Five Reasons to Hire a Professional Interventionist

Five Reasons to Hire a Professional InterventionistLorazepam is used most often to deal with anxiety, muscle spasms, or even insomnia. However, some patients who take lorazepam become addicted often denying their emotional and physical dependence on the drug. They do not recognize or take responsibility for the negative behavior that results from being a lorazepam addict. Often an intervention is the catalyst that convinces them into agreeing to enter a recovery program. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an intervention can significantly increase the chances that an addict will enter and complete treatment and stay clean. Read more

Interventions around the Holidays

Interventions around the HolidaysIf you are planning an intervention for a California loved one, be sure you give the meeting the best chances of success by considering whether or not to hold it during the holidays. Read more

Internet Addiction Intervention

Internet Addiction InterventionRoughly 1 in 8 Americans are battling an internet addiction, where they are using the web in a compulsive manner that begins to take control of their lives. For many internet addicts, they have damaged relationships with their loved ones as they have been fixated on the internet instead of their friends and family. They might have also had difficulties at work, potentially threatening their employment, or even losing their jobs over their lack of attention to their job requirements. As the addiction grows stronger, an internet addict can even begin to change their identity online and masquerade as something they are not. As these issues develop, it is important to put an end to these behaviors to promote a healthy lifestyle. Read more

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Opioid Users

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Opioid UsersOpioid addiction is a powerful disease that affects both the physical and mental health of the victim. In many cases, individuals addicted to prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone or Demerol, are the last to know that they have a problem. The disease may blind them to their own condition, causing them to blame others, to make excuses or to simply deny that they are hooked on drugs. In some of these cases, an organized addiction intervention is the addict’s final, best hope for recovery. Through the use of the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in a firm but gentle confrontation, these addicts may be able to realize the gravity of their situation while there is still time to heal. Read more

Benefits and Risks of Holding an Intervention

Benefits and Risks of Holding an InterventionAn intervention is a planned opportunity for family members or close friends to help a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. These events can take place with the help of a trained interventionist, or a group can plan and carry out the intervention on their own. An intervention provides loved ones of an addict the opportunity to let the person know what his addiction has done to the family or group. Each person participating in the process has a chance to speak, and at the end of the intervention the addicted loved one must decide to enter rehab. Interventions can be emotionally challenging, and the people involved in the process must prepare themselves for a variety of responses from their addicted loved one. Using a trained interventionist helps family members and friends understand what is involved in the intervention and find the right treatment program for their loved one. There are both benefits and risks associated with the intervention process. Read more

Is Holding an Intervention the Right Choice for My Loved One?

Is Holding an Intervention the Right Choice for My Loved One?Most people are familiar with the concept of an addiction intervention. They have seen these confrontational meetings depicted on film and television often for great dramatic or comedic effect, but the truth about interventions is often vastly different than many people believe. They are risky endeavors that should be used only as a last resort, and they do not always go as planned. It is crucial that the friends and loved ones of an addict consider the facts carefully, as they decide if it is time to hold an intervention.
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How Many People Should Be Included in an Intervention?

How Many People Should Be Included in an Intervention?Organizing an intervention can be a delicate process with many challenges. Deciding how many people should be present and who should be involved in an intervention is an integral part of the plan. It is important to not only decide how many people should be included in an intervention, but also to choose the right people. An intervention is a useful tool that can lead someone to get help for addiction, so throwing a successful intervention could literally change a life. A successful intervention may lead a user to recovery.
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What to Do on the Day of an Intervention

What to Do on the Day of an InterventionThe purpose of intervention is to present an addicted loved one with the opportunity to seek treatment. On the day of intervention it is important to remember the reasons behind the intervention. Interventions are emotional, so the night before make sure you sleep, eat breakfast and have time to acknowledge what the day might offer. You need to acknowledge that there is a possibility that the loved one will reject your offer, and you need to be prepared to stand by any ultimatums or consequences you set. Remain calm during the day of the intervention, and support everyone that is involved.
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Interventions for Loved Ones Struggling with Trauma and Addiction

Interventions for Loved Ones Struggling with Trauma and AddictionAddiction is a common challenge for individuals dealing with the physical and psychological stress caused by trauma. Soldiers, police, first-responders and victims of violent crime frequently demonstrate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including the following:

  • Flashbacks
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Nightmares and sleeplessness
  • Emotional disorders
  • Temper management problems and corresponding verbal or physical abuse
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions

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Interventions for Soldiers and Veterans

Interventions for Soldiers and VeteransMilitary personnel, veterans and families of soldiers must deal with the aftermath of traumatic events such as combat exposure, multiple long deployments and physical injury. Death and tragedy are unfortunately common experiences for military personnel, and the consequences of military experience can be anything but rewarding for some soldiers and veterans. The sights they have seen, places they have traveled and loneliness they have felt can lead to physical and psychological damage. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are common psychological disorders that are found in active members of the military and in veterans. Flashbacks including reoccurring images and sounds can haunt a person and lead to sleepless nights, hallucinations, delirium, paranoia, anxiety or depression. Soldiers and vets may turn to drugs or alcohol to relieve the pain, escape from reality or cope with tragedy trauma and loss.
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