Levels of intervention
Reasons Of Using Intervention
Belief systems have been drastically changed by the concept of intervention. Earlier on, people used to harbor the belief that only an inner sense of motivation can drag a person out of the mire of addiction, & help him claw his way back to a stable state. It was believed that only after hitting his lowest ebb would a person "wake up" from within.
Studies & practical application have found this belief to be unfounded. Friends & family often act in a protective & cautionary method towards the addict, unknowingly creating an unhealthy support system which allows the vice to fester. The protection does not address the cardinal problem; in fact, it only helps it progress further.
Intervention targets this very support system. Instead of promoting further secrecy & isolation, there is the formation of a tangible support network around each person through the proactive involvement of friends, family & other concerned individuals. The network then gives confidence & empowers the person in his uphill battle.
How to Conduct Intervention
Practically speaking, three levels of intervention are employed. They are differentiated by their matching of the level of effort used by the intervention network to the individual’s resistance. A support network is convened, & a trained professional works in close co-ordination with them to achieve positive results. The desired end-point is to convince the individual to start treatment.
- Level I has its core in techniques aimed at telephonic coaching. We help create a firm bedrock of hope, and find individuals who can actively assist & be mobilized for the first intervention meeting. Techniques through which the targeted individual is invited are also taught.
- If the earlier efforts haven’t been successful, Level II intervention will get better response. Two to five direct meetings with the support network, with or without the individual’s presence, are arranged. They aim at mobilization of the support network geared towards reaching the goal of helping start treatment.
- Level III is a more forthright expression of the limits & consequences of non-cooperation explained to the concerned individual. The support network proceeds in an understanding & loving manner to lay out these details to the uncooperative individual, who must feel this as a natural fallout from his attitude.
Long-term relations are safeguarded when using these approaches. The family & their decisions are also protected from any influence by the individual’s condition.
Involvement Is Important
An addict’s aloof attitude dictates that friends, family & other close relations should be directly involved in the support network. The onus lies on the network, in turn, to make sure that humiliation or disgrace of the individual due to his addiction is not part of their modus operandi; rather their efforts should be geared towards supporting a revolution in behavioral patterns.