Understanding drug and alcohol interventions…
People who have a family member or friend suffering from the disease of addiction often don’t know where to turn. They are hopeful that each crisis will pass and life will go on. However, they would know how to react if their loved one appeared to be suffering from a broken bone, an asthma attack, acute appendicitis, symptoms of diabetes, a heart attack, a stroke, maybe even a suspected eating disorder or depression.
It is not unusual for people to say they have never heard of arranging for an interventionist to conduct an intervention. It is true that many of us were exposed to the concept of conducting an intervention when we were introduced to the A&E series Intervention which ran from March 6, 2005 through July 18, 2013. But accepting that an intervention should be considered for our loved one often is very difficult. We panic, we freeze…again we don’t know where to turn.
Think about the total consequence of an intervention by law enforcement…
We read horrific news stories everyday about people driving under the influence and causing the death or injury of another and/or property damage. We see headlines that announce the arrest of people involved in drug rings. We watch news stories unfold about celebrities dying from drug overdoses or the complications of alcoholism. And without a doubt we can scan our local newspapers and regularly read about the death or arrest of someone resulting from drugs and addiction. And with each one of these incidents we might wonder what if someone had intervened?
This week we came across a news article in The Herald Bulletin Anderson, Indiana. The headline read: Most addicts won’t seek treatment – until police intervene. We hope you will take five minutes and read this article, it is specifically talking about methamphetamine abuse, but the observations offered Dr. Andrew Skinner medical director of the St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital which handles cases for substance abuse and mental health are valuable. Dr. Skinner and other counselors have found that few meth addicts will seek help on their own; therefore, more often than not “it’s an intervention by law enforcement or after spending time incarcerated.”
If you have never had a loved one arrested as a result of their disease of addiction, it might surprise you to learn a bit about financial and time consequences of an arrest. This past December the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC), in keeping with its goal to provide “objective and accurate insurance and safety information to the media and consumers on a daily basis,” posted an article The Cost of a DUI. Remember this article is only dealing with a simple DUI arrest, not a more complicated arrest dealing with death or bodily injury of an innocent victim. Sit down and read the article, then share it with your friends. Here is just a teaser:
“The potential costs of a DUI are staggering. From court costs, fines and attorneys’ fees, to traffic school, probation and higher insurance premiums, you can expect to pay $10,000 or more for the experience.”
What about the cost of an intervention with a certified interventionist?
Did you ever wonder what it cost to have an interventionist orchestrate an intervention? It is a good question.
If you reach out to an interventionist, he will determine if your loved one in fact needs an intervention or if they are already open to treatment. If an intervention is required prior to admission into addiction treatment, arrangements will be made. Most interventions range from $1000-$3000, depending on location and travel requirements (but may be more if there are special requirements).
If an intervention is deemed unnecessary then a suitable referral can be made according to the special treatment needs and modalities required by the loved one in need.
Take the first step…ask questions, seek advice. Recovery is possible.