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Alcohol Intervention Is Used To Motivate A Loved One To Seek Treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health, an alcohol addiction, clinically referred to as an alcohol use disorder, is a brain disease, making it a legitimate medical condition that requires treatment; in some cases, an alcohol intervention may be necessary to help someone stop drinking.

An alcohol intervention is a method of approaching a loved one about their drinking and encouraging them to seek help.

Sometimes, people may seek treatment for alcohol abuse on their own, but in other situations, they may be hesitant to seek treatment.

In this case, concerned relatives may stage an intervention, preferably with the help of a professional, to motivate their loved one to seek alcohol rehab.

The First Step In Staging An Alcohol Intervention

When the family decides to stage an alcohol intervention on behalf of a loved one, the first step is to create a plan. This involves deciding who will participate in the intervention, where you will conduct it, and what you will say.

It is also important to plan ahead by choosing an alcohol rehab center where your loved one can go when they, hopefully, agree with your efforts to get them to go to rehab. Sit down with the family as a team to explore treatment options, so when you approach your loved one, you already have a place lined up for them to go to get help.

It is helpful if you choose important people from your loved one’s life, such as parents, siblings, a significant other, or close friends to participate in the alcohol intervention. You should avoid inviting anyone your loved one does not get along with to participate, as this may reduce your chances of convincing your loved one to seek help.

Should You Hire A Professional For An Alcohol Intervention?

Hiring a professional to assist with an alcohol intervention is typically a wise choice. Professionals are trained and experienced in working with individuals with alcohol addictions, and they serve as a neutral party. A professional can provide advice regarding what to say and not to say during an alcohol intervention, and they can keep the meeting on track should your loved one become upset or should a member of the intervention team have difficulty expressing their concerns to your loved one. Professionals are also skilled in communicating with someone who has an addiction, and they can use strategies to keep your loved one calm and to motivate them to seek treatment.

Do Alcohol Interventions Work?

If you are thinking about hiring a professional to conduct an alcohol intervention, you might be wondering if this strategy is even effective. While no single method will work for everyone, there is evidence that alcohol interventions can work. For example, a 2016 study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence evaluated the effectiveness of a specific type of alcohol intervention called a CRAFT intervention.

Study results showed that in families that used a CRAFT intervention, individuals with alcohol addictions were more likely to participate in treatment, and the mental health and cohesion of families improved too. This means that using an alcohol intervention will not only motivate your loved to seek treatment; it can also improve the functioning of the family as a whole.

Knowing When It Is Time To Stage An Alcohol Intervention

Alcohol interventions can be effective for motivating a loved one to go to alcohol rehab, so it is important to know when it is time to conduct an intervention. Sometimes, a person who has an alcohol use disorder will recognize that they have a problem, and they will seek rehab on their own. On the other hand, some people with alcohol use disorders may be in denial that they need treatment.

If your loved one has an alcohol use disorder and refuses to seek alcohol rehab, despite suffering from serious problems from drinking, it is probably time to conduct an intervention. Knowing the signs of an alcohol use disorder, which is the clinical term for an alcohol addiction, can help you to determine when it is time to plan an alcohol intervention for your loved one. Some symptoms of an alcohol use disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health, include experiencing strong alcohol cravings, drinking larger amounts of alcohol than intended, and being unable to cut back on drinking. Additional symptoms are: continuing to drink even when it causes problems fulfilling duties at work or home, ongoing alcohol abuse even when it creates difficulty in relationships, or continuing to abuse alcohol, despite the fact that it contributes to or worsens a health problem.

If your loved one shows some of these signs and refuses to accept help, an alcohol intervention can motivate them to go to rehab.

What Happens in Alcohol Rehab?

If you are planning an alcohol intervention, you probably want to know what your loved one can expect when they go to alcohol rehab. When someone is addicted to alcohol, they are likely to experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking, so many alcohol rehab programs begin with detox, where a person has access to medical care and support to keep them as safe and as comfortable as possible as their body rids itself of alcohol.

After detox, it is important that your loved one continues with an ongoing alcohol rehab program, which may be either inpatient or outpatient. Regardless of the specific treatment setting, an alcohol rehab program typically involves behavioral interventions, such as support groups and individual and group counseling. Behavioral interventions are important, because they can teach people coping skills to deal with triggers of addiction. For example, a specific type of counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy can help someone with an alcohol addiction to change their thought processes and learn to identify cues that may lead them to drink.

California Alcohol Rehab

Once you decide it is time to stage an alcohol intervention for a loved one, it is important to explore alcohol rehab programs where they can seek treatment. If you are seeking California alcohol rehab, Resurgence is located in Orange County and offers detox services as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment.

If your loved one chooses us as their inpatient alcohol rehab, they will receive treatment in a home-like setting, with close access to beautiful California amenities, like beaches, piers, waterfalls, and outdoor shopping centers. They will also receive an individualized treatment plan, customized to meet their unique needs. Reach out to us today to discuss how we can help your loved one after your family conducts an alcohol intervention.

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Paying For California Alcohol Rehab

Cost is certainly a concern when seeking an alcohol rehab program.

Fortunately, Resurgence simplifies the process of paying for treatment by offering a free, confidential insurance verification program.

Visit our website or give us a phone call, and we can help you to determine what services your loved one’s insurance plan covers and how much they can expect to pay out of pocket for treatment.

If your loved one does not have insurance, we can work with them to develop a private payment plan.

At Resurgence California, we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to receive affordable treatment that helps them to develop coping skills to deal with triggers of addiction.

Sources:

1) https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohols-effects-health/alcohol-use-disorder
2) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27141840/
3) https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/treatment-alcohol-problems-finding-and-getting-help

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