Sober College accepts young adults no matter what stage of the recovery process they may be in. Sober College makes the transition from an intervention to treatment easy by assisting with a variety of tasks.
We offer home pickups, airport pickups and rides to ensure loved ones are safely transported and able to receive treatment as soon as possible. Whether their journey starts willingly or unwillingly, it is our goal to make the transition as smooth as safe as possible.
Why Choose Sober College?
Holding an intervention is an important first step in the journey towards recovery in the lives of many young adults.
- We assist in the intervention process by providing resources for family members and friends to utilize prior to and after the intervention.
- The most effective way to have an intervention is to plan it; consult a professional and pull family members and friends together in your loved ones time of need.
- We help you decide which type of intervention works best for you and your family; Sober College is here to assist you in the process of helping your loved one.
When Does Someone Need An Intervention?
In some cases, those addicted to drugs and alcohol may not recognize the extent of the problems that develop as a result of their usage. Many may ignore the consequences substance abuse inflicts on their relationships, health and work. Rather than recognize substances abuse’s responsibility in the difficulties they face, many may focus blame outwards on others and on circumstances in their lives.
Interventions are designed to break down denial and allow individuals to realize the toll substance abuse takes on their own lives as well as the lives of those around them. An intervention’s ultimate goal is to assist the individual in coming to terms with the nature of their addiction and accept help. Action should quickly follow the conclusion of an intervention in order to minimize the risk of negative actions such as bingeing before admittance to treatment.
While the ultimate goal of an intervention is acceptance and willingness to receive treatment, it is not required for treatment to be effective. Sober College accepts young adults regardless of their willingness to accept treatment and develops an individualized treatment plan in order to provide the most effective means of achieving success in sobriety.
How to Prepare for an Intervention
In order to increase the likelihood of a successful intervention, it is important to plan and prepare prior to confronting a loved one. In most cases, it can be beneficial to consult a professional for assistance depending on the severity of abuse and other factors. In the event that a loved one suffers from a mental illness, is prone to violence or is suicidal, a professional can help in being present and assisting in the organization of it to minimize negative outcomes and keep the process on track. Whether a professional is consulted or not, interventions usually involve a number of steps to avoid worsening the situation by making a loved one feel attacked or more likely to isolate from others. Your loved one may require a special form of intervention depending on the nature of their addiction and any co-occurring disorders, but the following outline can be utilized in varying degrees to plan and execute an intervention.
Because interventions are tense and can draw emotions to the surface, they must be planned. They can potentially stir feelings of resentment or anger that can trigger negative responses such as violence. If any concerns exist for the safety of participants or the individual at the center of the intervention, it is important to consult professional help before engaging them.
Remember to be informed. Before confronting a loved one about their addiction, uncover the extent of the addiction. Researching the type of addiction, consequences of abuse and treatment options available can make the intervention run more smoothly. Armed with this information, family and friends can make an informed decision about treatment options for their loved one.
Encourage close friends and family to participate. Bringing together a small group of loved ones who are close to the individual can deliver a more impactful message. Be sure that all participants share a consistent message that is rehearsed and prepared for the day of the intervention. It is important that all participants work together on setting a date and time without letting the individual know what is happening prior to the event.
Actions must be taken. It is important to deliver a message of action dependent on your loved one’s responses. Be prepared for objections and responses that your loved one may have. In preparing for these, everyone in the group can calmly and rationally respond to each objection. In addition, it is best to be prepared to follow through on actions that will be taken in the event that your loved one accepts (or refuses) treatment. Without follow through, the efforts of the intervention will prove unsuccessful.
Know what to address prior to the intervention. Everyone is impacted differently by behaviors and occurrences influenced by substance abuse. The impacts of substance abuse can range from emotional and physical damage to financial struggles. It is important to detail specific events and how the behaviors and actions of your loved one have had an impact. It is also important to emphasize the belief in your loved one’s ability to change. Encourage participants to stay on track in order to minimize the potential for confrontation.
Follow up on actions and treatment plans. Once the intervention is complete, it is important to take action. Do not allow time to pass between the intervention and action. A delay may allow a loved one to go into hiding or partake in a dangerous binge. Whether a loved one requires immediate transportation to a treatment facility or must enter into a variety of other therapies, follow through is important to help them overcome addiction. Friends and family should also seek support in an effort to overcome the negative consequences of their loved one’s addiction and to know what to do in the event of a relapse.
With proper care and follow-through, interventions can be a critical first step in the road to recovery. In some cases, interventions may not be successful, but it is important to take action to minimize destructive behaviors and encourage positive change.
Each individual has distinct differences in the nature of their addiction and any co-occurring disorders that may accompany them. For this reason, it is important to consider what type of intervention may be most appropriate.
A one-on-one intervention may be all it takes. For some, having a single family member address the individual, asking them to stop abusing substances and to seek help for their addiction may be the only action needed to bring about change. This form of intervention may or may not involve a professional, but it can be very effective in some cases.
A classic intervention involves family members and friends gathering to create a plan for addressing their loved one, what their part is during the intervention and how they plan to handle the outcome of whether or not their loved one chooses to accept treatment or not. It is also important to discuss how everyone plans to care for their own needs throughout the process as well.
A family intervention is utilized in the event that multiple loved ones are abusing substances and require intervention. Placing everyone together, loved ones can address the effects of substance abuse on the individuals abusing drugs or alcohol and those around them. This environment encourages the affected to hold one another accountable while simultaneously providing support for one another throughout the process.
A crisis intervention is an impromptu event that takes place in the event that the addiction has become an immediate danger to the individual or to those around them. These often occur in the event of a major event that requires immediate action in order to create safety.
Many forms of intervention overlap one another and share similarities. As long as the outcome is successful, there is no wrong approach to an intervention if a loved one is receiving help for their addiction.