A Crisis Intervention is well-described by its name. When an addict or alcoholic reaches the point in the course of her/her disease at which a decisive change must occur, those who care about that person must step in. At such a turning point, the individual in question either will move quickly toward healing, or quickly toward destruction.
When asubstance abuser engages in such self-destructive behavior, a situation arises which is no longer acceptable to those around him or her, a Sober Companion can help save that person’s life, and do much to improve the lives (and mental health) of those affected. A Sober Coach, often in concert with an interventionist or other mental heal professional, can help a family or other concerned and affected group to understand the scope of the problem and the likely results if no direct, affirmative action is taken.
Sober Champion personnel can participate in determining the best course of treatment for such individuals who must contend with painful issues or emotional disorders and who turn to drugs, alcohol, and other self-destructive behavior because of their inability to cope. Not every person who abuses alcohol and/or drugs is an alcoholic or an addict. Some of these people really are addicts, some really are alcoholics, but all of them need care and concern in order to get them out of crisis and into some form of healing.
A person in need of a crisis intervention may be threatening suicide or may be involved in dangerous and criminal behavior in which he/she never would engage without the dependency on drugs or alcohol. In some cases, addicts lose hope in life, while in others daily responsibilities begin to falter as the addiction worsens.
It is important to remember that, in most cases, their intention is not to become addicted. Quite often, a physical addiction to some substance can take hold without the affected person even realizing it. The substance is not the important thing: the crucial piece is the set of underlying causes and conditions.
For a person in crisis, however, it is impossible to address those areas until the primary dysfunction is addressed. A crisis intervention may be the only way to get through to them.
Before, during and after a crisis intervention, a Sober Coach will provide valuable insight not only to the addict, but to the family, as well.
We deal with people habituated not only to a particular substance or obsessive/compulsive behavior, but who also are “addicted”, as it were, to the toxic lifestyle, mindset and set of pathologies which go along with their obsession.
If your loved one is in crisis, reach out for help. If you feel a Sober Companion is not right for your case, keep searching for someone who can help right away.
Feel free to use our Resources page as a directory for information and a guide to other caring professionals who can help you deal with the crisis you face right now.