Alcoholics develop severe cravings and total dependency over a period of time and then they have a pride left which makes them obstinate in admitting their condition. By himself he will never consider stopping by himself (which he cannot do) nor will he consider going to a rehab.
People in the family, society, friends circle, coworkersat some stage or the other they do try to suggest to the alcoholic that he should do something about his condition to which the alcoholic will reply that since there is nothing is wrong with him what should be do? Family and friends and well meaning social workers are all interventionists since they intervene in a situation, i.e. the alcoholism, and try to effect a change in the status quo. These are interventionists and in quite a few cases their efforts are stonewalled by the alcoholic who is in no condition to look beyond and understand the underlying concern behind such urgings. These people use emotion rather than practical psychological and logical approaches to convince the alcoholic. This creates friction and widens the rift. The situation results in a deadlock. To resolve such situations a professional interventionist enters the picture. He is a master in dealing with obstinate alcoholics and convincing them to undergo treatments and lead a normal life.
His approach is based on certain techniques:
- Involve family members and friends in a joint strategy and approach to tackle the alcoholic in a group with each one playing a role, the combined effect of which will be to convince the alcoholic to take treatments.
- Convince the alcoholic that it is alcohol and resultant addiction that are the real enemies: his and his familys and he is not the enemy. As a matter of fact his family loves him and wants him fully fit and functional which is why they are making all these efforts. Then he is shown the dangers of alcohol and what he loses by continuing. Then he is shown what he can gain by stopping drinking and living life anew and that a rehab will enable him in this effort.
- Rehab is not painful or something to be ashamed of and that it is the gateway to a new life which is desirable and achievable.
- Remind him of responsibilities as a human and the liabilities of being an alcoholic
- Support is present and will always be
- There is nothing to be afraid of in living a normal life; he will be accepted and will regain his place in society.
- Give the alcoholic time to think by spreading out the sessions over a period of time
While this is going on, the interventionist will also make arrangements for treatments at a suitable rehab center.
Some interventionists will even go to the extent of giving support during rehab and after it so that the whole process goes on smoothly and there is a minimum of hiccups.