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Every successful intervention itself is a structured method of assisting an individual who has resisted past attempts by concerned others to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction. The goal of an intervention is to confront a person in a non-threatening way and allow them to see their destructive behavior, and how it affects themselves, family and friends. An interventionist facilitates a well-executed intervention: an individual like myself with expertise in drug and alcohol use and training in the intervention process.
Other problem areas that interventions can address include eating disorders, Internet addiction, sexual addiction, and compulsive gambling.
Interventions that are properly done allow the concerned persons to begin resolving the hurt and anger that has developed by the relationship with the addicted person. Through properly facilitated interventions, concerned persons are transformed in ways that are necessary for long-term change to occur within the addicted individual.
Interventionists are trained to guide concerned persons through the intervention process successfully. Although a background in addiction is essential, intervention training is paramount. It takes a great amount of knowledge, skill, and flexibility to become an Interventionist. When inquiring about an Interventionist, ask how long they have been doing interventions, how they conduct them, what training they have had. It is important that you trust the Interventionist!
STOP all “rescue missions.” Family members often try to protect or to 'save' the abuser from the results of their behavior by making excuses to others about their abuse problem and by getting them out of drug-related jams. It is important to stop all such rescue attempts immediately, so that the addict will fully experience the harmful effects of his or her use and thereby become more motivated to stop. Do not pay their bills, do not bail them out of jail, do not pay their rent etc.
What is drug abuse and drug addiction?
Drug abuse, also known as substance abuse, involves the repeated and excessive use of chemical substances to achieve a certain effect. These substances may be “street” or “illicit” drugs, illegal due to their high potential for addiction and abuse. They also may be drugs obtained with a prescription, used for pleasure rather than for medical reasons.
Different drugs have different effects. Some, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, may produce an intense “rush” and initial feelings of boundless energy. Others, such as heroin, benzodiazepines or the prescription Oxycontin, may produce excessive feelings of relaxation and calm. What most drugs have in common, though, is over stimulation of the pleasure center of the brain. With time, the brain’s chemistry is actually altered to the point where not having the drug becomes extremely uncomfortable and even painful. This compelling urge to use, addiction, becomes more and more powerful, disrupting work, relationships, and health.
What is alcohol abuse?
Social drinking is common and popular is many cultures all over the world. In several cultures, for example, a glass of wine or beer with a meal is common practice. Celebrations are often punctuated with a glass of champagne or other celebratory cocktail. And in many jobs, going out for drinks after work or entertaining clients with alcohol is the norm.
The difference between social drinking and alcohol abuse is when alcohol becomes your focus. You might only want to attend social events that involve alcohol, or you can’t enjoy yourself. Getting to the bar, or making a drink after coming home from work becomes more important than connecting with friends or family. Alcohol might be your way to avoid painful feelings or troubled relationships. And you might resort to dangerous behavior, like driving while drunk or even increased violent behavior. Increased dependence on alcohol leads to alcoholism, where you are physically dependent on alcohol and have lost control of the amount you drink.
It must be understood that addiction is a chronic illness that over time gets worse never better. For this reason, our referral services program is extremely vital to the health and well being of each person that we refer and we take it very seriously. We have been giving successful interventions and treatment referral plans to our clients for over a decade and will continue to do so with as much care and personalized client service as we did the day we began.
An Alcohol Drug Intervention is just the first step in recovery- it establishes the willingness to get better and seek help. However, this willingness can be lost with time, and so for optimal success, we strongly recommend that any intervention should be followed by a comprehensive treatment program.
Treatment most importantly gives an individual seeking change the ability to initiate and maintain change. It gives them the tools to examine their behavior and see how what they were doing was hurting themselves, others, and society. Treatment then gives them tools to change these behaviors: ranging from alternative activities, group support, or simply the ability to ask for help. Treatment finally gives them the tools to make right past wrongs: this important part reinforces the correct behavior and also demonstrates to others their dedication to living a better life.
We provide referrals to a number of different treatment programs, including in-patient and out-patient centers, drug-specific rehabilitation (the process of recovery from heroin can be very different from that of methamphetamine or cocaine), and a variety of other specialty programs.
Many of the treatment centers to which we refer our clients currently have in-patient and out-patient spots available. Please call Tonia now if you have any questions about interventions or referrals treatment programs, or if you think Harrison House could be a benefit someone in your life.
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COST OF THE INTERVENTION
Our professional interventions are a minimum of 2 days (Family Consultation Day and the Intervention Day) and do not end until either your loved one agrees to treatment or you say that the intervention is over. Most of our interventions average 2 days, but it not uncommon to be there for several days.
The consultation is free. The fee for the addiction intervention is a flat rate . In addition to this we charge for the cost of a flight and (usually) a single night stay in a hotel. We always try to get the least expensive economy class flight that fits in your schedule. We also insist on the most cost-effective hotel room. If you wish us to escort your loved one directly to treatment instead of taking them there yourself, we do charge an additional fee plus flight tickets for each escort. We do require a 50 % deposit to guarantee services and only accept certified check or money orders.
We do not charge for food, amenities, or other "hidden" fees, and only utilize rental cars if you require it. Our main office is based in New York City.
Please ask about our scholarship program, for families with hardships.