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Staging an Alcohol Intervention

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When done right, an intervention can help your loved one get on the road to sobriety, thus a healthier life.

An estimated 66% of men and nearly 50% of women over the age of 21 drink alcohol in the United States. Many of those who drink socially will ultimately become physically dependent on alcohol and may need help to get sober. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that about 25% of all adults who drink will ultimately require some means of treatment of help to quit as a result of alcohol addiction. Staging an alcohol intervention is one way to help a loved one into alcohol rehab when other attempts have failed.

What is an Alcohol Intervention?

During an intervention, loved ones and friends come together to help an individual who has a drinking problem accept the gift of treatment. Often times, the alcoholic will already have denied that there is a problem and he or she may even go through great lengths to avoid family and friends so as not to be accused of having a drinking problem; these actions occur despite the number of consequences that the individual has already suffered from as a result of his or her drinking such as health problems, legal trouble, financial ruin and relationship hiccups.

What Happens During an Alcohol Intervention?

Generally, an intervention will include:

  • Planning to determine the specific actions necessary to get the individual into treatment.
  • Preparation to get ready for the intervention; during this stage the family and friends will likely work with an interventionist to get ready for the intervention itself. It is during the preparation phase that most families and friends develop a plan for alternatives if the individual opts out of treatment.
  • Consequences are determined and the entire intervention team is in agreement.
  • Treatment is presented to the individual. During this time, if the individual accepts treatment, he or she should immediately be placed en-route to an alcohol rehab center that is readily awaiting the individual to provide treatment. If the individual doesn’t accept treatment, the family and friends are encouraged to stick with their plans for consequences that result from choosing not to accept help from them.

Does Intervention Work?

When an individual is heavily addicted to alcohol, an intervention may be the only way to get him or her to accept treatment and get help. Many recovering addicts who are in treatment today claim that they never would have accepted an invitation to alcohol rehab should they not have been intervened upon by their family and friends. The ultimate goal of an intervention is to show the individual that there is a problem and also that there is help available and that their family and friends love them enough to provide help. Does it work? That all depends on the individual, the intervention team, the interventionist and the alcohol rehab center that provides later treatment for the patient.

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