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Saturday, May 15, 2010

10 Steps to a Christian Drug or Alcohol Intervention

10 Steps of a Christian Drug Intervention
Step 1 - Call our hotline - 800.708.3173
Call our private and confidential hotline. One of our consultants will assess your crisis and will determine the appropriateness of an intervention.
Step 2 - Placement with an interventionist
Upon clinical assessment of your individual needs, you will be matched with an appropriate interventionist.
Step 3 - Outline treatment options
The interventionist will outline specific treatment options according to your unique needs (location, clinical matters, medical coverage, etc). Once we have determined the appropriate outlet, our team will take care of admissions details and necessary travel arrangements.
Step 4 - Outline a plan of action
Through a series of one-on-one meetings and/or telephone conversations, your interventionist will guide you and others involved through the process of organizing a professionally facilitated, effective intervention.
Step 5 - Pre-intervention meeting
Your interventionist will fly or drive to your location for the pre-intervention meeting. This meeting is typically scheduled during the late afternoon or evening and lasts an average of three to four hours. During this meeting, we talk about the disease of addiction and its impact on family, friends, co-workers and others. We discuss what the treatment course and recovery process will involve and, finally, under the guidance of your interventionist, we will prepare and rehearse written statements to share with your loved one during the intervention.
Step 6 - Intervention
Interventions are typically scheduled for the morning immediately following the pre-intervention meeting. The intervention usually takes about one to one-and-a-half hours. An intervention is a structured, solution-focused process that consist of a group of close friends, family members, co-workers, colleagues, spiritual advisors, etc., who come together in a caring and non-judgmental manner to present their observations and concerns regarding an addict’s behavior.
Step 7 - Treatment admissions
If the individual accepts help, he or she is immediately escorted to the appropriate treatment outlet. Your interventionist will work with the treatment staff in regards to the critical information gained during the intervention process so that treatment staff can get a jump-start on the assessment and treatment planning process.
Step 8 - Post-intervention consultation
After the intervention, our counselors and interventionists will be available for help for his or her problem. We also assist in helping you start your own path of recovery and healing.
Step 9 - Post-treatment services
Support immediately following treatment significantly increases the probability of abstinence and aids in the major transition from treatment to independent, sober living. The goal of our re-entry program is to provide intense, individualized care during this critical transitional period so that your loved one can begin to develop a healthy, satisfying and productive life in sobriety. These highly individualized services are offered at additional cost.
Step 10 - Congratulations on taking the first step toward recovery
Intervention Questions and Answers
Q: What is an intervention?
A: An intervention is a proactive educational process aimed at disrupting the downward spiral of chaos and crisis within families or organizations caused by addiction. The intervention team comes together, usually led by a professional, in an effort to move all persons involved out of crisis, with the more specific goal of providing immediate help and relief to the identified individual.
Q: What is the goal of an intervention? And how successful are they?
A: The traditional goal of an intervention has been to provide solutions to individuals in crisis from addiction. The modern goal of intervention often termed the “systemic” model, takes a broader view of crisis caused by addiction and attempts to provide solutions not only for the identified individual but for the family or system surrounding the individual as well. At Celebrate A New Life we believe that addiction is a family disease and that our first responsibility is to help those that are willing to get help – typically the family. While making help available to the identified individual is our objective, it is not our only objective and it is not the way we define success. We define success not only by the number of individuals that enter treatment but, more importantly, by how many families we are able to move out of crisis.
Q: I have someone in my life that is in crisis. How do I know if an intervention is appropriate?
A: A Christian intervention is appropriate if you as the friend/family/co-worker can no longer in good conscience sit by and watch the situation deteriorate. When you have decided that you have to do something to help arrest or alter the situation then an intervention is
Q: I’m not sure if this person is drinking, using drugs or just going crazy. I don’t know any details I just know that things are not even close to normal anymore and are moving towards frightening and unsafe. Do I need all the facts before I confront someone?
A: No. You only need legitimate concern for the individual’s welfare or for that of the people he or she comes in contact with who may be suffering or in danger due to the their crisis.
Q: If I have an intervention I’m scared that it might make the situation worse. What if they never speak to me again?
A: A Christian Alcohol or Drug intervention is a gentle, loving, factual, conversational process. It is not a showdown or a test of wills. The process is designed specifically to improve the lives, perceptions, and choices of all involved. Never speaking to someone again because they show up in your life to let you know that they love you, they see you struggling and that help is available is not a reasonable response.
Q: Not everyone surrounding the identified individual is on board with the idea of an intervention. What should we do?
A: Encourage them to talk to Bobby Nicholl at Celebrate A New Life. A great deal of fear is still around the idea of what people think happens at an intervention different then what actually takes place. If they still feel that being part of the team is not for them we will honor that choice and move ahead.
Q: I feel as if I am betraying the person I am trying to help by participating in an intervention. Wouldn’t it be better if I didn’t join the team so that they will feel as if they still have someone they can trust?
A: No. This comes up as the most common fear among intervention participants. The fear is that they are playing the “Judas card” and betraying the trust of their family member or friend. The reality is that we are coming together as a team to make help available to someone we know who is struggling. If we take ourselves away from the team and set up separate “trust” situations we debilitate the efforts of the group to bring all of the secrets to light, to disrupt the “conspiracy of silence.” By bringing secrets out in the open we disabuse them of their power. By talking about what’s going on we break the “conspiracy of silence” – the greatest form of enabling.
Q: How long is the entire intervention process? How long is the actual intervention?
A: The process, from initial inquiry to intervention meeting can be as long as several weeks to as short as the next day. In certain crisis situations it is imperative to take immediate action to prevent the identified individual from harming himself or others. When possible more planning is always appropriate. The most important thing to remember is that analysis equals paralysis, which is why the best thing to do in crisis is to get out of the problem and into the solution. Our clients typically feel relief and hope from the moment they book our services and get into action. The quicker they get this stage behind them the sooner they begin the healing process themselves. The actual intervention usually lasts no longer than an hour. All the hard work of preparation by the team, the staff at Celebrate A Nee Life, and the interventionist is done in advance.
Q: Who should be part of an intervention team?
A: Family, friends, spiritual advisors, co-workers, or supervisors are all appropriate. The interventionist will work with you to build a well-rounded and effectual team.
Q: Everyone seems to think that maybe if we just talk to him he’ll go. Can we hope to have any success if we pull their family and friends together and have a more informal intervention?
A: Our experience is that informal family or co-worker interventions often do more to alienate the identified individual and complicate the situation when a real intervention is called for later on. A professionally facilitated process guided by an experienced interventionist can save years of concern, expense, and frustration.
Q: I think an intervention might be appropriate and I would like to talk to someone about my situation. What do I do next?
A: Call Celebrate A New Life at 800-708-3173 and speak confidentially with one of our crisis consultants.

Christian Intervention Success Rates
75% of addicts enter treatment the day of the intervention. 92% enter treatment within a week after the intervention.
Alcoholics and addicts whose careers were in shambles due to their addictions can and do resurrect their jobs and families. They go on to become model employees and company leaders. Organizational productivity gains after successful addiction intervention and treatment include:
• 91% decrease in absenteeism
• 88% decrease in problems with supervisors
• 93% decrease in mistakes in work
• 97% decrease in on-the-job injuries
• 71% drop in injuries
Early intervention, treatment, and continuing care are the best combination for successful recovery from addiction. Intervention is the first step toward healing the damage done by alcoholism and addiction

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