Learning How to Intervene
Depending on the severity of your loved one’s substance use, moderate interventions with a health professional can be more helpful than you or another family member stepping in.
- Brief Intervention: Lasting anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, a brief intervention occurs in a primary physician’s office where a professional alerts your loved one to the dangers they may face should they not stop.
- Motivational Interviewing: Also a brief consultation between your loved one and a professional, motivational interviewing identifies and helps eliminate the roadblocks that are preventing your loved one from stopping.
Learning Strategies with Industry Research
Research has suggested that traditional confrontational interventions, which place blame solely on the substance user, do not encourage them to stop. In contrast, more modern methods of intervention that include family involvement in therapy have a better track record.
For instance, in a clinical trial, the Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training (CRAFT) treatment method had a 74% success rate in engaging resistant loved ones into treatment. To better understand strategies that would help your loved one stop, it’s helpful for you and other family members to learn more about the basis of their addiction together.