Drug-addiction interventions are professionally-led meetings in which an individual with the brain disease of addiction is surrounded by loved ones who share with the individual how the disease of is affecting both the patient and the loved ones around him or her. Typically, the individual is brought to a family member’s home or other comfortable location on a pretense in order to increase the likelihood the individual will arrive. The intervention professional will then explain the reason for the meeting.
The intervention professional ideally is a Medical Doctor who is board certified in addiction medicine and accompanied by a licensed addiction therapist specialist (LMHC, LCSW, PhD, PsyD). Addiction is a life threating brain disease. In the hopefully soon to be very distant past and all too often present, these meetings are led by an “interventionist” who is a commissioned marketing sales representative for himself and a multitude of treatment centers. Sometimes an unlicensed “addiction professional” is placed in this role.
Addiction is a life threatening brain disease. All other life threatening brain diseases are attended to by medical doctors.
As more and more addiction medicine physician specialists are trained, with 10 years of post-graduate medical education, hopefully this important attempt to save the patient’s life will be led by the highest trained level patient care physician professional. While the individual may become angry, he or she may be persuaded to stay to hear letters that the gathered loved ones have written explaining the impact the individual’s brain disease has had on their lives. Intervention letters typically involve loved ones telling the individual that they are no longer willing to support the individual’s brain disease by providing a place to stay, money, or other means of support.
If the intervention is successful, the individual will accompany the professional to a drug treatment facility. However, if the individual refuses to accept treatment or attempts to leave, the professional will typically follow up with the individual, attempting to persuade him or her to seek treatment. Provided it is led by a trained professional, intervention can be a powerful method of encouraging the treatment of a person with a drug addiction.
Dr. William Leach maintains a private practice in Central Florida, where he offers a range of medical services, including treatment and therapy for all patients suffering with the brain disease of addiction.