Tennessee Addiction Interventions: A Powerful Recovery Tool


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Tennessee Addiction Intervention

Nothing is more heartbreaking than discovering that a loved one is suffering from a problem with addiction or alcoholism, except when that loved one shows no interest in getting help for it.  Once an addiction issue has become known it is impossible to unknow it.  Family and friends of the addict or alcoholic become hypervigilant to the behaviors and activity of the sick person.  They watch as their loved one spirals further into their disease wishing they could do or say something to help.

Flippant comments and criticisms towards the addict or alcoholic only seem to make matters worse or create more distance.  The addict may try to hide their activities and become more reclusive or dishonest.  An opportunity to be helpful may be missed without proper tact and strategy.  In situations like these the idea of an addiction intervention becomes operative.

What is an Addiction Intervention?

A Tennessee addiction intervention is a premeditated and coordinated event requiring the collaboration of friends and family with the purpose of encouraging or convincing an addicted or alcoholic loved one to finally commit to and enter into an addiction treatment center.

How to conduct an Addiction Intervention?

Addiction Interventions can be performed either independently or with the aid and assistance of a professional interventionist. There are essentially four stages to the intervention process which require significant planning and coordination: who, what, where and when. 

Note: If an addiction intervention is to be conducted without the help of a professional interventionist it is ideal to appoint a person to coordinate the entire process.  This person would be responsible for identifying and contacting all the people who would add value to the intervention being a success and scheduling the intervention and setting up the subsequent addiction treatment center where the addict or alcoholic would go should the intervention be successful.

An Independent Addiction Intervention:

Who: It is important to make a decision of who will attend the addiction intervention.  Typically the group consists of close family and friends who the addict or alcoholic respects and could be positively influenced by.  Attendees may include coworkers, church members or other people from their social circle. 

What: Each person who attends the addiction intervention should prepare a short presentation to share during the intervention.  Their presentation should discuss how they feel about their loved one and their disease.  They might include things about how much better the addict’s or alcoholic’s life was prior to the substance abuse problem.  They might point out their social, physical and mental deterioration.  They may remind them of what they are capable of if they were to stop and what they are missing out on during their active substance abuse.

Where:  It is important to pick a comfortable place easily accessible to everyone who will be involved or perhaps a place that has meaning to the sufferer.

When: Pick a time when everyone will be able available to attend without any barriers.  Ensure that the person for whom the intervention will be performed is not notified as the element of surprise is important to the intervention being successful.  If the addict or alcoholic has time to think about the intervention prior to the event they will have time to develop reasons and excuses as to why now is not the right time. They may plea if they were just given another chance, they would surely stop this time.

Scheduling Addiction Treatment:

Since the final goal of the intervention process is for the addict or alcoholic to get into a Tennessee addiction treatment facility, giving Magnolia Ranch Recovery a call prior to the intervention is important.   We need details like the person’s name, date of birth and general medical history.  It is also imperative to have identified a means to pay for treatment which could be their insurance or a prearranged payment plan.  Should the person need to be detoxed we can admit them directly into our Genesis Medical Detox program.  If they can be admitted directly into rehab, then we would place them in our beautiful and accredited Magnolia Ranch Recovery addiction treatment program.  Once a person is approved for our programs we would coordinate their admission date to be the date of the intervention.  We would even have transportation set to pick them up for the time the intervention was to be completed.

Staging the Addiction Intervention:

Getting the loved one suffering from addiction to the predetermined place and at the right time may require some coercion but it is for their absolute betterment.  Once they arrive the coordinator typically explains what is happening and why everyone is there.  It is important to express loving concern. Each attendee should share their prepared presentation without hesitation.  Should the addict or alcoholic express resistance, calmly and lovingly request that they be patient and listen to what everyone has prepared to share with them.

Remember that the ultimate goal is for the addict or alcoholic to get help, so if there appears to be resistance loved ones may even go as far as to leverage their relationship expressing to set new boundaries if the addict or alcoholic does not seek treatment.

Entering into Tennessee Addiction Treatment:

If the intervention is a success and the person agrees to treatment, transportation will immediately escort them to either the detox or rehab program.  Treatment is typically 28 to 35 days depending on if detoxification is required.  All of the person’s underlying conditions that contributed to their using drugs or alcohol abuse will be identified and treated by licensed and compassionate professionals.

A Professional Interventionist:

With Magnolia Ranch Recovery’s Tennessee addiction intervention services one of our professional interventionists works closely with the family and loved ones of the addicted or alcoholic person through the planning process, scheduling, staging the intervention and finally coordination of treatment.  Our interventionists provide remote or direct support depending on the preferences of the family as well as transportation to treatment, as a sober transport, upon the success of an intervention. Lastly, our interventionist acts as a liaison and support between the family and the treatment team throughout the addiction treatment process. Professional intervention services from Magnolia Ranch Recovery are your best chance at a successful intervention and better future for your addicted loved one.

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Esra Ahmed - MS, NCC, LPC, MHSP

Experienced Clinical Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Anger Management, Healthcare, Medicine, EMDR, and Life Transitions. Strong healthcare services professional with a Masters Degree focused in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

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