A Collaborative Intervention is a professionally-directed process designed to help an individual recognize the negative effects their substance use has on themselves and others, and present them with an opportunity to receive help and make changes.
When a person is actively misusing substances they are often in denial and ambivalent about their situation and may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. A Collaborative Intervention helps the person make the connection between their problematic use of alcohol and/or drugs and the problems in their life.
A Collaborative Intervention is appropriate when:
- The situation does not warrant immediate action regarding health or safety
- There is a lack of clarity about the exact nature of a situation
- An individual is still connected to, and in frequent communication with family, friends, and/or their employer
The goal of a Collaborative Intervention is to present the substance user with a safe and structured opportunity to receive help p and to make changes before things get worse.
Get them into treatment.
How Collaborative Interventions work
I prefer to avoid surprise interventions (except for extreme emergencies) and typically meet with family members, friends, and/or employers for as long as needed beforehand, gathering as much information as possible.
For the best client outcomes I keep intervention gatherings small, often just meeting with the individual and one concerned family member, friend, or employer.
My role is to work with the client and their support network to create a treatment plan and support them through each stage of recovery. This may include finding the most appropriate treatment facility, providing transportation to and from treatment, and aftercare support for both the client and family.
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For anyone affected by someone else’s substance use, I recommend reading the book Beyond Addiction.