and alcohol rehab program would be the answer for addiction every time. It would always work and people would go on to live fulfilling and prosperous lives. But unfortunately, that is not the case, and more often than not, relapses are going to happen.
This can be incredibly discouraging for families who place a lot of faith in drug and alcohol rehab. But please know that it is not that the program did not work. Addiction is a relapsing disease, and most people will relapse more than one time before they finally decide to get clean and sober for good.
Families need to do everything they can to prepare for the possibility that their loved one will relapse at some point. This means doing a few things:
- Educating themselves on the signs of a pending relapse.
- Putting a plan in place in the event their loved one does go back to using.
- Having a discussion with the addict about the possibility of relapsing.
Remember, relapses are to be expected. They do not mean that the addict is not committed to getting clean and sober; just that they need additional help to be successful long-term.
Learn About Enabling Behaviors
One of the most important things a family can do to help an addicted loved one is to stop enabling their addiction. There are so many ways that people enable those behaviors to continue and quite often, the family does not even realize how harmful it is. For example, the following are all ways people enable addicts to continue to use:
- They will give them money, which the addict will then spend on drugs or alcohol.
- They will take actions to protect the addict from experiencing consequences from their behaviors.
- They will make excuses for the addict to teachers, employers and others.
- They will bail the addict out of jail or offer money to cover up things that the addict has done.
- They will blame the addict’s behaviors on mental health issues or life circumstances that are beyond their control.
- They will make threats, but will never follow through with them.
- They will try to do everything they can to take care of the addict, such as watching their children, giving them rides or providing them with food.
On the outside, it may appear that the family is caring for the addict, but in reality, they are only making the problem worse. It is important for families to learn about enabling behaviors and work hard to stop participating in them.
Take Care of Themselves
Some families spend years trying to get their loved ones to agree to go to rehab. During that time, the stress of everyday life can take quite a toll, and it can be very hard to cope. Once the addict makes the decision to get help for their addiction, the family needs to take the time to care for themselves.
Most families will need to consider counseling while their loved ones are in rehab. This can have a lot of benefits, including helping them to identify and stop enabling behaviors. Counseling can also identify any possible mental health issues that could have arisen.
It can be exhausting to care for an addicted loved one. While it is a relief once they decide to go to treatment, people often do not realize just how worn out they are. This should be a time to rest and get rejuvenated.
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