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Crisis Intervention

Drug and alcohol abuse often produces devastating situations that call for immediate intervention.

What is Crisis Intervention?

Crisis intervention can be thought of as “emergency intervention” whenever a person’s drug or alcohol use is creating significant hardships. The goal behind crisis intervention is to get the addict to seek treatment before his or her habit becomes life threatening. Crisis intervention should only be performed by a qualified specialist who can guide an individual’s reactions to help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

Crisis intervention can provide short-term relief in order to help an individual better deal with stressful circumstances or stop performing destructive behavior. It is most effective when people are abusing drugs or alcohol, but have not yet become addicted to them.

Signs Crisis Intervention Could be Needed

Crisis intervention could be needed if there has recently been:

  • An overdose
  • Serious neglect of dependents
  • Trouble with law enforcement
  • Thoughts or attempts of suicide
  • A major life event that might escalate drug or alcohol use, for example, a job loss, the death of a loved one, or the end of a significant relationship

Steps in the Crisis Intervention Process

Each crisis intervention program is customized to the individual patient, and may include one or more of the following components:

  • Education to help a person learn new ways of dealing with trauma and everyday stress
  • Developing coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills so the affected individual can better express anger or guilt
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), which involves discussing a distressing event in a structured, small-group setting
  • Creating a solid structure to provide a community of support that can help a person better deal with negative emotions

Benefits of Crisis Intervention

The biggest benefit to crisis intervention is that it prevents tedious situations from escalating into more serious ones. Effective crisis intervention encourages people to seek help while there are as many treatment options available as possible, making it more likely that their efforts will be successful. It also alleviates a great deal of the stress felt by friends and family members, who may realize that a loved one needs help but feel powerless to provide it.

How North Coast Recovery Can Help

North Coast Recovery is an outpatient treatment rehab center in the Pacific Northwest serving the Portland Metro Area, Hillsboro, Beaverton and surrounding areas in Oregon as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon. Contact us for more information and to learn how North Coast Recovery can help you or a family member.

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