There is more to alcohol and drug addiction interventions than meets the eye. In fact, there are 3 main stages to the process – the planning stage, the actual intervention, and the follow-up. But what happens after an intervention? Read on to find out the answers to this question and more:
Understanding the Need for Ongoing Support
As we mentioned above, interventions are more than simply getting someone to accept that they have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol and that they need to check into a rehab center.
In fact, it is essential that you look at so much more than simply the fact that someone has been abusing intoxicating and mind-altering substances and has – as a direct result – developed a chemical and psychological dependence on these drugs and/or alcohol.
To this end, the intervention cannot be successful – or even over – unless the loved one manages to achieve at least 12 months of continuous recovery, sobriety, and abstinence from both drugs and alcohol.
Therefore, you need to provide ongoing support to the addict both during and after the actual intervention process. By so doing, you will be more than prepared to provide them with the assistance they need especially during the initial days before and after checking into the rehab’s program that you selected for them.
Understanding what happens after an intervention, to this end, ensures that you are well prepared for any eventuality that might transpire. Consider, for instance, the fact that some people have been known to agree to rehab immediately after undergoing an intervention before checking out of the center some days – or even hours – after they enrolled for treatment.
Consequently, it might be essential for you to ask some questions during and after the actual intervention. Even though everyone undergoes different situations with respect to substance abuse and addiction, you might still want to find answers to:
- What can everyone do while the addict is still receiving ongoing treatment and rehabilitation?
- What can we do to keep them receiving the treatment that they need to overcome their substance use disorder?
- What happens in case they inform us that they would like to check out of the rehab center?
- What would happen in case they were to relapse back to their old habits after undergoing rehabilitation?
Helping Addicts in the Post-Intervention Stage
After dealing with someone who has a drug or alcohol problem, it is highly unlikely that you might have no clue whatsoever about how you are going to deal with them once they agree to enroll for addiction rehabilitation and treatment services.
Even so, there are many things that you might focus on to help you handle the different situations that are likely to arise. You should, for instance, remember that they have done a good job by simply agreeing to check into treatment. That by itself is commendable.
To keep them in the program, however, you should consider following the advice provided below:
- Ensure that they are enrolled in a program that can provide them with a safe and medically managed detoxification procedure; this could reduce or eliminate the risk that they will suffer from adverse withdrawal symptoms and dangerous drug cravings
- Help them learn and – eventually – develop the coping skills that they need to deal with and continue facing various uncomfortable situations, feelings, and things in their life; these coping mechanisms should be direct at the healthies options that keep away the urge to turn to drugs/alcohol
- Provide the addict with the ability to face all past issues that have been troubling them, take responsibility for the harms they have caused, and – where possible – work on making up for any damage that was their fault
- Teach the drug user and/or alcoholic the importance of being in a recovery support group; this will ensure that they have ongoing help beyond their immediate family and social circle once they check out of the rehab program or center
Your Post-Intervention Role
During any of the stages in the recovery processes explained above, it is highly likely that the addict might be dealing with emotional and physical upheavals. At some point, you might think that they sound excited and wonderful before they become bitter and angry the following day.
As far as possible, therefore, you should try to understand that the alcohol/addict has been living a lifestyle that allows them to avoid all uncomfortable and disconcerting feelings and things. As such, they might be having a hard time – especially because they can no longer turn to intoxicating and mind-altering substances – facing up to them in a state of sobriety.
Expectations During Treatment
While finding answers to the “what happens after an intervention?” question, there are some things that you should consider doing after they have checked into a treatment center. These include:
- Attending counseling, family therapy, and support group meetings
- Calling your loved one
- Where allowed, paying them a visit
- Learning how to deal with a relapse, should it happen
- Making frequent follow-up phone calls to the addiction treatment and rehabilitation facility
- Providing them with the financial assistance needed to see them through treatment and rehab
- Sending them packages and mail, where accepted
- Focusing on long term success
- Guiding them toward the best treatment options
- Improving your ongoing relationship with them
- Providing them with lifelong support
In the long run, therefore, there are many options on what happens after an intervention. For some interventions, for instance, the affected individual might refuse the help you have offered and even go so far as to state that they intend to continue abusing drugs and alcohol.
In such a situation, it is imperative that you carefully reiterate what you threatened – as well as the consequences you informed them that you would mete out in case they refused the help you offered.
For instance, if you had promised that you were going to cut them out of your life, proceed and do so. This might involve separating them from all financial assistance that they were receiving from you, kicking them out of the home, and ensuring that they are not going to gain anything else from you.
Although this might seem a bit extreme, it has been shown to be effective in situations where addicts completely refuse to accept they have a problem. The rude shock might catapult them into the rock bottom that could force them to come back begging for the help you offered to get into a rehab center.