When planning an intervention to help a loved one struggling with addiction
, a crucial part of the process is having a treatment option thoroughly researched and available and ready if the addict or alcoholic decides to accept professional help during the intervention.
This can be an overwhelming and stressful aspect of the intervention planning process, as there are many types of treatment specializing in various areas. Finding the one that is right for your loved one is crucial, as the wrong treatment program can hinder their recovery.
Researching a variety of programs can help you find the right treatment program for your loved one’s situation to offer during the intervention
How to pick a treatment center
To make an informed choice of a treatment facility to offer to your loved one, take the following steps into consideration:
Determine what the addict/alcoholic needs to go to treatment for.
The most vital part of finding a treatment facility is determining what the person in question needs treatment for. Without identifying this, it will be impossible to move forward in your search. They may require treatment for drugs, alcohol, a mental illness, or combinations of the three
, and treatment will vary accordingly.
Assess the financial factors that would affect treatment.
If money is an issue, this may mean looking into the patient’s insurance, if they have it, to determine what type of treatment would be covered or partially covered by their policy. Different policies cover different types of treatment and lengths of stays at treatment facilities. Knowing about the financial aspects of treatment before looking into specific facilities is vital to find the best fit.
Do your research.
Once you’ve determined what the patient’s needs are and what role finances play, there are many websites and hotlines that will assist you in finding a specific treatment facility. Don’t make any immediate decisions. Look into programs that are 12-step based
, as well as those that are not. Consider the pros and cons of outpatient treatment
versus those of an inpatient treatment facility. Ask questions to determine if the facility provides detox and aftercare. Make an informed decision only after examining all possibilities.
Once you’ve settled on a facility, make contact with them.
Getting in touch with the treatment facility is important to make sure that the addict/alcoholic will have a place in the facility, should they accept help. If the treatment facility has room for an additional patient, try to work through as many details as possible in advance of the potential intake. This could mean giving a history of the patient and their problem, as well as providing insurance information. The goal is to have as much pre-planning done as possible so that all the patient will have to do during the intervention is say, “Yes.”
When it’s time for the intervention
During the intervention, present the information you have gathered, as well as the plan going forward if the addict/alcoholic accepts help. For the potential patient to say “yes” to treatment, they may need or want details about the treatment facility and when they need to arrive there. Try to prepare the answers to these questions ahead of time, so that if your loved one asks during the intervention, you are prepared. Having the answers to their questions may help your loved one feel less hesitant about accepting help.
Have a detailed plan for after the intervention, including who will transport the patient to the treatment center, likely immediately following the meeting. This is important because it gives the addict/alcoholic less time to change their mind about getting help.
By keeping these tips in mind when researching treatment facilities and having a detailed plan, your loved one is more likely to accept help during an intervention.
For more information and to help start your loved one’s journey toward recovery today, contact our team at The Recovery Village Ridgefield.