Dallas Intervention Services
Contact us for help planning an intervention for your loved one
In or near the Dallas area, our interventions are based on compassion and support
For more than a decade, we have been helping men and women in the Dallas, TX area overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol. An intervention is probably the best way to get an addict into rehab (rehabilitation treatment programs). If you’re worried about somebody in your life, somebody who’s significantly different as a result of a drug or alcohol habit, an addiction intervention treatment may be just the way to get them help. It’s difficult, watching someone you love struggling with addiction. While many people may want to tell their addicted loved ones that there is a way for them to get help, they may have a hard time knowing how to communicate the message.
You may be asking questions like, “How can I help my loved one get sober again?” “When is the right time?” “What’s my function in getting my friend help?” Even if you care deeply for your family member or loved one, you might be wary of saying no, tired of being used, and fed up with the people who feed off the addict with codependent behavior. You can’t be frightened of confrontation: don’t let fear stop you from taking action. Call us at (214) 307-9171 for more information about interventions and how to set one up.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention is an organized experience that is extremely effective at persuading an addict to enter a rehabilitation center to address their dependency problems. People who are concerned about the addict, including family, loved ones, clergy, and coaches, gather to meet with the addict to discuss the results of their drug addiction, and urge them to agree to rehab. Most often the addict will either not realize there is an issue, or be in denial concerning their addiction. Sometimes they will be unwilling to get help, but the objective of an Intervention treatment is to present the addict with a chance to make changes in their behaviors, and likely save their life. During an intervention it is important to deal with: specific examples of bad behavior; the way addiction has affected the addict and their family members; the therapy plan along with goals; guidelines that the addict is expected to follow; and the consequences each member of the intervention vows to enforce if the addict doesn’t go to a rehab or treatment center.
There are four types of interventions: simple, crisis, classical, and family system. Simply asking the target to quit their self-destructive habits is a simple intervention; this strategy should always be attempted before some other, more complex intervention is attempted. In hazardous, risky situations, such as irresponsible driving, violence, or extreme drug addiction, it is best to make use of a crisis intervention. The purpose of a classical intervention is to direct the focus of the dialogue on the addict in order to get them to agree to treatment immediately. The complete family is the focal point of a family system intervention, and since dysfunctional environments are created in situations of drug addiction and domestic violence, it is vital that everyone involved decides to change their behaviors. Three things should be accomplished during the intervention: Family members give specific examples of how the person's addiction and destructive behavior is affecting family and friends; family members offer a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps and guidelines; and each family member explains how they will respond if treatment is refused.
An effective team makes for an effective intervention
The person who facilitates and directs the intervention is referred to as the interventionist. We strongly encourage family members and friends to seek a qualified, experienced interventionist if they plan to host an intervention for their friend or loved one. Attempting an intervention without a professional is unwise, because friends and family are often too close to the situation to be objective. They’ll have problems discussing their emotions, and the intervention runs the danger of backfiring. To avoid miscommunication, the interventionist usually asks friends and family members to write a letter to, or make notes to be read aloud to the addict. Letters include encouragement to participate in treatment, emotional pleas, or even ultimatums referring to rehab and sobriety.
Interventionists are an objective third party; however, they need to be excellent communicators and an expert in regards to the disease. Interventionists are generally addicts in recovery, which permits them to convey an outside point of view to the conversation. An interventionist uses a familiar language for both the addict and the addict’s friends and family, and can communicate effectively with and among each party. It is only natural to feel unsure or worried about confronting a loved one, and you will have questions about whether you can, or when would be the ideal time. Remember that addicts live unhealthy lives as a result of the people they associate with, and the dangerous environments they visit looking for drugs or alcohol. Here are some suggestions to help anyone planning and holding an intervention: Create the intervention group; research addiction; make a detailed plan; rehearse and hold the intervention. To find an interventionist who is certified through the Association of Intervention Specialists or to speak with somebody regarding interventions, give us a call at (214) 307-9171
Explore Treatment Paths
Outpatient treatment is part-time, usually between 10 to 12 hours a week, meaning that the recovering user comes to the facility, but they do not stay in the facility. These programs usually run between three months to one year. Ultimately, outpatient treatment is right for those who have more mild addictions.
Inpatient treatment means the person stays at a facility for a period of time - usually between three weeks and six months. While staying at the facility, they undergo intensive treatment. Inpatient treatment has a higher success rate than outpatient treatment, but it is also more expensive. Further, inpatient treatment interrupts daily life. Ultimately, inpatient treatment is especially effective for those who have undergone serious addictions.
Residential treatment means that patients live in a residence with other patients. Treatment staff transport the patients to the treatment center each day. In this way, they experience the benefits of both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Residential treatment is best for those who want to keep their treatment and living areas separate, but they still want to separate themselves from their toxic environments.