5 Crisis Intervention Strategies and How they can Help

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crisis interventionUnfortunately, life isn’t always a cakewalk. It has a way of sneaking up on us and in a sense just pulling the rug out from under our feet. When this happens we can be left feeling traumatized, hopeless, alone and lost. This is especially true when it comes to alcohol addiction and drug addiction. And while we can’t avoid what life throws at us there is a way to help when things get rough with a crisis intervention.

Crises can have a mental, physical, and emotional repercussion on the person who is experiencing the crisis and the people around them; especially with alcoholism and addiction because they are both diseases that affect the entire family.

Through the following crisis intervention strategies though, something can be done differently. Help is available.

  1.  Whether it is a friend, a family member or colleague in need of support it is by understanding the addiction and alcoholism that can help. Our interventionists at Addiction Intervention Now will decide if the person you are trying to help is in current or direct danger and if so, the first step is always to guide that person to safety. But not all of the crises involve danger, so determining whether or not something has to be done immediately and going from there is the first step. Listening to the person is also imperative during a crisis intervention. Listening helps the interventionist determine what kind of help is needed and can put the person in crisis in a calmer state of mind.
  2. Interventionists during a crisis intervention of course will decide if the person in need of the crisis intervention is in immediate danger. If so, everything else gets put on hold until they are safe. Gauging the level of danger a friend or family member is in is crucial to understanding the level of stress. The goal is not just to make sure that the person is safe but also that they feel safe.
  3. Interventionists during a crisis intervention are there to provide emotional support. Often time’s addicts and alcoholics feel isolated and it is important for them to feel less isolated. One way interventionists provide support is by allowing the person to talk about their situation and any incidents that m,ay have occurred. The other is to help them process their addiction logically so that they can take steps to getting better, for instance going to treatment.
  4. One of the last steps during a crisis intervention is to help the addict oral alcoholic develop better coping skills and this is usually done by putting them in the correct kind of treatment for them where they will be provided with long-term support. It is important during a crisis intervention that the addict or alcoholic get help to not only take care of their physical and emotional health but also so they can:
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Find sense and meaning through spirituality or volunteering
  • Try something new like a yoga or meditation
  • Practice problem solving

A crisis intervention for addicts and alcoholics takes into account that the person will definitely need treatment and gets them to that point through the stpes mentioned above, such as understanding, listening, and logical processing.

5. Once treatment is a viable option the interventionist will not only help the addict and alcoholic come up with a plan to get better, but also to help you. The plan will consist of small steps everyone can take to make changes. Making a resolution to change is not actual change. While having a plan gives you hope it must also be stuck to. The interventionist will be there with you and your addicted loved one every step of the way to make sure you and your loved one are committed to the plan you have made.

If you or your loved one is in crisis and could benefit from a crisis intervention please don’t hesitate to call one of our many certified interventionists at Addiction Intervention NOW today! We can help you and your loved one find hope again. Just call  866-683-8833