5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Interventionist

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional InterventionistXanax is Pfizer’s version of alprazolam, a prescription medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. This benzodiazepine-class drug is potentially addictive, and ongoing abuse can have negative consequences including the following:

  • Obsessive behavior that strains relationships and increases risk
  • Undesirable side effects such as memory lapses, slurred speech and vertigo
  • Long-term health issues like rapid heartbeat, hypertension and lung problems
  • Interactions and overdose that can cause a potentially lethal respiratory depression

According to the government’s 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report, alprazolam was present in nearly 155,000 medical emergencies in 2011, up 155% since 2004. To avoid such outcomes, friends and loved ones must often intervene to encourage Xanax addicts to get help. This event is called an intervention, and there are several reasons to hold such an event under the guidance of a professional interventionist.

1. Prepare the Participants

There are several key elements to an effective intervention, and a professional can make sure they are all in place. It starts with proper preparation, which includes the following:

  • Stage the intervention in a comfortable and non-threatening place
  • Choose a time when the addict is unlikely to be high already
  • Carefully select participants who will commit to effective intervention principles
  • Exclude people who enabled the abuse or have unrelated conflicts with the Xanax addict

The interventionist can also educate the participants on the fundamentals of addiction including the following:

Participants must understand that Xanax addiction is a health issue and neurobiological disease and not a failure of character or will power. Moreover interventionists can help with the final preparatory step, writing an effective intervention letter, which truly benefits from professional expertise.

2. Help Write Intervention Letters

Each participant is expected to write a letter that he or she will read to the addict during the intervention. As guided by the interventionist, an effective letter typically includes several key elements including the following:

  • Start the letter by clearly stating love and concern for the addict
  • Recount a situation in which the addict provided help or inspired pride
  • Explain how important these positive memories are to you
  • Acknowledge that addiction is a disease and not a character flaw
  • Recall firsthand events in which the addiction produced negative consequences
  • Describe how these instances hurt you and made you feel
  • Reaffirm your love and concern and ask the person to get addiction help

When preparing these letters, it is important practice reading them aloud, make sure the account is completely accurate and to avoid generalizations, condescending tones and blame.

3. Provide an Objective Voice

The participants have a history with the Xanax addict that can be used against him or her, but the interventionist comes into the situation with an objective voice. During the event the interventionist will direct the letter readings and handle other interactions including the following:

  • Speak for the group and respond to any questions or attacks
  • Ensure that none of the participants enables or justifies the Xanax abuse
  • Intercede if any participant gets off track or starts to create a problem
  • Provide information on mental health issues and personality disorders

On rare occasions, the interventionist may need to articulate a bottom line that dictates the consequences for rejecting addiction help. This might occur if the addict has a history of domestic violence, illegal activity, serious accidents, or putting children at risk. In these cases it can help to have the independent professional deliver the bottom line and explain the reasons for its use.

4. Monitor Emotions and Tone

An intervention is a confrontation, but that does not mean it has to be confrontational. Interventionists can help manage emotions in several ways including the following:

  • Encourage a positive tone so participants do not ignite an argument
  • Utilize professional expertise to monitor anxiety and agitation levels
  • Identify potential conflicts during the intervention and adapt as needed
  • Quickly and decisively respond to any emotional outbursts
  • Promote a measure of calm by personal example

Oftentimes the participants are just as likely to hurl accusations and verbal attacks as the Xanax addict, and it helps to have a professional experienced in handling such matters.

5. Explain Addiction Treatment

Lastly a professional interventionist can accurately describe what addiction treatment typically entails. He or she will likely provide printed materials and explain the many potential services including the following:

  • Tapered detox that gradually weans the Xanax from the system
  • Medical supervision to minimize withdrawal symptoms and health risks
  • Behavioral therapies that improve cognitive activity related to conduct
  • Counseling to identify internal and external triggers that motivate drug use
  • Diagnosis and integrated treatment for mental health and personality disorders
  • Holistic options to ease anxiety, insomnia and other lingering side effects
  • Group therapy to share experiences and build support with other patients

Interventionists can also educate participants on ways to support the addict when he or she returns from treatment. As highlighted in a 2012 Psychology Today article, intervention participants must often change their own behavior to assist in the recovery. Other ways to help include preparing the home for sober living, researching local support groups and providing accountability and support. As noted by the Mayo Clinic, all interventions should push for immediate admittance into a treatment program to avoid the risk of further denial, procrastination, or one last drug binge.

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