Planning an Intervention for Alcohol Abuse

Planning an Intervention for Alcohol AbuseAn intervention occurs when family or friends of someone who is dealing with substance abuse or addiction meet to motivate a user to seek help for addiction. An intervention provides an avenue for friends and family to show support to someone dealing with substance abuse.

Alcohol is an intoxicating substance that is found in wine, beer, and other liquor. According to statistics presented by the National Institute of Health (NIH), nearly 160 million people in the United States, nearly half of the population, have at least one drink a day.

Signs of Addiction

There are ways that friends and family can determine whether or not a loved one is abusing alcohol. The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) list the following as a few of the signs:

  • Being unable to limit the amount of drink
  • Hiding drinking or drinking alone
  • Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms
  • Losing interest in hobbies or personal events

While these signs do not make up an entire list of symptoms, they do provide a foundation for determining whether or not you or your loved one needs help with alcohol abuse or addiction. If you feel that alcohol abuse is present, it may be time for an intervention.

Types of Interventions

Planning an intervention is difficult, especially when you are planning one for a family member or loved one. If you find that someone you love is abusing alcohol, an intervention may be the first step toward getting your loved one the help that he or she needs to live a healthy and happy life.

According to Intervention America, a leading site for information concerning intervention help, there are four leading types of intervention, including the following:

  • Simple intervention: Occurs between an addicted family member and one other person
  • Classical intervention: Occurs between family, and not the addicted person, so that they can be educated on what the problem is and how to help
  • Family system intervention: Occurs when more than one family member is dealing with addiction or problems and a whole family is involved in the recovery process
  • Crisis intervention: Occurs when the situation in an addict’s life becomes so dangerous that the addict sees that immediate help is necessary

These types of interventions all have factors that may help a loved one abusing alcohol. However, you may not be able to handle an intervention alone. Depending on the severity of the abuse and the attitude of those involved, it may be necessary to hire a professional interventionist.

Planning Options

A professional interventionist understands the procedures for diagnosing and assessing criteria for chemical dependence. An interventionist’s job is to assist with intervention and guide family and friends through treatment.

When planning an intervention, it is best to consider all of the options for recovery. Whether you choose to use one of the intervention strategies on your own, hire a professional interventionist, or take another option, talk about your choices with your family.

Addiction Help

If your or someone you love is dealing with addiction or you are seeking strategies for intervention, there is help available. Please call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admission coordinator that can help connect you with the treatment options that may be right for you and your situation. Lines are open 24 hours a day.