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Addiction Intervention in Alaska
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Addiction Intervention in Alaska

Alcohol and drug addiction can be crippling for the entire family, and oftentimes an addiction intervention is the only way to persuade the addict to accept treatment. Many addicts refuse treatment because one of the primary symptoms of addiction, is being in denial that a problem actually exists.

According to the Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit’s 2014 report, “the greatest contributing factor to violent crimes–including domestic violence and sexual assault–is drug and alcohol abuse.” Substance abuse is also behind crimes such as burglary, and causes many accidental deaths. The most commonly abused substances in Alaska, are alcohol, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana.

What is Addiction Intervention?

Addiction intervention in Alaska is an action that the family and/or close friends who are affected by the addiction take to confront an addict with the consequences of their addiction. The intervention takes the form of a meeting prearranged by the family to which the addict is invited. Everyone at the meeting understands that an intervention is taking place, except the addict.

Planning the Intervention

The addiction intervention is discussed in detail before the meeting, preferably with the aid of a professional interventionist. Intervention services and many rehabs in Alaska employ specialists experienced in arranging and facilitating drug and alcohol intervention meetings. During the discussions, the family and other affected parties decide what they will say to the addict. They usually write out their statement beforehand to ensure that they remember everything and can talk calmly and with a clear head. They will include details of how the addict’s behavior affects them, but the emphasis is on empathy for the addicted person. The intention is to lovingly confront the addict with the effects of their addiction in a way that breaks through their denial.

The planning includes preparing specific goals for the intervention. It is not enough to tell the addict to “get help” because vague promises are unlikely to be kept. Research is needed to help decide exactly what kind of help they want the addict to agree to and when. A typical goal might be for the addict to agree to, “Enter (a specific) drug rehab this afternoon, remain in rehab for 90 days, and follow that with recovery programs.” The plan should include details of how the treatment will be funded.

The treatment regime presented to the addict must be accompanied by consequences, and these must be fully discussed before the intervention takes place. Consequences vary depending on the situation of the family and addict, but they could include ending the marriage or stopping financial support, for example.

Rehab Intervention Specialists

Intervention specialists can advise whether an intervention is warranted and how it should be carried out, as well as who should be present. It is strongly encouraged to hire a specialist because if the intervention is not carried out with care, the addict may become defensive, angry, and possibly violent. The presence of a professional tends to have a calming effect on the meeting, and the interventionist’s experience in potential conflict situations can be extremely helpful. It is especially important to ensure that a specialist is present if the addicted person has mental health issues or has shown signs of suicidal thoughts in the past.

An intervention specialist can also help in educating the family on the processes involved in forming an addiction, as well as how recovery works. Many people hold the incorrect idea that addiction is the fault of the addict and that it can be overcome by willpower alone. Neither of these are true, and a professional can explain what is really involved in addiction and how family members play an important role in enabling the addictive behavior to persist.

A well-planned and executed addiction intervention can be the best, and sometimes the only, option to convince a person suffering from alcohol or drug dependency to accept help. Reach out to an addiction specialist today for more information on addiction intervention in Alaska.