Types Of Interventions

2012
05.05

Types Of Interventions

There are different types of intervention used for various situations. The 5 most effective and widely used types of interventions are family, teen or student, workplace, emergency, and the Johnson Approach. The family intervention is the type wherein a family member comes to a decision to end and manage the addiction of a fellow family member. The said family member is the one who intervenes to break some form of addiction.

It is very beneficial in the case where a family member is very concerned with the welfare of the addict and that of the rest of the family. A teen or student intervention is the type wherein the addiction among the youth and teenagers is managed. This is the type that is commonly associated with the family intervention but this is specifically created for the youth and teenagers.

This is a little more challenging as managing addiction among the youngsters can be rocky, therefore the assistance of an interventionist is very much recommended. Interventions among teenagers can be tricky because there are times that the addicts are defiant, but with the help of a teenager-friendly approach, managing addiction among teenagers is doable.

The workplace intervention is the type of intervention wherein a colleague or an officemate of an addict decides to help the addict to stop his or her addiction. Interacting with the addict most of the time is a helpful way for the colleague to determine if his colleague is an addict or not. If the addict’s colleague sees their potential and very good capability to work, but the addiction minimizes his productivity, his fellow colleagues help each other in finding a way to stop his addiction and maximize his full potential as a person.

This kind of intervention is developed by colleagues and superiors alike to be able to help the addict cope with his or her addiction and at the same time not to lose his job as they value the productivity of the addict. On the other hand, the emergency type of intervention is done when a family member, partner or a loved one has jeopardized his or her own life and in that case an intervention should be done as quickly as possible to avoid any possible and more severe danger towards his or her life.

The gravity of the addiction and time are major factors in ending up with this kind of intervention. Lastly, the Johnson approach is the kind of intervention which is a tougher and more forceful method in managing an addiction. Among the different types of intervention stated, the Johnson approach is often the most powerful, the rest having a more diplomatic and tactful manner in controlling the addiction.

The list of the different types of interventions is a great way for the interventionist in classifying what kind of intervention is best suited to the addict. Given the addict’s history, background, severity of addiction, lifestyle and other factors, the different types of interventions can be effective ways for the concerned ones to determine how they can help on the addict’s recovery.

Identifying the kind of intervention needed for an addict is just the beginning. The tedious and challenging process of intervention can be tough but being prepared for said obstacles can help especially if the addict himself gets frustrated during the program. The addict and the ones concerned can be frustrated at times, but this is just a part of it. It is therefore essential to have an experienced interventionist at this point to fully understand the process and be able to get motivated to reach their goals, the addict’s and the interventionist as well- to break free from the chains of addiction.