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Is It Worth Joining An Intervention Program?

Sep 4, 2008
It can be difficult to pinpoint the right moment to seek intervention services, especially if the problem is ongoing. For you, the trouble is obvious but chances are your loved one is so deeply embedded in a pattern of irrational behavior and intense emotion that they're continually trying to justify their delinquent behavior.

Often, the afflicted can't see a way out and they require an intervention program to break bad habits, replacing them with positive coping skills instead. While your loved one's initial reaction might be shock mingled with anger, over time most people can't thank their friends and families enough for lending a helping hand at that pinnacle moment when it was literally, in their retrospective estimation; "do or die."

The most common type of intervention programs are for drug and alcohol abuse. It is nearly impossible for a chemically dependent person to step outside of his or her addiction and begin living a healthy life, without either hitting rock bottom or becoming far-removed from stress factors.

With the help of an intervention specialist and support from loved ones, alcohol and drug interventions can be seen as "a new beginning" and gives the individual the "excuse" he or she needs to break free from controlling substances.

The success rate of substance abuse interventions is said to be around 90%. The abusers will learn more about the pain they've inflicted on their loved ones through family counseling.

In a group setting, substance abusers can identify with others and understand that they are not alone, which will set the groundwork for self-esteem to grow. During one-on-one counseling sessions, the intervention plan is to identify obstacles to happiness, unearth the source of pain leading to the drug abuse or alcoholism, decide upon reasonable goals and develop healthy coping skills.

Another type of intervention program is for victims of violence. Each year, millions are impacted by domestic violence, with children carrying long-term scars that will manifest in various disorders, anxieties and maladies later in life. Intervention services offered by groups like the Center for the Vulnerable Child in Los Angeles offer medical and mental health services for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, or sexual assault.

Those who were abused, as well as those who have witnessed the abuse, may be treated. The Violence Intervention Program can assist with legal services, housing, transportation, mentoring, tutoring, foster care and psychotherapy.

When we think of intervention programs, we usually think of a person voluntarily choosing self-destructive behavior. However, there is another type of intervention program for infants with disabilities such as hearing loss, speech impairment, retardation or inhibited social skills.

An Early Intervention Program is essential for these babies and their parents. Otherwise, infants and toddlers will have no chance at having a normal life or development. The program includes family support, instructing parents how to manage their responsibilities and raise the child in a nurturing environment.

Additionally, parents are directed to community resources that will provide necessary support services. Health care and financial planning resources can also be facilitated. As a parent, don't feel you have to take this on alone!
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