New Orleans Drug and Alcohol Interventions
Best Intervention Services for Addiction in New Orleans, LA
If you have a loved one suffering from addiction and refusing help, Longbranch Recovery and Wellness Center can help. Family members in this situation should take action; it can be the difference between life and death. Professional alcohol or drug interventionists use evidence-based practices to give the individual the best chance of accepting help.
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What is an Intervention?
An intervention is an organized effort to confront a loved one about their drug and alcohol addiction. During the process, friends, family, employers, and colleagues come together to express their concerns for the addict and explain how their addiction has caused issues in their own lives.
These events can be complex, as an individual with substance use disorder often doesn’t accept that they have a problem or has refused help for an extended period. Because this process can be highly emotional, we urge you to seek help from a trained interventionist to help you navigate the process. Without a trained mediator, conversations can turn unproductive, making the family feel worse and the addict refusing help.
This process is not a time to ridicule or demoralize the person who is suffering from addiction. In fact, it is intended to be utilized as an emotional motivator for someone so that they will accept the help the family offers and can start their recovery journey on a positive note.
When Do You Need an Interventionist?
Knowing when to seek help from a professional interventionist can be difficult. Every situation is unique, but there are a few warning signs to watch for.
- You or other family members have brought up treatment, and your loved one has refused.
- Your loved ones’ alcohol and drug abuse has become uncontrollable.
- Their physical health is deteriorating.
- They are showing signs of depression, anxiety, or other co-occurring disorders.
- They have attempted or expressed thoughts of suicide.
- There is an increase in lying or manipulation.
- Using at work or school.
- Worsening financial troubles.
- Isolation from family and close friends.
- They have had an overdose.
- Your loved one has been to treatment before but has relapsed.
Each person’s circumstances are different. Having a trained professional to help you assess and determine what is needed can be a life-saving call.
Types of Interventions
Depending on the issues your loved one is facing, there are a few different types of interventions that might be recommended.
- Mental Health Intervention
- Drug Intervention
- Alcohol Intervention
- Executive/Professional Intervention
Once we have identified what type of intervention approach you need, Longbranch Recovery Center will connect you with a professional interventionist specializing in that type of intervention.
What Are the Stages of Intervention?
Professional interventionists usually include the following stages:
- Planning: A qualified counselor or addiction specialist can help to organize a successful intervention. Because this is a powerful and often emotional experience, it is critical to ensure that it is conducted in a respectful and effective manner.
- Gathering information: The family and the interventionist meet and share what is happening with the person struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. At this time, the interventionist may also provide a list of possible substance abuse treatment centers and help you start the treatment process of getting your loved one scheduled to admit. This will include determining if they are at risk of having withdrawal symptoms and ensuring they get the proper medical care. Not all facilities offer detox treatment, so this information will help determine the correct facility.
- Identify participants: With the help of your interventionist, you will decide who is to participate. Some individuals may not feel comfortable participating, but that is ok. For those willing, you and your interventionist will set a date, time, and location for the event.
- Consequences: While this is probably the most challenging part, it is vital to the success of the intervention that the consequences are decided before the intervention is to take place. These consequences are intended to help motivate your loved one to enter treatment, not to be used as a punishment.
- Write letters or make notes: Depending on the type of intervention you are doing, you will be asked to either write some notes about what you want to say or write a specific letter to your loved one that you will read. This letter is for family and friends to express their love and concerns for the person dealing with the addiction and explain what changes they will make if the person does not agree to enter a treatment program.
- Intervention day: With the help of your interventionist, you and your loved ones will meet at the designated place. You will be guided through the process, and the interventionist will help keep the group on track and calm. Each person will read their letter, withholding the consequences, and then ask their loved one to accept treatment. If the person refuses, the consequences will be read, and you will again ask them to accept the help that is being offered.
- Follow-up: Once completed, the interventionist will provide a case management period for families. This can range from one to six months. It is vital that if your loved one enters treatment, you maintain your boundaries so that they complete treatment and get the help they need.
What Happens After the Intervention?
Immediately after your loved one has agreed to treatment, you or the interventionist will transport them to treatment. It is not recommended that there is any time in between as individuals will often change their minds about getting help.
As soon as clients enter our facility, we begin to address the root causes of their substance abuse. We offer a full continuum of care, including detox, residential, and outpatient rehab. Throughout the treatment process, we utilize various forms of therapy to address the needs of their unique experiences. At Longbranch Recovery and Wellness Center, we have created an environment for them to feel safe and begin healing from their addiction.
Why Intervention Works
Intervention works for a multitude of reasons. First, it is a structured event that happens under the supervision of a trained professional. They can help keep the intervention on track and guide you in what to say.
Next, this process helps remove why they “can’t” get treatment. Some addicts feel they can’t go to treatment because their family depends on them, work, legal reasons, or other obligations. During the planning process, the interventionist will help you identify these. Allowing you and the other group members to be prepared with healthy and non-emotional responses.
Last, and probably the most common, is denial. Many individuals with substance use disorder are often in denial. The intervention is designed to help break that denial and aid the loved one in seeing the addiction for what it truly is.
Help Your Loved One Find Recovery Through Our Intervention Program in New Orleans, Louisiana
Drug addiction and alcoholism are deadly diseases. Don’t wait to get your loved one the help they deserve. Call Longbranch Recovery today for more information on our intervention programs in the Greater New Orleans Area.