Best Time to Go to Rehab: Some Signs to Know

Coming to terms with a substance abuse problem isn’t easy. There is still a great deal of stigma associated with addiction, and this fact alone often keeps people from reaching out to their families, friends, employers or doctors when they suspect they have a problem. But that’s not all that stands in the way.

The nature of addiction itself presents challenges. Denial is a huge factor and a powerful defense mechanism. Denial may have you believing you have things under control, that you’re not the one with the problem, or that you can quit any time—you just don’t want to.

Speaking of control, this is another issue that can keep people in the vicious cycle of substance abuse for far too long. Our society places a high value on control and independence. Admitting you have an issue with substance abuse, admitting you can’t stop, and admitting you need help is tough to do in a “do-it-yourself” world of people who don’t easily admit when they don’t have everything under control.

Deciding to Get Professional Help

You’ve been struggling for a while, and you’re tired. Oftentimes, it’s not one single, earth-shaking event that leads someone to want to quit using; it’s just the day-in-and-day-out chaos that becomes so exhausting, and you just want it to stop. Perhaps you’re tired of hiding your problem or tired of feeling trapped by your addiction. Whatever the case, you’re ready to get some help.

You may feel hesitant to take that step, though, and wonder if it’s really necessary. Do you really need to go to drug rehab? Maybe you should wait? You may have some fears around getting help or have some anxiety about committing to going to treatment.

It’s understandable that you may have some reluctance. A lot of it is simply fear of the unknown. You may not know what to expect from rehab, and you may have some misinformation.

How Do You Know Rehab Is What You Need?

Whether your problem is alcohol or other drugs, it isn’t always clear when it’s the best time to go to rehab. You may still feel that you can control the problem or quit on your own. It’s often when a person tries to quit and finds they can’t seem to do it that they realize they have a problem. Here are other signs that professional addiction treatment may be the way to go:

  • You’ve developed a tolerance or a physical dependence on a substance.
  • You have abandoned other activities that you used to enjoy because using substances is your primary interest.
  • You are experiencing problems at work or school, such as poor attendance or performance or job loss.
  • Friends and family have come to you with concerns about your drinking or using.
  • You are experiencing financial troubles related to your drinking or using. You find that you need to borrow money, you aren’t paying bills on time, etc.
  • You are engaging in unsafe or risky behavior.
  • You feel a need to keep your drinking or substance use a secret.
  • Substance abuse is interfering with your ability to spend time with your family or handle your responsibilities.
  • You are experiencing health problems as a result of substance abuse.
  • You’ve run into legal issues, such as a DUI or possession.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of red flags, but these arecommon signs that you have a problem that should be addressed immediately. Each person may experience the consequences of addiction differently. One common factor is guilt and shame. Most people find they feel badly about their substance abuse. If you find that you don’t feel good about your activities, if you find that you are behaving in ways that are out of character for you, that using is impacting your relationships, or that you are feeling depressed or anxious, it’s a good idea to talk to someone.

When Is It the Best Time to Go to Rehab?

The best time to go to rehab is right now. It’s an easy thing to put off. You can likely find plenty of reasons why you should go “later on.” You may have concerns about job or family responsibilities. You may be concerned about what other people think, or you might just be scared.

The reason right now is the best time togo to rehab is simple: It’s only going to get worse. Addiction is a progressive disease. However bad things may be right now, they can and will get a great deal worse.

If you’ve had an epiphany and realized you need some help,  you must seize that and pick up the phone. Denial may have you rethinking your decision. Talk to people. Talk to your doctor, your family, or trusted friends. Call a rehab, find out if you have insurance coverage that will pay for you to go to treatment. If you are employed, find out what their policies are on employee leave for rehab, many will allow you to take time off to get help without risking your job.

If you do have to leave your job to go to treatment, it’s important to realize that going to treatment can save your life and that eventually, addiction will take everything from you—including your job. And, if as things progress and the consequences pile up, you may find it difficult to find another job later on. It’s best to take the leap of faith and get help right now. Don’t let thesedrug rehab recovery myths deter you from your decision.

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Drug & Alcohol Interventions. What Drug Addiction Treatment Specialists Think

The drug addiction treatment specialists at Serenity at Summit treatment centers in NJ, PA and MA weigh in on the effectiveness of drug interventions.

Addiction doesn’t only affect the person suffering from the disorder. It affects the problem drinker or drug taker’s family and friends in a major way. It’s often difficult to get the person in active addiction to see that they need help for their substance abuse problem, no matter how many times a loved one says it. Many times, the substance abusers are in denial about their drug or alcohol use or they minimize it, so they don’t believe that they need treatment. Other times, it is fear that keeps them from seeking help, offer the drug addiction treatment specialists at Summit Behavioral Health.

If your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may have considered taking action through a formal intervention to get your loved one to accept help. This option provides your loved one with a choice to change his or her life before suffering more negative consequences.

This post will look at the pros and cons of drug and alcohol interventions as outlined by Summit’s drug addiction treatment specialists and then you can make your own decision whether it’s right for your loved one.

What Is an Intervention?

Interventions are thoughtfully planned out processes that are typically done by a chemically dependent person’s family and friends, in consultation with a doctor, addiction therapist, or an interventionist. Sometimes others are present including coworkers, clergy, or those who are close to and care about the person who is addicted.

The intervention involves these people gathering together in an effort to confront the addict about the consequences of addiction and make an offer of drug or alcohol treatment. Each person attending tells the person suffering from addiction how his or her addictive behaviors are destructive and how they impact those around them. A prearranged offer of treatment is extended to the drug or alcohol addicted person and then each person explains what they will do if the addicted person refuses to accept the offer of treatment. The hope is that they will see how his or her addiction is causing negative consequences, that they will not have the support of their loved ones if they continue to use and that going into drug addiction treatment is really their only good choice.

What Happens During an Intervention?

Usually, an intervention follows these steps:

  1. A loved one usually initiates the intervention and gathers a group of people who care about the addicted person to form a planning group. It is a good idea for the groups to have a professional, neutral third-party to help organize the intervention – a psychologist, interventionist, or addiction specialist.
  2. Collect information. The group members discuss the substance abuser’s situation, the extent of his or her addiction and negative consequences, and research possible treatment options. At this point, the group may make arrangements to enroll the addicted person into a treatment program.
  3. Form the team. The planning group decides on who will participate in the intervention. A date is set for the intervention and the members work on how they will present the message to their loved one.
  4. Determine consequences. Each person on the intervention team has to decide what the consequences will be should the person with the addiction problem refuse treatment. For example, they will no longer be welcome in their homes, or they will no longer give the addicted person any money.
  5. Decide what to say. Each team member decides specifically what he or she will say to their loved one about how his or her addiction has negatively affected both the addict and the family member or friend. Team members may write letters to the person in active addiction or speak from notes, but preparation is essential.
  6. Hold the intervention. The addicted individual is asked to the intervention meeting site without having the reason revealed. The team then takes turns expressing their feelings and concerns, reading their letters or notes. Then the chemically dependent person is presented with a choice to go to the prearranged treatment program on the spot. The team members present the consequences they will face should he or she refuse treatment.
  7. Follow through. This step involves the person suffering from addiction going to treatment or the team members will follow through on their consequences. The hope is that the substance abuser will go to treatment, and that the family members will take an active role in his or her recovery, often seeking help for themselves as well.

The success of an intervention requires that the whole intervention process is carefully planned and executed. The message to the addict shouldn’t be confrontational otherwise it could worsen the situation.

Do Interventions Work?

There isn’t a lot of information available on the effectiveness of interventions due to the fact that effectiveness isn’t easily defined. Addicts are more likely to accept treatment when they are presented with an intervention than to seek it out themselves, but interventions don’t affect the overall outcome of addiction treatment. The drug dependent person has to be committed to getting and staying sober rather than just caving to the pressure applied in an intervention in order to attain long-term recovery.

Interventions are best used as a last resort for people suffering from drug disorders who have consistently refused to go to treatment or who continually relapses when they try to stay clean. When people with addiction problems who are deeply into their substance abuse have strong support and access to treatment, they are more likely to accept and benefit from the help they receive.

Risks Associated with Interventions

Staging an intervention, even if it is unsuccessful, doesn’t pose a psychological risk to the addicted individual or make their addiction worse. The risk is a disruption or disturbance in the relationships between the addict and loved ones. If the sufferer who is in active addiction refuses treatment, the intervention team must be prepared to follow through on the consequences they have named. This may be very difficult for those family members who have a history of enabling their family member.

Making Interventions More Effective

Using an interventionist or other drug addiction professional to guide you through the intervention process is very helpful. They can act as a mediator if things get off track during the intervention, defuse tense moments, and improve the possibility of success. The following steps are also helpful when intervening with your loved one:

  • Try to schedule the intervention at a time when the person who is in active drug/alcohol addiction will be the least stressed. If they are distracted, it will be hard for him or her to hear what is being said.
  • Don’t use shame or guilt during the intervention. Talk about how drug addiction has caused the problems and behaviors and has harmed the addict’s loved ones. Make a distinction between the sufferer and his addiction.
  • Be specific, but concise. Offer very specific ways that their addiction has affected you, but don’t ramble on – that can be overwhelming. Have what you plan to say written down so you stay on track.
  • Have a treatment plan ready. The goal is to get them to go to alcohol or drug treatment immediately following the intervention. This point is crucial because you don’t want to allow any time for them to change his or her mind.
  • Follow through with consequences. This may be hard, but it is the only way to help the drug abuser. Make sure that he or she knows that your help is available as long as he or she is getting help and staying clean, but that you will not help him or her continue with their active addiction.

For additional reading on this topic please go to, Is an Intervention Right For Your Loved One?

Interventions are emotionally exhausting for everyone involved, but they are often the only thing that can get the person with the substance abuse disorder to treatment. Whether interventions work or not depends on the willingness of the individual suffering from substance abuse and the support of the family. To learn more about interventions reach out to the drug addiction treatment specialists at Serenity at Summit.

Fraternity Members Unaffected By Alcohol Intervention Programs, Study Suggests

College Frat Members Alcohol Intervention Programs - Summit Behavioral HealthA recent study suggests that members of a college fraternity who drink to excess are unlikely to change their behavior, even in light of evidence-based methods of curbing alcohol abuse. Even interventions with high efficacy have little effect on frat brothers, according to the study, published in the journal Health Psychology in May.

The findings were surprising, said Lori Scott-Sheldon, associate professor at Brown University Medical School and senior scientist at Miriam Hospital, who was the lead author. She noted that since these types of interventions work well in the general student population, she thought the same would apply to Greek letter organizations. In an organization that endorses alcohol use, this may be harder, she said in a recent interview with NBC News.

Alcohol Consumption And Fraternity Life On College Campuses

Fraternities are notorious for promoting an atmosphere of heavy alcohol consumption. Poor decisions made due to intoxication frequently make headlines on campus papers, but recent studies suggest something even more alarming: The glorification of these practices makes traditional interventions challenging.

Considering the success of films such as “Neighbors,” “Old School” and “Animal House,” society seems to give a pass to the alcohol-driven antics of college boys, which may be one of the reasons interventions seem ineffective within this specific demographic.

Examining Alcohol Interventions Programs In Greek Life

Scott-Sheldon and her team of researchers sought to discover if interventions conducted over the course of 25 years had proven effective at curbing alcohol use among Greek letter organizations. The group conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies using 21 different intervention methods, covering a total of 6,026 participants. Eighteen percent of these were women, who were excluded from final results.

Alcohol Interventions Positively Affect College - Summit Behavioral HealthScott-Sheldon’s team found no significant difference between fraternity members who received intervention treatment and those who did not. In fact, alcohol use increased after some interventions.

The studies her team reviewed used varied measures, such as:

  • Alcohol consumption each week or month
  • Frequency of heavy drinking episodes
  • Number of drinking days
  • Other problems related to consumption.

Alcohol use is more or less of a rite of passage among college students in the United States, but even more so in fraternities and sororities. Members of Greek systems tend to drink more alcohol, and in higher quantities, than the general college population.

They also report more adverse consequences from drinking than others do. Similar meta-analyses of a general college population suggest that interventions are helpful in curbing alcohol use, so Scott-Sheldon’s findings were unexpected.

The Brown University professor said in a press release by the American Psychological Association that she expected giving Greek members, particularly fraternity brothers, access to thoughtfully designed interventions would reduce overall consumption. She said she also assumed interventions would cut down the number of binge-drinking episodes.

Instead, the opposite seems to be true. Changing patterns in behavior among this population could prove harder than that of the general student population, because Greek life often considers alcohol use – and how well it is tolerated – a central part of its social mores.

Alcohol And Fraternities: Framing The Problem

College Frat Members At Risk Alcohol Related Incidents - SBHFraternities and sororities are designed to develop leadership skills, foster friendships and provide opportunities for community service.

Over the years, rituals, cloaked in secrecy, have grown in these organizations. Hazing as well as dangerous alcohol abuse are often rites of passage in the initiation process, leading vulnerable individuals into harm’s way.

Consider the story of Nicholas Holt, 18, who was a freshman at Stony Brook University when members of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta, delivered him to a local emergency room. Tests revealed that he had copious amounts of alcohol in his system. After a five-day fight for his life, he died, leaving a community reeling. Unfortunately, Holt’s story isn’t uncommon.

How Greek Life Encourages Dangerous Alcohol Consumption

Members of fraternity houses are more likely to boast of frequent drinking, consume more per drinking episode, and experience more adverse consequences than the general student population is.

Each year, Greek letter organizations make national headlines for serious incidents that often involve alcohol, such as:

  • Deaths
  • Hospitalizations from alcohol poisoning
  • Disseminating hateful content on social media
  • Rape

Concerns about student safety have led to sanctions by national chapters, yet nothing seems to curb alcohol use behind fraternity house doors.

Researchers have traced alcohol misuse and abuse among Greek letter organizations to several determinants. First is the self-selection of students into groups who share their values. In other words, students who misuse alcohol are more likely to align themselves with peer groups who act in kind.

Second, socialization plays a role. Pledges are encouraged to drink and eventually rewarded, increasing the likelihood that they’ll adopt abusive behaviors to gain approval. Third, Greek housing provides an enabling environment in which members are drawn to drink alcohol.

Additionally, fraternity brothers more likely to misconstrue social norms associated with alcohol use, meaning they drink more when they perceive their peers to be drinking and if they feel approval when they are drinking. Finally, fraternity brothers experience more positive alcohol expectancies, like better social skills.

Which Interventions Exist To Curb Alcohol Use?

Which Interventions Show Any Success Curbing Alcohol Abuse - SBHSome current evidence-based interventions appear effective in curbing alcohol use in the general college population. Interventions vary in scope, but among students, they tend to produce “strong and enduring reductions in alcohol use.”

Successful interventions provide:

  • Personalized feedback about risks and problems associated with alcohol consumption, as well as levels of consumption
  • Moderation strategies
  • Goal-setting opportunities

Older narrative reviews of the literature surrounding the Greek population are mixed. Some researchers have found that alcohol interventions are not efficacious among fraternity brothers, while others have maintained that they can be successful in curbing drinking when the social approval of drinking is minimized.

In light of a lack of recent meta-analyses, Scott-Sheldon and her research team sought to update the narrative and provide a more comprehensive view of interventions within this population.

Conducting The Meta-Analysis Of Alcohol Intervention Studies

Scott-Sheldon and her team hypothesized that, based on previous research:

  • The efficacy of interventions in Greek housing would be moderated by population subgroup (e.g., fraternity or sorority), residential environment (in Greek housing or otherwise), and intervention level (individual or chapter). Specifically, they thought that interventions delivered to chapter houses vs. individuals would be effective in reducing alcohol use and other alcohol-related problems. They made this prediction based on the higher incidence of drinking in these environments, leaving more room for improvement.
  • Prior alcohol use will affect intervention efficacy. For example, students who report more baseline alcohol use will benefit more from intervention. Previous studies suggest that heavy drinkers benefit more from current intervention styles.
  • Interventions that included personalized feedback about alcohol consumption and challenged established alcohol expectancies would prove more effective in reducing overall alcohol consumption, compared to interventions that did not include these strategies.
  • Multifaceted interventions (i.e., those with goal setting and moderation strategies) and those of longer duration would prove more successful, as compared to than those using a single alcohol-reduction strategy.

Eligibility And Search Criteria

Scott-Sheldon deemed studies eligible for inclusion if they:

  • Addressed an individual- or group-level intervention aimed at curbing alcohol use.
  • Used fraternity or sorority members as population samples.
  • Utilized a randomized control style OR a quasi-experimental design, provided that it included a comparison condition. Single group designs were included if they included a pre- and post-test measure.
  • Measured outcomes related to alcohol (such as number of drinks per week or month, adverse consequences related to drinking, etc.).
  • Were available via electronic and print journals, interlibrary loan, or directly through the author as of December 2014.

The authors excluded studies that focused on campus-wide efforts (structural level) or those that addressed combined abuse (alcohol and tobacco, or alcohol and other illicit substances).

Scott-Sheldon searched for studies using electronic databases (PubMed, PsycINFO, ProQuest, CINAHL, ERIC), databases of funded research (NIH, ClinicalTrials.gov), and the reference sections of relevant articles. Out of the 345 studies returned, the authors deemed 15 suitable for inclusion, based on their outlined criteria.

Examining The Surprising Results

The 15 studies examined were published between 1987 and 2014. Population samples were recruited from large public universities across the U.S., and 18 percent of the 8,299 total study participants were women. Most participants (89 percent) were white and had an average age of 20 years. Studies retained an average of 73% of the original population sample at follow-up.

Most of the studies rooted their interventions in behavior change theories (such as the social norms theory). Interventions were most often delivered in a single session, though the range was from one to 28 sessions. They used a combination of strategies:

  • Alcohol education (86%)
  • Moderation strategies (52%)
  • Addressing high-risk situations, such as parties (46%)
  • Correcting misperceived norms (38%)
  • Skills training (24%)
  • Addressing alcohol expectancies or motivation (19%)

Interventions were most often delivered at a sample level, meaning they were generalized to the group rather than tailored to an individual recipient.

Productive And Counterproductive Measures

Scott-Sheldon’s meta-analysis revealed that relative to the control condition, Greek life members who participated in these interventions drank no less and did not report fewer alcohol-related problems. However, it appeared that providing these interventions consistently did have a modest effect on reducing drinking over time.

Analysis also revealed that some measures were actually counterproductive. For example, highlighting situational risk factors seemed to increase drinking incidence. This may be explained by the fact members of the Greek system are more likely to see alcohol as a means to achieve their sexual and social goals.

What Does This Mean For The Future Of College Alcohol Intervention Programs?

Best Way To Curb Alcohol Abuse On Campus - Summit Behavioral HealthToday’s intervention tactics seem unsuccessful in curbing the drinking habits of fraternity members. Scott-Sheldon and her team posit two intervention strategies to reduce drinking on campus:

  • Increasing the number of interventions that address alcohol expectancies, and
  • Conducting briefer interventions.

The authors also suggested that including Greek leaders in the intervention development process may also prove fruitful. The Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors seems ready to accept the challenge.

Changing The Culture Of Greek Drinking

In an interview with NBC News, Mark Koepsell, the association’s executive director and CEO, explained that successfully changing the Greek culture requires a systemic approach. He called for a robust infrastructure that would support Greek populations, moving beyond program-focused measures and building a system of support within the college campus itself.

Some campuses are leading the charge in creating interventions that are for and by the populations they aim to help. The University of Pennsylvania has developed an alcohol policy committee that features members of local sororities and fraternities. Since the institution implemented the committee, it has not experienced the same magnitude of serious problems, according to Dr. Charles O’Brien, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for the Studies of Addiction at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Changing Alcohol Expectancies

College Students Alcohol Social Skills Popularity - Summit Behavioral HealthThis isn’t the first study that Scott-Sheldon has done that supports the notion of changing alcohol expectancies among college students. In 2012, her research found that challenging a student’s beliefs about the rewards of drinking can actually reduce 1) overall consumption of alcohol and 2) the frequency of binge-drinking episodes.

Scott-Sheldon said those findings reinforced the notion that drinking habits can be influenced by what people expect to happen when they imbibe alcohol. If, for example, a student believes that drinking will give him or her more courage or make them more likeable, he or she will be more likely to heavily drink based on that expectation.

If, Scott-Sheldon continued, campus staff can convince students that these positive effects of alcohol are based on their expectations, not actually as a result of consumption, they can reduce the number of binge-drinking episodes as well as overall consumption. The number of accidents and other negative consequences associated with underage alcohol consumption could decrease as well.

What Can Change For Fraternities And Alcohol Use?

Researchers need to conduct more-detailed analyses of current intervention techniques and discover ways to change alcohol expectancies within the fraternity population. Alcohol plays a central role in the development of social mores for Greek letter organizations, which isn’t the case for most other demographics. Therefore, interventions will have to address the culture of Greek life itself.

The future of alcohol-related interventions is not hopeless, contrary to what the study seems to purport. Scott-Sheldon suggested that researchers will simply have to develop new interventions specifically tailored to this distinct population.

Encouraging organizational change through member participation and involvement of key stakeholders will continue to be integral to the success of future intervention programs. Colleges should also look to programs such as the University of Pennsylvania’s and follow its example to form their own campus and Greek house interventions.

Is An Intervention Right For Your Loved One?

Is An Intervention Right For Your Loved OneMany people try to sweep under the rug their loved one’s drug or alcohol problem. Hoping that the problem will just go away on its own, it may seem easier to live in a state of denial.

Yet, the problem of addiction doesn’t just disappear. In most cases, it only gets worse, leading to increasing problems both for the addict and for everyone around him or her.

Because of the escalation of addiction, it’s often necessary to address the problem head-on. Sometimes, only a conversation is necessary to propel the individual to seek treatment. Yet, in many cases, the addict will resist getting help and more steps are needed to address the problem. For some, it might be time for an intervention.

What Is An Intervention?

An intervention is a process to confront a person in a non-threatening way to enable them to see their own self-destructive behavior and how it is affecting all those involved. Most often, it involves loved ones and friends who are prepared to talk with the person who needs help. The objective of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to listen to the facts and opinions shared and to accept help.

Before you launch into this process, it’s well worth reading 5 things to consider before an intervention here.

During an intervention, family and friends, often in consultation with a doctor or licensed addiction counselor, will gather together to confront the individual. The discussion will include examples of destructive behaviors and the impact these behaviors have had. As well, there will be an offer to guide the person to prearranged treatment, along with the ramifications if he or she refuses to accept the treatment.

Getting Help From An Addiction Specialist

Addiction is a complex problem that affects individuals in dramatically different ways. Getting professional help can help you conduct an effective intervention and to determine the best treatment options. In some cases, it can even be beneficial to have the specialist present for the intervention. This is particularly true if the person has a history of mental illness, violence, or suicidal behavior.

Is It Time For Help?

Alcohol and drug problems get worse over time. By shedding light on the problem and bringing it out into the open, it’s a step in the right direction of getting your loved one the help they need.


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5 Things To Consider Before An Intervention

If someone you love is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, an intervention can be helpful to bring the problem to the forefront to get your loved one to admit that he or she needs treatment. The worst thing you can do in this situation is wait and hope that your loved one will make a choice to change on his or her own. The addiction will always win out in those circumstances, and you don’t want that to happen.

Staging an intervention can help your loved one get help and avoid tragic consequences, but you must consider a few things before setting up an intervention.

What Is An Intervention?

An intervention is a particular type of conversation that family members and close friends have with a loved one about his or her drug and/or alcohol use. Its goal is to persuade the person to accept treatment in a supportive, loving manner.

What To Consider Before An Intervention

Here are five things to consider before an intervention:

1. Who Should Be Involved In The Intervention

The participants at the intervention should have a close relationship with the person you want to get into a treatment program. Do include the people who have been enabling the addict; he or she needs to hear that this behavior will stop if treatment is not accepted. If a participant is not prepared to state his or her bottom lines and stick to them if your loved one does not agree to seek treatment, do not invite them.

2. Where And When To Hold The Intervention

Choose a location that is private, safe and comfortable, and that is large enough to accommodate the entire group. Determine where everyone will sit in advance, including the person you are concerned about; making sure that he/she will be the most comfortable.

3. Write Intervention Letters In Advance

Be careful about the language used in the letters. This is not the place to get angry at or blame your loved one for his or her addiction. Use “I” statements to talk about how the addiction makes you feel, such as “I worry about you because [include a specific situation]”, not “you” statements, which, even though are natural, are more blaming.

4. Have A Treatment Center Ready To Take Your Loved One

Have everything in place so that your loved one can leave immediately from the intervention and go directly into treatment. Have a bag packed and ready to go. As soon as he or she agrees, the intervention is over, and the person you are concerned about is on his or her way to getting help.

5. Think About Your Bottom Line If Your Loved One Won’t Go For Treatment

What have you been doing to enable your loved one’s drug or alcohol use? What are you prepared to do to stop this behavior? Be prepared to tell your loved one – and stick to it, if necessary.

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Holidays & New Year – A Good Time To Plan A Family Intervention

For those families affected by addiction, the end-of-the-year holiday celebrations are marred by having to make some difficult choices. They may be wondering whether they should bar the addict completely from being involved in family activities or run the risk of seeing yet another family occasion ruined by that person’s behavior. Rather than waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop, staging a family intervention confronts the issue head-on and gives the family the freedom to enjoy their celebration.

An intervention is a controlled meeting with the addict and close family members and friends. Its purpose is to help the addict get into a treatment program. The participants describe how the addiction has affected their lives and set out the consequences if the addict does not accept help. In effect, they are drawing a line under offering any more help that will allow the addict to continue in this lifestyle.

Planning An Intervention Over The Holidays

Some families may be reluctant to consider family intervention services during the holiday season. If they have concerns that the intervention might “ruin” their celebration, spending the holidays on pins and needles wondering what might happen if their addicted relative is included in celebrations is not a workable solution either.

The addiction is not going to get better by ignoring it. The family is giving their loved one the gift of getting well by offering him or her the opportunity to go to treatment. It’s a loving gesture that is in keeping with the spirit of a new beginning and a new year.

It’s entirely possible for an addicted person to fall through the cracks and get ignored in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. During that time, his or her substance abuse issue may worsen. Bringing the issue to the surface and dealing with it by holding a family intervention means that worrying about him or her will end. Don’t be concerned about whether it’s a “good time” for the addict; take control of the situation and get your loved one into treatment.

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How Do You Know When It’s Time For An Intervention?

Addiction can damage the lives of the addict as well as those around them. Drug and alcohol abuse can tear families apart and leave lives in ruins.

If your loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, you may be wondering how you can help. In many cases, talking to the person may not yield the results you hope for. This is because many people struggling with addiction live in a state of denial about the extent of their addiction. An early intervention can be key in helping your addicted loved one.

You may have heard about interventions and how they can be successful in getting people to admit they need help. An intervention is a staged gathering with friends and family in an attempt to convince the addict to get the help they need.

When planning your intervention, you may want to have a doctor or interventionist present to help guide the process, have personal, non-attacking letters to your loved one, a plan of action for treatment and an ultimatum should your loved one reject the offer of getting help. Being prepared for the intervention is important in getting the person to see how much their addiction is affecting themselves and those around them.

Signs For When It’s Time For An Intervention

The following are top signs to know when it’s time for an intervention.

Health Effects

Addiction can cause serious health risks to the individual who is addicted. If you have noticed a decline in your loved one’s health, it is time to stage an intervention. Many people who suffer from drug and alcohol abuse live in denial about the affects of their addiction. While they may suffer from a variety of health conditions they may never admit that these issues are cause by their substance abuse. During the intervention, you can address their health issues and how recovery can help them heal.

Effects On The Family And Finances

When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, those around them are always negatively affected. Children living in a home with an addicted parent often suffer from abuse, neglect, or feelings of guilt and anger. Marriages are often ended due to one party being addicted to drugs and alcohol. The financial burden from addiction can also take a great toll on the family.

Legal Trouble

Many people do not realize the extent of their addiction until they are arrested for a DUI or possession charges. If your loved one has faced charges for drug or alcohol related offenses, it is time to get them into an addiction treatment program. Many people who struggle with addiction fail to put the blame on their substance abuse. Staging and intervention will allow you to gather all of their friends and family members and be open and honest (yet non-attacking) about your feelings. This may be just the push your loved one needs to finally get the needed treatment.

Having An Intervention Plan In Place

Before you organize the intervention meeting it is important that you have a plan in place. You will need to know exactly what problems you want to address and practice saying them without anger in your voice. Raising your voice and being accusatory toward the person suffering with addiction will only serve to push them further away. You may wish to have an interventionist present in case the situation was to get out of hand.

Have a plan of action (an ultimatum) if your loved one refuses treatment and be prepared to stick with it. Have a treatment plan in place so that they may be admitted immediately after the intervention, if they agree.


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How Do You Make An Intervention Work?

Are you concerned about a loved one who has a substance abuse issue? The family is often the first to notice signs of substance abuse but because the path to addiction is a process, it can be difficult to put the pieces together all at once. No one ever anticipates having an addict in the family and the realization can stir up a number of emotions in family members, including anger, guilt and shame. You may know that your loved one needs to get into a treatment program, but not be sure how to get him or her to take that all-important step to get help. At that point, it’s time to consider holding an intervention…and we can help you.

What Is An Intervention?

How Do You Make An Intervention Work - Summit Behavioral HealthAn intervention is a process which is conducted in a controlled manner. The addicted loved one is confronted in a non-threatening manner and allowed to see how his or her self-destructive behavior is affecting family members and friends. In most cases, several people participate at the intervention and they take time to prepare themselves in advance. Friends and family members read letters that share how the addict’s actions have affected them and asking their family member to accept the help being offered and go to treatment.

Disease Of Addiction

Part of the disease of addiction is the inability to appreciate how his or her actions affect others. Feeding the disease becomes the main focus of an addict’s life. A professional interventionist from Summit Behavioral Health can help you and your family prepare for and follow through with the intervention.

Getting Your Loved One Into Treatment

Our interventionist will point out that an intervention can work, but that families need to explain in a loving manner that while they will do anything they can to help their loved one to get well, they will no longer support him or her in the addiction. This includes providing money, a place to crash, food, or other things that the addict has come to expect over time. The addict always has a choice of whether to accept the help being offered or not, but he or she will have to accept the consequences of the choice.

Part of planning an intervention for substance abuse is to have a treatment plan for your loved one already in place so that he or she can start the process of getting well right away. Summit Behavioral Health offers medically supervised drug and alcohol detoxification and outpatient addiction treatment programs.

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When Is The Right Time To Set Up An Intervention?

When Is The Right Time To Set Up An Intervention - SummitHelpsAn intervention is not meant to be a way to punish or humiliate a loved one who is struggling with an addiction. Intervening recognizes that people who are caught up in the disease of addiction are not able to stop on their own. It’s a way to get a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol to take responsibility for their actions instead of allowing friends and family members to continue to do things for them that they should do for themselves.

Waiting To Hit “Rock Bottom”

Many times, people wait until their loved one hits “rock bottom”, as the addict may be more amenable to seeking help. The problem with this way of thinking is that the longer the addiction is allowed to continue, the worse the problem gets.

No family is ever entirely prepared to deal with a loved one who has a substance abuse issue. The entire situation is foreign, and it stirs up all kinds of negative emotions, including anger, guilt and shame.

At Summit Behavioral Health, we deal with families from all backgrounds, and we know that addiction happens to people from all economic groups, cultures, and religious faiths. It is not an issue that only happens to “other people.” Addiction is a disease and a health issue, and waiting to hit rock bottom isn’t the safest or best answer.

Bring The “Bottom Up”

The right time to set up an intervention for drug and alcohol abuse is now. As a family, you can decide to bring the “bottom up” and face the issue together to get your loved one the help he or she needs. When you work with a professional interventionist, you are taking a stand to say that you will no longer stand by to watch your loved one continue to destroy their lives.

Stopping Enabling Behavior And Seeking Professional Addiction Treatment

Any enabling behaviors that you were participating in will stop. Your loved one will have the choice to get help for his or her addiction issue, and this will be presented in a loving, supportive manner.

Up to that point, the addict has been in control of the situation. Through the process of the intervention, that control is taken away. The meeting takes place in a neutral location and everyone is given a chance to share their thoughts and concerns with the guidance of a professional interventionist.

If you would like to find out more about setting up an intervention for your loved one, please call us now. Help is available 24/7!

When Is An Intervention Needed?

Ideally, addicted individuals will choose a path of recovery on their own accord. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Much of the time, it is friends and family members who first notice the dangers and behaviors of addiction. The levels of self deception and denial run deep.

Interventions become necessary when it becomes clear that a loved one cannot be motivated to seek help on their own.

This is often due to a couple factors:

  • The addicted person does not see the perilous predicament they have placed themselves in. They do not comprehend the dangerous road they are traveling.
  • Family has lost credibility in the eyes of the addicted person. Loved ones have made multiple attempts to establish boundaries with little-to-no positive effect.

Over time, addicts become skilled at the art of manipulation and the removal of these boundaries. Often, loved ones will simply concede in an effort to avoid confrontation or discomfort.

Are You An Enabler?

When Is An Intervention Needed | Set Up An InterventionIn order to help your addicted loved on, you must first determine whether or not you are contributing to the problem at hand. It’s not uncommon to find friends and family members who would rather minimize a problem than address it hands on. Loved ones who find themselves acting as a cover (making excuses, calling into work, etc.) for the addict are only enabling the actions.

Working With An Interventionist

Addicts must be able to view and understand the consequences of their actions before willingly seeking treatment. Making the decision to utilize one of our professional Summit Behavioral Health interventionists to guide you through the process is the first step in helping the addict successfully obtain the treatment they require.

Interventions are extremely helpful in getting addicts to realize the extent of their issues. They also provide individuals with an understanding of the hurt caused to their friends and family members.

An intervention is an event in which a group of close friends and family members are able to openly express their love and concerns to the addict in a way that is positive, loving and safe.

During the intervention, each member of the concerned party will take turns reading pre-written letters to the addict; expressing their love, concern and desire for them to accept treatment. As some addicts may become defensive and hostile, it is the interventionist’s duty to act as mediator to ensure that everyone is able to communicate in an effective manner.

Set Up An Intervention

If you have questions or concerns, Summit Behavioral Health is the place to turn. Pick up the phone today and let our team of interventionists help your family back on track toward the healthy, happy lifestyle you’ve been missing.