What is RTI Response to Interventions?
When families plan an Intervention, a coordinated and loving confrontation with the addict, we advise them that the Response to Intervention may not be positive. As a Board-Registered Interventionist, and as a former addict, I encourage families to not become discouraged by the addict's initial responses. It is important to understand why the addict may respond in this manner.
Let's think about the frame of mind used by the addict. In order to continue doing what they are doing, they need a lot of defenses; if they were in their right mind, very little of what they do could be rationalized or justified. Their defenses include some rather potent ideas -- denial, justification, terminal uniqueness, a sense of exaggerated sovereignty, among others. Many of these ideas are creative and even colorful, but they are all designed for the exclusive goal of protecting the addiction at the expense of the addict.
There are generally two ways to cut through these defenses. The first is to do nothing and wait until the addict self-destructs. This is called "hitting rock bottom." This exact destination is not the same for each addict, but it does share some common traits. It usually includes losing everything that is valuable, permanently damaging the addict's closest relationships, and other similar consequences. However, for so many addicts, hitting rock bottom means death or institutionalization.
Also known as Response to Intervention RTI is a protective mechanism used by the addict to safeguard the thing that they need the most -- the feeling of connection they are getting from the drug, alcohol, food, or addictive behavior. For many addicts, the idea of being able to feel this kind of connection with people has become a foreign concept.
They may respond to Intervention by using their dialect of addiction. The emotions that fuel their addiction are anger, hurt, denial and hostility. These emotions are like the prison barriers; they are constructed solely to prevent contact with the healthy emotions that repair healthy brain circuits -- the same ones that we all use to feel compassion, love, curiosity and connection.
Response to Interventions
The addict's Response to Intervention RTI should be seen as a defense mechanism of the addiction. When we act as a group in the Intervention, we override the addiction's key barrier: Isolation of the addict. With strength in numbers, the addict's Response to Intervention will occur within a context of love.
As a Professional Interventionist, I am skilled at harnessing and using personal insights, the group energy of love, communication skills and other tools to break through the barriers that prevent the addict from becoming a member of their own Recovery team!
Response to Intervention Strategies
We work with families of addicts in several ways in order to provide flexible Response to Intervention Strategies. As a result, our programs have been adapted to accommodate different needs. Our success rate, around 90%, shows that the methods we use are based on experience, scientific evidence, and common sense.
We create an Intervention Team that has one goal: To recruit the addict as a team member. We consider a negative Response to Intervention in a similar way that rescuers might respond to the hostilities of captors who are holding your loved one hostage. We take the response seriously, but we do not cease our rescue efforts.
Sometimes the addict becomes identified with their addiction; however, sometimes hostages also identify with their captors! This is nothing new, but it does require skillful handling. We strongly recommend that the families of addicts take the situation seriously and reach out for our qualified and experienced help.
Response to Intervention Strategies
If the addict knew how their behavior was affecting you, they would not be in denial. To many addicts, it comes as a shock that their self-destructive behavior is hurting their family! Their Response to Intervention, RTI, may come as a surprise to the family as well. Just remember:
- Your loved one is a hostage to their addiction.
- At times, their response is that of their captor; we need to recognize who we are dealing with.
- An Intervention is a rescue operation; we need everyone on the team.
By conducting an assessment of the situation, the Interventionist can determine the course of action most likely to get the message through the barriers of addiction and to your loved one.
When they begin participating in their own Recovery, the rescue team must be prepared to provide the tools for them to make their escape from the prison of addiction. These tools are love, communication, skillful actions and words. This may sound dramatic, but it is actually an accurate description of this serious situation. Please consider the stakes, and ask yourself if you can really afford to do nothing.
Any step in the direction of Recovery is a change. The danger of addiction is serious, and we are here to help. We need the family to initiate the Recovery of their loved one, and the process can only begin when you contact us.