Finding an Interventionist in Ocala, Florida

Are you considering an intervention to persuade a loved one to enter into a drug rehab center for treatment? If so, there are some things you should know.

There are many myths surrounding interventions. An intervention is not just for the friend or loved one struggling with substance abuse issues; interventions are for that person and his or her entire support network. An intervention is not a last-ditch attempt to save a friend or family member who has hit “rock bottom.” It is for those around the addicted person who have had enough.

Interventions are for all involved and will require everyone, not just a person with an addiction issue, to face the consequences and costs of their behavior. The goal is to change that behavior. This makes choosing the right interventionist and the process of an intervention particularly important.

When speaking with interventionists, you should be clear about the potential concerns that may present themselves. Will does the subject of the intervention become violent or abusive when confronted? Does the person have his or her own resources? Is the entire family in agreement, or will the interventionist need to speak with them about the issues first?

Conversely, the interventionist should make clear a few points. By the time you finish interviewing an interventionist, you should know what types of addiction they have experience with, what methods they use in their intervention, what preparation you will be expected to do, and what will happen at the end of the intervention, whether the patient has agreed to treatment or refused it. You should know the style and approach and should be able to determine if you are comfortable with it.

Interventionists will also need to make clear that some of the work will fall to the family or support network. The interventionist will conduct extensive interviews with everyone in the support group of an addict and may confront them with some difficult revelations about how they have enabled or exacerbated the behavior of the one they love. This may not be easy, but it is crucial to a successful intervention. If family and friends change their behavior, the person they love will feel pressure to change as well.

Drug Intervention Counselor In Ocala, FL

Often interventionists deal with “magical thinking.” It is tempting to think an easy fix is lying just around the corner in the form of a life change, such as getting married, finding a better job, or some other external change. Often an interventionist needs to break down this approach and discuss that this is not how a chronic illness works. Just like a new job will not magically cure cancer, it will not address the underlying issues that cause substance abuse.

Interventionists will often need to act quickly and decisively. The reality of substance abuse, depending on the substance, is that quick action is often needed to prevent health risks such as overdose and psychological risks such as forming more toxic social connections with other users. Families and friends will need to be ready for this speed.

Ocala, FL Drug and Addiction Intervention Counselors

Often interventionists will engage in a three-step process. The first step is the initial consultation where the family and interventionist will discuss the situation, learn what will be involved and what approaches will be used, and see if everyone in the social group that will be part of the intervention will agree to the steps taken and do the work involved.

The next step will be several sessions where the group will need, individually and collectively, to confront enabling behavior in which it may engage. This can take many different forms, from giving a loved one a safe place to do drugs to supplying them with money and willfully ignoring where that money may wind up. For some, this may be one of the hardest parts of the process.

Finally, the process that has become familiar from reality TV will begin and the intervention will be staged. The most important point here is that it will just be the beginning of a long journey to sobriety.

Alcohol Intervention Near Me

Alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency can present unique concerns. Alcohol, and being drunk, are more socially acceptable than other drugs and being visibly impaired by them. Confronting a loved one with concerns about alcohol abuse can be difficult, and often the intervention must be about the behavior they engage while under the influence and how it affects those they love. This can be particularly difficult for everyone involved, and often requires a specialist in alcohol intervention.

If you are unsure as to where to locate an interventionist, there are more resources than you realize. Your family doctor, your insurer, and the intake coordinators at facilities such as the Recovery Village can all refer you to an interventionist, and if your goals do not align, that interventionist will help you find another professional who can help. Remember, above all, that there is help and that you do not have to confront the person you love about their illness alone.