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New Orleans, LA has always struggled with residents who need help but are too afraid to admit it. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 1,140 people in Louisiana died in 2018 from drug overdoses. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if they had entered a rehab program. One of the most effective approaches to convince an addict to go to rehab is through a staged intervention.
If there is somebody in your life who you think is hooked on drugs or alcohol, an intervention is a great way to start them on a path of recovery. You’ve watched them as they suffer through their addiction and struggled as their life has deteriorated. You might ask “How can I help my friend get better?” and you try to understand.
However, you eventually become fed up with being used, misled, and tired of supporting the addict. Other times, loved ones become codependent and avoid confronting this serious issue because it will jeopardize their way of life.
With our help, you can take action now! Contact us at 504-384-7870 for information about interventions and how to coordinate one.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention is an event that is highly organized and seeks to persuade the substance abuser to go into a treatment program to address their dependency problems. Family, friends, clergy, instructors, or other individuals in that are concerned about the person gather to meet with them about the consequences of their drug and/or alcohol dependency. Loved ones urge them to agree to treatment for their drug problem.
Often the addict will either not realize there’s a problem, or be in denial about their addiction, and many times they will be resistant to seek assistance. However, the objective of an intervention is primarily to present the addict with a chance to change their mind, and potentially save their life. During an intervention it is important to address:
- Specific examples of bad behavior and how it has influenced the relationship with their loved ones
- The treatment plans
- Actions that will be taken if the addict doesn’t enter a rehabilitation or treatment center
- Encouragement from friends and family that they are loved and will be supported throughout the process.
There are four types of interventions: simple, crisis, classical, and family system.
- A simple intervention is as ‘simple’ as asking someone to quit their harmful behavior. This method should be attempted before any other intervention strategies are tried.
- A crisis intervention is to be used in hazardous, precarious situations, like reckless driving, violence, or intense drug abuse.
- Convincing a single person to agree to go into rehabilitation in that moment is the goal of a classical intervention.
- In a family system intervention, the focal point is on persuading all the family members to change their behaviors, specifically in instances of substance addiction and domestic violence, which create dysfunctional living environments.
What Is the Difference Between an Intervention and Rehab?
It is crucial to keep in mind that there’s a difference between an intervention and rehab therapy, even though both are very important for the recovery process. We encourage the addict’s friends, family, and others in New Orleans, LA that care for them to organize an intervention, with objective to persuade the addict to get treatment for his or her addiction.
An intervention is NOT rehabilitation and is not enough for someone to quit using drugs or alcohol. For the best success, the individual should be taught about the illness of addiction, the best way to manage long term recovery, and what triggers their need to use drugs or alcohol.
This can be taught at a rehabilitation center like ours. For the best possible chance of success, the person should go to detox or rehabilitation directly after their intervention.
We Can Help
Nothing is more frustrating or scary than watching a family member suffer and fight with drug and/or alcohol dependency.
Typically, an intervention needs to be well-organized and can be done with the help of a specialist. Our intervention team can help you plan and organize the meeting as well as help family and loved ones voice their opinion in a constructive way. Interventions are meant to start the healing process for a person with substance dependency, but it can also help strengthen the support from family and friends.
In order to locate an interventionist, find a rehabilitation program, or learn about substance dependency in general, call 504-384-7870 today to help a friend in New Orleans get the assistance they so desperately require!