To intervene means ‘to come between.’ Drug addicts will fight hard not to be parted from their drug of choice. They have become physically and emotionally dependent upon it. An interventionist, however, is not trying to deprive Tennessee addicts of something; she is trying to give addicts back things they have been missing: peace, self-esteem, life, and happiness, for a start.
Some methods of intervention are led by physicians. For instance, it is important for an addict to fully cleanse his body of the drug which is wreaking havoc on his sense of reality.
A cleanse is another word for detoxification, that intense period during which a toxin such as cocaine, heroin, or alcohol leaves the body completely. During medical detox, a client will be supervised at all times to prevent any major medical dramas from occurring.
Fatalities have been known to occur during unsupervised detoxification. Also, the behavior of a patient during this time can be unpredictable and disturbing. Health professionals will help the client get through this period without allowing him to cause harm to others or to his own body.
Another area of intervention is counseling. Often, the terms ‘counselor’ and ‘interventionist’ are interchangeable. They refer to the individual or team seeking to find the reason an individual succumbed to addiction, such as abuse in childhood, divorce, the loss of a child, physical pain, or low self-esteem.
Intervention can involve one-to-one sessions, group and peer support, and family counseling. Intervention of the psychological kind can only take place after detoxification has been successfully completed. A person’s mind has to be clear. Otherwise, the drug might be speaking instead of the client.
One approach growing in popularity, especially with teens and in dual diagnosis situations, is alternative therapy. This could involve art, music, or horses. Mainstream counseling might not work for these individuals, but an animal or a musical score could get right to his heart. Acupuncture and massage are also offered at rehab centers where just a handful of high-paying clients receive exclusive care.
Intervention can take place in a rehab center. It might be part of residential care lasting a month or more. If a situation is not considered severe, or the addict has progressed enough following residential treatment, Tennessee outpatient options also work.
Clients would visit public centers for families, drug addicts, mental health conditions, or hospital outpatient clinics located in major cities for regular checkups and discussions with counselors. This part of the recovery process is important. Addiction can take hold after a single experience with crack or heroin. Recovery, however, might involve years of hard work.