Houghton House’s inovative approach to intervention

At Houghton House, we are able to help loved ones to plan a properly conducted direct intervention involving cooperation between the family or friends and one of our expert counsellors. It is often as a result of this action that the addicted person can finally receive the help they know they need.

An intervention

Is an orchestrated attempt by one or many people – usually family and friends – to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction.

Interventions & Assessments behavior

Confronting an addict with a suggestion of rehabilitation is usually an emotionally charged and difficult situation for concerned loved ones but the best approach is often the most direct.

Professional Assessment

It is important that the family acknowledges that they are not professionals and that all they are asking is for the identified substance abuser to be assessed by a professional who will be able to evaluate the situation. If the psychologist or counsellor agrees that a problem exists, the family has an obligation to not stand by and allow the destructive behaviour patterns to continue untreated.

Don’t take Excuses

The family must be prepared to remain focused and engaged, to not be appeased by excuses or promises, and to acknowledge the magnitude of the situation and the consequences of the addict’s behaviour. These most frequently take the form of financial and legal trouble, betrayal and deceit, and breakdown of relationships with family and friends.

Should the individual be uncompromising or uncooperative in their refusal to accept help, there is legal recourse available to encourage them to comply with their family’s wishes. We are able to assist you with the commitment process.

When ignoring the issue is no longer possible

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We need to confront the situation before a crisis forces us to confront the tragedy of addiction…

Based on specific strategies that are selected to direct the process of the evaluation and intervention, and the planning, selection, and implementation on the basis of the addict’s desired outcomes taking all the evaluated data, and evidence into account.

Interventions Process

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Simple Intervention

Rather than staging a huge gathering of people to confront your loved one, sometimes a single family member facing the addicted person, asking them to stop using drugs and begin a comprehensive addiction treatment program, is all it takes to bring about change. With or without a professional interventionist present to assist, this one-on-one intervention can be very effective.

Classical Intervention

A classical intervention begins with a planning session that includes everyone except the addicted person. This type of intervention often includes counsel and education for all family members and participants and is often classified as a Johnson Model intervention. In this type of intervention, family members are able to discuss their part before the official intervention begins. A counsellor or interventionist can help prepare every participant in how to handle all potential outcomes of the intervention. This type of intervention often offers support to both the addicted person and the family members of that person.

A Crisis Intervention

Sometimes a crisis occurs in an addicted person’s life that makes it clear to them and everyone else that rehab is necessary. Rather than planning situations in which the addicted person has become a danger to himself or those around him can turn into impromptu interventions. The immediate objective will be to stabilize the situation and optimize safety. Often, a little tough love is needed in these situations in order to save a life. Rehabilitation can quickly follow.

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This type of intervention is based on “family systems” theory and treatment. When multiple people in a family struggle with an addiction, co-dependence or conflict, this approach can help treat both the addiction and the family bonds. Family members often continue beyond the initial session, and all family members are encouraged to participate in family counselling and coaching. The addicted person benefits from a changed family experience and greater motivation to recover once everyone gets needed support.

This type of intervention leads to better understanding and less tension between the family and the suffering addict. Someone with an addiction will ultimately benefit from continued involvement from family and friends.

The approach to family interventions is usually:

  • Addiction and Intervention Information.
  • Screening of family relationships, to reach a substantiated opinion of how the person with the addiction will cope.
  • Involve the family in (decisions on) the treatment and counselling.
  • Improving patient compliance and preventing relapse are among the possibilities and intensive response to the views and attitudes of the person suffering from the disease.
Family Intervention The Importance of Aftercare in Recovery from Addiction

The term ‘family intervention’ is an umbrella term for programs, projects, training methods, treatment and counselling forms, penalties etc.

It is an approach that Is intended for an audience that is characterized by the presence of one or more risks or problems.(addiction) It is guided by a theoretical and practical well-designed, targeted and systematic approach (a ‘method’).

Family interventions aim at the psychological, social, cognitive and physical development of addicts.

family intervention may be the only way to get an addict to face their addiction. When they know that they have the support of their family and friends, it can make the world of difference.

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