Sometimes, old ways are best. Definitely not always, but sometimes. This is as true for addiction intervention services as it is for anything else. There is a “received wisdom” for addiction intervention services that is sometimes very effective in helping a family in crisis. A good interventionist will know when to apply these traditional methods and when to avoid them.
We must avoid coarse generalizations when characterizing the traditional approach to addiction intervention services. They are often very subtle and adaptable to a wide variety of situations. Yet is reasonable to say that these approaches tend to be confrontational in nature. They involve a close up encounter between the family and an addicted member who has no knowledge of the intervention beforehand.
It is also important to remember that addiction intervention services are about more than just the intervention. They must also include a plan for what transpires afterward. This usually involves treatment options and firmer boundaries. So when we characterize addiction intervention services in this way, “traditional” sometimes refers to conventional treatment plans as well.
There have been a lot of changes to addiction intervention services over the past decade or two. Again, it’s important not to generalize, but they’re usually less confrontational and more solution oriented. And it’s not uncommon that the addicted family member is told about the intervention beforehand. It all depends on the specific needs of the family.
Many of the advances in addiction intervention services involve the treatment options available as follow up. These might include medication assisted treatments like Suboxone or Vivitrol. They also might include long term care options that do not require 12 step meetings. Although these progressive techniques are not always appropriate, they have served to refine addiction intervention services in positive ways. The best methods are those that attend to the family’s specific needs by combining traditional methods with more progressive ones.