What is a Crisis Intervention?

It's Not Always Pleasant But It May Just Save Their Life

An intervention is the process by which an individuals family, friends, counselors or professional interventionist can show them their destructive behaviors in a way that may result in that individual choosing to seek help immediately. This formal, nonjudgmental method of confrontation first serves to help the individual recognize the serious nature of the issue and then to understand that treatment is the best option. We work with all members of the family system to help facilitate the best possible solution, utilizing different techniques to best match the needs of the identified client and the family. While addiction interviews are the most common sought out service by families, any crisis can be intervened on.

It can be hard to approach someone struggling. Although friends or loved ones mean well, they might not know what to say. The person might also deny they are struggling, making open conversation difficult, but confronting a loved alone can actually make matters worse. He or she may become stubborn and not accept any help after that point. For this reason, the first step in staging an intervention is to contact a trained interventionist. An intervention specialist is essential to staging a successful intervention because the interventionist will keep communication between the parties moving and help those struggling break their cycle of denial.

An intervention is usually deemed appropriate when:

  • An individual is struggling with negative consequences that are extreme and life-altering due to compulsive engagement in a specific behavior or pattern of behaviors.

  • The individual recognizes that these consequences are a result of their actions but is unable to stop engaging in the behavior alone.

  • The individual is in danger of causing harm – either to their own person or others – due to their actions.

  • The individual has refused to get help or grows angry and/or unresponsive when asked to consider the suggestion of treatment.

Outward signs someone is struggling might include:

  • Secretive Behavior

  • Borrowing Money Frequently

  • Aggressive Behavior

  • Deterioration of Physical Appearance

  • Lack of Energy or Motivation

  • Problems at School or Work

  • Sudden Weight Fluctuation

  • Health Issues

Many people with an addiction often also struggle in other areas, like experiencing depression or having an eating disorder. Intervention specialists can help direct conversation to address these co-occurring disorders. Once on board, the enlisted professional helps the family and friends create an intervention strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for staging an intervention. These specialists work with intervening parties to address their loved ones’ specific needs. Someone who might help convince a loved one to enter a rehab program include parents, siblings, spouses or partners, co-workers, and close friends.

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