Alcohol Intervention

What Is an Alcohol Intervention?

An intervention is an action taken by the family and/or group of friends to help a person see that they need treatment. An intervention is not to “target” the person but to create an opportunity for them to accept the gift of treatment. With addiction, some people become an enabler to their loved one’s addiction to try and control the addiction while others believe nothing can be done about it. However, maintaining this mindset only speeds up the addiction cycle. A successful interventionist is one that is a guide and educator to everyone involved. Unifying and empowering the support system will increase the chances of your loved one going to treatment but also increase the chances of long-lasting sobriety. One way to get a loved one into treatment and begin their path towards sobriety is through an alcohol intervention.

Are Alcohol Interventions a Necessity?

One of the most common questions when discussing an intervention is, “Do we even need one?” The answer is simple – Yes. In most cases, the addict will try to place the blame on other people rather than looking at themselves. Hosting an alcohol intervention can help break the denial that some family members may have regarding treatment and substance abuse while also breaking the denial of their loved one.

When an alcohol intervention is performed by a professional, it can be a beneficial tool for the entire family. Using a qualified professional to lead an alcohol intervention will increase the chances of getting the loved one in question into treatment.

“An alcohol intervention is just to get my loved one into treatment, right?” Not necessarily. A common misconception is that holding an alcohol intervention is just for getting someone into treatment. Even though that is a primary goal, it is not the only goal. Getting them to go to treatment is not as difficult as to getting them to stay in treatment, increase their willingness to apply the fundamentals of recovery, having them complete treatment, and then apply the principles of recovery after treatment. To achieve long-term sobriety, there are 7 goals to achieve on top of getting them to go to treatment. Listed below are what we call the “7 Goals of a Successful Intervention.”

  1. To empower the family through education on addiction and enabling.
  2. Remove any enabling factors that are contributing or allowing the addiction to continue.
  3. Set healthy boundaries within the family so that they are no longer negatively affected by the alcohol use of the addict.
  4. Create a solid team within the family that works together instead of independently.
  5. Change the dynamics within the family to more effectively handle the addiction and increase the willingness of the addict.
  6. Formulate and implement a long-term recovery plan to increase the chances of permanent abstinence and then adhere to the plan as a family.
  7. Learn effective tools get their loved one to treatment, help keep them there, and focus on recovery after returning home.

Note that neither of the 7 goals included getting a loved one into treatment. Alcohol interventions are geared to not only highlight the addiction but also build a solid foundation for the addict to have a long-lasting sobriety.

Will an Alcohol Intervention Work?

There is always a chance that holding an alcohol intervention may not get a person to go to treatment. However, just because they did not accept the gift of treatment does not mean the intervention was a failure or did not work. If a family has hit any, if not all, of the 7 goals then the alcohol intervention can be considered a success.

That being mentioned, the risk of someone not going into treatment during an alcohol intervention is significantly lower with a trained professional interventionist. Statistically, an intervention performed by a licensed professional interventionist with experience has a 90% chance of being successful. If a family prepares themselves for the intervention through hiring a professional interventionist, becoming educated, and being a unified support system, the chances of the alcohol intervention succeeding increases dramatically.

How Can We Make an Intervention More Successful?

Having a professional interventionist will increase your success rate. But here are a couple other tips to keep in mind as well:

Stick to Your Bottom Lines

Bottom lines are what families use to draw the final line and set boundaries if their loved one does not go to treatment. Bottom lines can be anything from, “I will no longer give you money.” to “I’m going to take over custody of your children until you demonstrate that you are a fit parent.” Holding an intervention is a last resort when getting a loved one into treatment. Which means that in the potential case that the intervention ends with them not going to treatment, the family must be ready to follow through with the bottom lines set forth during the intervention.

Have a Treatment Plan Ready to Go

Taking a loved one to treatment immediately after hosting an alcohol intervention will help dramatically increase the success rate. They will have no time to go back on their promise and will have no other option (if the family remains a cohesive team and sticks to their bottom lines).

Why Heartland Recovery Center?

To make sure not only the intervention but the treatment is long-term successful, choosing a treatment option that will work for your loved one is ideal. Which is why Heartland Recovery Center does not “fit the mold” when it comes to treatment. Unlike other treatment centers, Heartland tailors each client’s treatment to insure the highest quality. This is insured by allowing clients to have a voice in their recovery journey and treatment plan. One size does not fit all. Finding and following a path of recovery that is authentic to the individual is essential in long-term recovery. At Heartland Recovery Center, our team helps guide clients to find the path that fits their needs. Being able to genuinely bond with the staff, program, and other clientele will allow give them a true connection with recovery. To find out more about interventions, our program, or general information, please give us a call.

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