An intervention is a planned event organized by family & friends with an interventionist that is designed to encourage someone with addiction or a mental health diagnosis get treatment. Sometimes the individual needing treatment is unaware or in denial of how their addiction or mental illness impacts others. In other circumstances the person has resisted or avoided getting help, resulting in family and friends being concerned for the life and wellbeing of the individual.
When considering an intervention for drug addiction or mental health as a means to encourage someone to enter treatment, it’s important to have the support of a team of experienced professionals that takes a family systems approach. Often times an interventionist can be the initial catalyst for change by helping a family establish a plan for how to best help their loved one. A well designed intervention shows the individual that you care about them and that you recognize that they need help. Families will also work with the interventionist to set up healthy boundaries that hopefully encourage your loved one to get the help that they need.
An interventionist is a trained professional who has experience preparing families for an intervention, either for substance use disorder, mental health, or a combination of both. Trained interventionists have experience educating families, working through any potential barriers that would prevent the individual from getting help, and staging the intervention. By the time the intervention occurs your interventionist will have worked with you to identify the most appropriate treatment option for your loved one. Your interventionist will also work with you to provide transportation to Vanguard Behavioral Health, providing door-to-door care leading up to treatment.
Following an intervention, chances are your loved one will enter treatment and begin their journey of recovery. For families there is still a lot of work to be done. Because of the damage addiction and mental illness can have on a family system, we encourage families to get continued support for themselves. The interventionists we work with provide families with continuing education and support well beyond the intervention, so that the whole family system can rebalance and heal. This approach to recovery provides both the loved one in treatment as well as the family the best chance at sustained lifelong recovery.
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