Cocaine Intervention

Often when someone is under the addictive powers of cocaine they are unable to make the proper decisions to quit this behavior and don’t understand the harmful effects of cocaine. Intervention is the act of interfering in the affairs of another person. Intervention often comes from the loved ones of the cocaine addict; those that know you best and care about your well being. Drug intervention is the process of stopping a chemically dependent person from continuing to use their drug of choice, despite negative consequences. It has also come to mean to motivate an individual to enter treatment who is currently unwilling to do so.

Models of Intervention

There are two concurrent and sometimes overlapping models of intervention. One (The Johnson Model) demands the breaking of an ingrained and seemingly impenetrable system of denial and the other (Motivational Interviewing) states that denial is inessential to the central issues.

The Johnson Model of Intervention
Vernon Johnson, founder of the Johnson Model of Intervention, based his work on the idea that forceful confrontation is necessary to penetrate the barriers and defenses of the denial system inherent in individuals with AOD problems. The interventionist may attempt to break through this denial system by dramatic, emotionally charged and dynamic means. The interventionist typically uses the family and peers that are close to the individual in a confrontational meeting to show the individual the damage they have caused and hopefully in the process illicit the realization that the person must take action before it is too late. It is this “raising of the bottom” concurrent with a belief that all people with alcohol and drug problems have a strong system of denial that marks the Johnson techniques and what is meant to be accomplished by its processes.

Often once a cocaine abuser is to the point of intervention they don’t have the insight to seek their own treatment. Victims of this addiction disease do not typically submit to treatment out of spontaneous insight. Typically, addicts come to their recognition scenes through a buildup of crises that crash through their almost impenetrable defense systems. They are forced to seek help or asked to seek help by an interventionist.

Motivational Interviewing
Later, after the Johnson Institute had long been the established authority on interventions, a more research-oriented approach came to be. William Miller and co-author Stephen Rollnick released their book, Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behavior in 1991 and set out to acknowledge that clients may not be readily open to such direct techniques favored by the Johnson school of intervention.

Miller and Rollnick had challenged the viewpoint that all alcohol and drug addiction clients had an inherent “system of denial” that was a major barrier to treatment. They proposed that confrontational techniques elicited a normal reaction of denial and labeled such as abnormal and symptomatic of a chemical dependency issue. Therefore, they set out the idea that it is the behavior of the counselor that is the preceding object to resistance and denial in the client.

What Miller and Rollnick instead proposed was a methodological approach that looked at stages of change in the client and in determining the specific desire or willingness of a client to change, thereby prescribing the counselors appropriate course of action. Where clients in the action stages would respond well to confrontation, those that are merely contemplating the idea that they have a problem, or are wholly unaware will react with resistance to any attempts to treat the addictive problem. The main point of motivational interviewing is that “client resistance is a therapist problem”; not a client problem. The point of view then is that professionals must change their behavior according to that of the client.

When is the Right Time for an Intervention?

This is perhaps the most often asked and the most often unanswered question that families and peers have when confronted by a loved one with an addiction problem. The best answer is as soon as a drug problem has been identified. Through consultation with a treatment professional or intervention specialist and within a relatively short period of time, you and the person interviewing you will know whether or not intervention is necessary. The truth is that most cases do not require a full intervention. Intervention can be a great asset to getting someone the help they desperately need, however done without the advisement of a treatment professional or intervention specialist can lead to resistance in the client.

If you or someone you know needs help with a cocaine addiction and requires cocaine rehabilitation treatment, we are here to help. Please call our toll free number. We are here to answer your questions on cocaine treatment and recovery, as well as intervention.

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