addiction-interventionWhen thinking about the idea of an intervention, the average person associates such an event with an individual struggling with substance abuse. More often than not, it is a family member of an individual caught in the midst of addiction that seeks an intervention. In addition to substance abuse, many of these individuals, whose families seek intervention, suffer from what are known as “Co-Occurring Disorders”. These disorders are other behavioral or mental health conditions that negatively impact the individual’s livelihood, but not to the extreme that substances have. The multitude of co-occurring disorders that affect these individuals include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and theoretically any other condition that is known in modern medicine. So, one may ask, what does this mean for my family and our loved one whose life and well-being is threatened by substance abuse every day? At Compassionate Interventions, we believe that the significance of these concepts are a vital aspect of the process of an intervention and the treatment of the family member who is in need of treatment. When we initially engage with a family, we perform a series of questions at length that serve to allow us a broader perspective of what the concerns are for the family member in crisis and, furthermore, what their needs might be in moving forward with the process of determine a good fit for treatment. For instance, an individual with severe anxiety in social settings may experience greater success in a treatment facility with a fewer number of clients, than might another individual who thrives in settings of much social interaction. Similarly, an individual whose recovery may be harmed by distractions and attractions involving the opposite gender would likely be better suited in a gender specific setting than a coed facility. Despite these conditions playing a role in our suggestions for treatment options, we, at Compassionate Interventions, use our educated judgement to determine if perhaps the substance abuse is not the condition of most concern. In example, a family may be concerned with the substance abuse presenting in their loved one, but fail to recognize the severity of an eating disorder or suicidality, hypothetically. In a case such as this, there may be little that can be done to begin finding long-term solutions for the individual’s substance abuse if this other condition is not first addressed. That is not to say that continued substance abuse will be permitted, but an individual might be better served if they first went to a psychiatric hospital for stabilization before entering a residential substance abuse treatment center. Above all else, our immediate and direct concern, if warranted, is for the safety of the life of individual of concern in any given family unit. We are not to imply that substance abuse is the primary condition in all who suffer from it because, as with the aforementioned examples, substance abuse may instead be the co-occurring disorder, to a more threatening condition. In any case, we use our experience, our insight, and our education to determine what the most effective plan of intervention and treatment may be for any family or individual that may be in need. Although most of our work is with individuals struggling with drugs and/or alcohol use and abuse, the team at Compassionate Interventions continues to train, prepare for, and acknowledge any and all conditions present when moving forward with a family in the process of an intervention. Although all families we cross paths with have unique stories and unique paths to their own solutions, our goal is to help those in pain and suffering to find lasting reprieve and healing for generations to come.substance-abuse-intervention