Since it is common knowledge by now that there are many consequences attached to an addiction, why does the addict persist? If they know about the emotional, mental, physical, legal, medical and social consequences, and still refuse to seek help, isn't it their own fault?
Recent medical knowledge has revealed that not everyone who takes drugs becomes an addict. We would not experience pleasure, joy, and curiosity about the world unless we had little chemicals running around in our blood. They are called endorphins, and we all have them. However, we do not all have equal access to them!
The only difference between the addict and the person who has tried drugs without forming a drug habit is their body's ability to distinguish an endorphin from, say, an opiate. Now, opiates can come in street drug form or in prescription form; I guarantee that your body does not care to know the difference between the two!
So, think about it. There are many forms of denial, but they all share a similarity. They all stem from the coping behaviors of a person who does not have access to their own endorphins. Nor do they have the ability to build these chemical bonds under their current living conditions. The result is called The Crisis.
A Crisis Intervention is the beginning of building the living conditions that make recovery probable. What do I mean by that?
Recovery is built upon everything that gives us access to our real endorphins: Curiosity, compassion, joy, creativity, love, nutrition, connection with others, etc. Doesn't it make sense that as we have more access to these beautiful and natural internal experiences that we will also depend less on external substitute addictions?
In the first paragraph, I mentioned the popular assumption about addicts, that they choose to be that way. In my Intervention Crisis Service, we teach that the addict is not responsible for the addiction until they have the opportunity to make a genuine choice. Conversely, when they do make their choice, they also take on all of the responsibilities of recovery, and we need to support that.
The Crisis Intervention as a Major Business Decision
It may seem odd to present the intervention as a major business decision; go with me on this one for a moment. This event could determine the relationship between the family and their addicted loved one for many years to come! It could even avert a major tragic disaster before it has the chance to happen.
Speaking of chances, the Professional Crisis Interventionist does not leave much to chance:
Consider the high stakes. What we need is good location, location, location.
- The first location is the physical structure where the Intervention Crisis occurs. A church may be appropriate for some families, but it may not work for everyone. We assess the family to determine the most conductive physical environment for the maximum-impact Crisis Intervention Service to occur.
- The second location is what I call "family preparation." The family receives gentle guidance on how to plan their prepared written statements to the addict. This second location is the internal environment of the family members during the preparation of their written statement.
- The third location occurs during the Crisis Intervention, and it happens within the addict. The addict is ultimately responsible for this critical third location; however, the Crisis Interventionist and the family must do our part to demonstrate, to the suffering addict, how inner responsibility behaves. At the same time, we are also aware that we cannot do the work for them. Regardless of how much we might want to, it would only further their sense of dependency to do so.
An unmanaged crisis can grow into an ugly, uncontrollable and sometimes dangerous event. Sometimes it leads to suicide or even homicide. The most important thing to remember about a crisis is:
It can be prevented from developing into these extreme later stages, which always end in tragedy.
The Crisis Moment is actually an opportunity to transform the energy of the addict and get them interested in participating in their own recovery. The only other option is the well-mapped road of addiction. Please remember that no one -- if and only if, they are in their Right Mind, would actually choose the road of addiction!
Crisis Intervention Service
There are three parts to a successful Crisis Intervention:
- The skill and insight of an experienced and qualified Crisis Interventionist.
- The thoughtful and compassionate participation of the family and friends.
- The willingness of the addict to join the support team on their own behalf.
No one can guarantee that all three of these parts will have 100% reliance 100% of the time. Fortunately, that is not the goal. The goal is to combine all of our strengths to transform our weaknesses. This is how we help each other; we all must recover from addiction.
Of course, the only way I can help you find out if a Crisis Intervention is the right path for you to take is to contact us. Then, we will be able to evaluate your exact situation, as well as your exact needs, and make a recommendation that best suits your situation.