Intervention is the act of becoming intentionally involved in a situation in order to improve or constrain it. In health matters, it can be an act carried out by one or more people to convince or compel others to obtain professional help for traumatic conditions, behaviour and substance use disorders, or similar crises. It also refers to the methods used by health practitioners, therapists and support groups to address such issues.
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Intervention to secure life
People with disorders sometimes refuse to go for treatment. If they persistently reject it, coercion may be necessary to prevent further demise. Intervention events can be arranged to achieve this. The most successful way is to assemble a group of concerned people known to the sufferer. The group then empathetically confronts the person and convinces him or her to go for treatment.
Intervention to protect families
Authorities often intervene in family units to protect weaker family members against abuse or neglect. They are usually focused on quick responses to secure physical safety, but tend to neglect rehabilitation and restoration of the family unit. Fortunately, private intervention resources can be effectively used to prevent this situation from developing, and to restore relationships.
The pace of effective treatment
The intense demands of modern life have led to increases in traumatic disorders, as well as behaviour and substance use disorders and syndromes. Concurrent with the escalation in demand, and with the aid of rapid advances in technology, new interventionist treatment modules are being developed at a faster rate than ever before to counteract and successfully resolve these challenges.
The elements of intervention
There are several types of health-related interventions. They can be divided into two basic elements, namely events to persuade a reluctant sufferer to go for treatment and methods to treat them, each with several sub-divisions:
The most prevalent events are:
Direct intervention: An orchestrated event during which a group of people meet someone to coerce the latter into accepting treatment for a disorder. The event can be planned and attended by partners, spouses, family members, trusted friends, employers, colleagues, and a trained therapist.
Codependent intervention: Aimed at people in a close relationship with someone who has an intemperate disorder. Codependents are negatively affected by the other person’s activities, but protect and enable them to continue with it. Often codependents have innate disorders, or acquire them over time, but are unaware of it and reluctant to go for treatment.
Judicial intervention: Courts can issue orders forcing individuals to submit to rehabilitation treatment if the person presents a threat to their own safety or the wellbeing of others. In most countries family members or qualified officials can apply for a court order even when the person is not on trial for crime.
The most prevalent treatment methods are:
Medical intervention: Treatment to cure physical injuries arising from disorders, and to prevent the withdrawal effects of toxic substances. Medical doctors and psychiatrists also prescribe medication for management of mental dysfunctions.
Therapeutic intervention: Treatment methods for psychological healing of behaviour and substance use disorders and other factors regulating emotions and responses. There are many techniques, ranging from time-proven programs to modern, progressive, integrated and individualised programs.
Mutual support groups: Voluntary community groups consisting of members with similar disorders, who educate and encourage each other. Some offer assistance with interventions. Many rehabilitation treatment centres, clinics and private health practitioners also stage group meetings.
Other methods: An entire industry, based on the promise of improved wellbeing, has developed. It offers self-improvement through participation in niche activities such as intellectual education, exercise, spiritual and meditation techniques, etc.
Take positive action
Recovery needs positive involvement and action. Therapists can assist with interventions and recovery plans for patients and families. If you do not know how to arrange an effective intervention, then phone us. We can provide advice and refer you to reliable sources for further assistance.
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