Alcohol Intervention in Indiana
Every year, about 208 people die from drunk driving in the state of Indiana. 10 percent of these reported fatalities involve minors. In 2014, a total of 872,184 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (resposibility.org). Such statistics are alarming and is an absolute cause for concern. Sometimes, however, when a person’s alcoholic addiction reaches a certain point or severity, the only option left for recovery is seeking professional help.
While it is indeed possible to decrease the amount of alcohol a person consumes over time without the need for interventions, few have the resources and mindset to do so. Furthermore, side effects of spontaneous abstaining from alcohol can be serious and even fatal, given the right circumstances. Getting professional help for your loved one is the safest long-term solution.
How does an alcohol intervention work? In a nutshell, interventions confront the person with how his/her drinking affects everyone else around. Family, friends, colleagues, and employers are the most common participants during interventions. By telling the person face to face, family and friends are able to voice out their bottled up concerns about their loved one and hence give the person in trouble a different and fresh perspective of the problem.
It is not that simple though, as the wrong body language and dialogue could only lead to tension between the loved one and his/her family or friends. The session must be carefully planned and designed by a specialist who is experienced and skilled in such procedures. Keep in mind though, that interventions only aim to convince the person to seek medical treatment and rehabilitation. It does not actually cure the addiction. Nonetheless, it plays a key role in the entire recovery process since its success affects the latter phases.
Does the procedure work? It does not always work for every case since different variables are in action, such as family dynamics and intensity of the addiction. But, at Intervention Services we do have over a 90% success rate. When the person does realize that his/her family members and friends are all gathering together to discuss his/her problems, there is a greater chance of realizing the need to stop the dangerous lifestyle and switch to a healthier one.
What is great about alcohol interventions is that it does not force the person to undergo rehabilitation, which improves his/her participation during the actual treatment. The intervention loosens him/her up and removes the “alcoholic” attitude that may serve as a barrier when the treatment is given.
- 2014 Impaired Driving Fatalities - 205
- 2014 total for driving under influence - 14,878
- 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use
- Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
- Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption
Interventions do help the person address that his/her addiction is causing problems, however this is the easy part. The hardest part is to teach the family about addiction and how come together. This usually helps with a longer lasting results. Once a person comes home from rehab Then What?. The family went back to their routine and so will the addict. But if the family changes so will the addict.