The role of the family is very important when it comes to addiction treatment. Openly discussing addiction as a topic or as an issue that requires attention can help a teen overcome denial that usually hides in an addiction. With the help of an interventionists or a family mediator, an adolescent can formally enter a program to help overcome their addiction.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) less than 1 percent of teens suffering from substance addiction receive help. Generally, experimentation with alcohol and drugs starts at an early age and not getting proper help at the right time means that the addiction stays in place for a number of years before professional help is sought.
Vigilant family members, who can openly talk about the addiction, give the teen the confidence to overcome their denial and encourage them to leave behind their troubling actions. They can guide the teen into a formal addiction treatment program that would enable them to not only combat their addiction, but also learn coping strategies and other life skills that would inspire them to live as productive members of the society.
A teen with alcohol or drug addiction becomes offensive and tends to overreact when faced with an idea they disagree with. Therefore, the presence of an expert may be beneficial for families while talking to their child regarding their addiction. An expert, in the form of an interventionist, can help the family learn more about addiction by answering their questions and addressing their doubts. They also help the family get counseling for their addiction-related problems.
Interventionists are people trained and certified in holding such talks. They help families in planning and executing helpful discussions. Some also serve as sober escorts, helping the patient get admitted to the treatment facility selected by the family. Sometimes a member of the family also serves as an interventionist. They make sure that every member of the family is heard during a talk. A family mediator ensures that during an intervention, all the needs and wants of the family are discussed and effectively tackled.
Taking part in an intervention is a serious matter, hence an interventionist is often required to undergo multiple study sessions and become certified. Different techniques like role play are practiced during such sessions. It helps an interventionist understand the ways in which an adolescent might react.
The role of an interventionists also requires the person to educate themselves upon addiction and how it may affect a teen and all aspects of their lives. This information can be used to make the teen aware of the consequences of their actions while talking to them and convincing them to seek treatment.
While some intervention approach encourages the patient to participate in educational sessions, some work on the “surprise” method. The intervention meetings usually take place when the teen is likely to be sober. Families often need to gather a group of people close to the patient to help in the intervention process. They might be siblings, cousins, grandparents, teachers or friends.
As an interventionist one must be patient, compassionate, and understanding to the process that calls for a lot of dedication. Once the process of an intervention starts, the goal is that it ends with the teen agreeing to go into treatment. When the teen agrees, the interventionist along with the loved one or family member can take them to admit into a facility. However, if the teen does not agree, then allow them time to think over what has been discussed so that they can make their decision after thinking over all pros and cons. Sometimes, it may take multiple interventions to get a teen into treatment which might prove to be time-consuming.
One must remember that patients might resort to several methods, such as crying or yelling, in order to avoid admittance. Though it can be hard and upsetting, getting help for the teen is important to a parent.
When the teen and their interventionist arrive at ADEONA Healthcare, our streamlined admission process ensures that the teen is admitted quickly and the treatment is started as soon as possible. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists administers a pre-admissions test that acts as a blueprint for designing an individualized treatment plan for the teen.
To learn more about how ADEONA Healthcare can help your teen overcome their addiction and any other underlying issues that may have led to it in the first place, call our 24×7 teen addiction treatment helpline (888) 997-3966 and speak with a member of our team. You can also chat online with a representative for further reference.