Embracing a life in recovery is not always easy. After living in the throes of active addiction for so long, it’s difficult to imagine a life without alcohol and/or drugs. Even though addiction is the cause of many significant consequences, many people who live with the effects of the deadly disease of substance abuse addiction have an intense fear of withdrawal, causing them to resign themselves to addiction indefinitely.
Unfortunately, many of the objectives that individuals have to addiction recovery are the result of being ill-informed about rehabilitation and the journey of recovery. Since becoming more informed and contending with the consequences of addiction are an important first step toward recovery, we have created a concise guide to drug and alcohol interventions at Malvern Institute. As leaders in the field of addiction, we know that providing intervention services alongside evidence-based treatment and community resources is the foundation to recovery. By intervening in your loved one’s addiction, you can help him or her embrace the prospect of recovery.
What is an Intervention?
Interventions are a concept with which many people are familiar on a conceptual level, but very few people actually know how interventions work, how to plan an intervention, or how to execute an intervention. By definition, the term “intervention” refers to the act of interfering between two things so as to alter the course of the future. This basic definition also applies to interventions as they pertain to alcohol and drug use; however, alcohol and drug interventions are more an event than an action or abstract concept. When an intervention is held for someone addicted to alcohol or drugs, it means that his or her family members are making a coordinated effort to show the far-reaching effects of his or her addiction and to strongly encourage that he or she get help.
When it comes to alcohol and drug interventions, there are a number of different models that can be used, each of which are designed for certain situations and circumstances. To many people, interventions involve confrontation, which implies a level of aggression or force; however, this is not what an intervention should be. Instead, it would be better to think of an intervention as an opportunity. Essentially, an intervention means you sit down with your addicted loved one to express to him or her how you feel about his or her substance abuse problem. The idea is to “confront” your loved one with the effects of his or her addiction, including how the substance abuse affects both the user and his/her loved ones. Rather than being an aggressive confrontation, an intervention is more an emotional confrontation. In fact, alcohol and drug interventions are extremely emotional events that require lots of preparation to execute effectively, but when you put in the time and effort, interventions have high success rates for encouraging them to seek help.
Key Features of the Malvern Intervention Model
Many recovery journeys begin with an intervention, which is why we at Malvern Institute take interventions very seriously. In fact, we have developed our own methodology for preparing and executing interventions. Meant to mirror and complement the Malvern Model of recovery, the Malvern Intervention Model is a valuable resource to those who have a loved one suffering from addiction. Once the family members and friends of an addict decide that intervention is necessary, we work closely with those individuals on both planning and executing the intervention. Many individuals who attempt to stage an intervention on their own quickly realize just how difficult this can be, especially when there is a lack of direction and informational resources; however, the Malvern Intervention Model essentially provides families with a blueprint that can be used to maximize the effectiveness of the intervention.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of the Malvern Intervention Model is how we’ve integrated it into the overarching Malvern Model of Care. It works like this: We work closely with you as you assemble the components of the intervention, providing the necessary support to ensure your intervention is as effective as possible. After the intervention, the individual can begin the detoxification process as one of our facilities, effectively making intervention what jumpstarts the recovery process. From detox to the completing of treatment at Malvern Institute (and even beyond), your addicted loved one will benefit from a well-rounded and comprehensive rehabilitative curriculum. During this time, we continue to monitor your loved one’s progress and overall well-being, ensuring his or her safety throughout the recovery process and helping him or her to achieve optimal benefit from the Malvern Model of Care. When he or she has completed the inpatient phases of care, we will continue to follow-up with you and your loved one through Malvern Institute’s Recovery-Oriented Community (ROC) Program, which is essentially an alumni program for patients and their families.
An intervention may seem straightforward from a conceptual standpoint, but actually staging an intervention is far more complicated and intensive than many people realize. Although the confrontation part of an intervention is important, every participant needs to put in some due diligence. In other words, an intervention requires some homework, but don’t worry. Malvern has you covered.
While many treatment centers don’t become involved in a patient’s recovery journey until the point of intake, we actually provide guidance and support during the intervention stage. Whether or not an intervention is effective is highly dependent on the amount of preparation and planning that is put into the intervention, which is why we have a team of professionals dedicated solely to helping you and your family with intervention planning. During a highly emotional and otherwise overwhelming time, you will be working closely with an appointed interventionist who will be your support system, able to answer any questions you may have and offering any guidance needed to execute a successful intervention.
If you have any questions about the Malvern Intervention Model or the Malvern Model of Care, or for any other concerns you may have, please give us a call at 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).