What Are Crisis Interventions?

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With the quickly rising numbers behind the opioid epidemic currently plaguing the country, the need for crisis interventions will only rise, running parallel to the rising addiction numbers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the need for crisis interventions are currently one of the most popular forms of interventions across the country, mostly due to the predicament that long term substance abuse places people in. Crisis interventions are also the more popular option of intervention for addicts by police departments around the country, due to the instability of the situation and the effectiveness of the outcome. Most times, crisis interventions are one of the most effective forms of intervention for those with severe addiction issues, coupled during a time of great stress that can the drive the addiction issue further down a rabbit hole.

Typically, crisis interventions are specifically created and aimed at targeting certain individuals who are in a state of great stress during a crisis situation using the help of addiction specialists, professionally trained psychologists, and mental health professionals, in an attempt to lessen any long term physical and psychological damage left behind from both the situation and substance abuse disorders tied to it.

What To Look For?

Often times when individuals are suffering through some sort of crisis that will require the help of an outside force, it is vitally important to understand and thoroughly know what to look for. Due to the nature of a crisis that might be affecting different individuals, it will commonly affect everyone differently, especially when drugs and alcohol are put into the mix.

Another important factor to take into consideration when considering a crisis intervention, is the specific situation and crisis that the individual might be involved in. Because of the very nature that addiction has on people, those suffering might find themselves in an unstable and fractured crisis that might then pose a danger to both themselves and others around them.

Typically when looking for signs of someone undergoing a crisis and in need of an intervention, it is always advised to consult a specialist—such as a counselor or clinical psychologist. Usually these professionals are extensively trained in finding the clues and hints to know when a certain individual is undergoing a crisis, in addition to having the tools for effectively combating the issue.

Individuals going through a crisis will often times blame themselves for the situation they might find themselves in, sometimes even blaming those around them in a concentrated effort to avoid the reality of the problem.

According to SAMHSA, one of the most commonly reported attributes for someone going through a crisis is the person appearing in a state of constant confusion and disorientation. When these individuals are reported to suffer these symptoms, it is commonly co-opted with signs such as hypersensitivity, difficulty concentrating, and a feeling of impending doom among other surreal feelings.

On the more medical aspect of things, individuals suffering through a crisis will often have an increased and fastened heart rate, tremors, low appetite, nausea, shock, heavy sweating, and dizziness. Emotions are also another factor that commonly gets manipulated in with feelings of depression, apathy, anxiety, and panic disorders. According to SAMHSA, panic disorders of different kinds, are often the most commonly exhibited problems confronted by many undergoing great stress. One of the most heavily reported emotions however is anger, which emphasises the importance for the need of professionals whenever an intervention is to be conducted.

When To Act For A Crisis Intervention?

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Finding the opportune time to act when it comes to crisis interventions, is often times one of the most important factors in ensuring a safe and comfortable intervention process for the person in question and those around them. Another extremely important point to keep a mind on, is the immediate environment the crisis intervention is going to occur in. Typically most trained counselors thoroughly understand the need and importance for creating a safe environment for the individual who will undergo the crisis intervention due to the sea of emotions and other responses exhibited by those suffering.

It’s also extremely important to act on the situation as early as reasonably possible. During times of great stress, individuals suffering through them will often act irrationally and potentially cause themselves harm or damage, sometimes even death. To avoid long term complications, the earlier the problem is confronted and dealt with, the lower the likelihood for any long term damage to be left behind on the person suffering.

Recent studies have shown that the earlier an intervention is performed, the higher the likelihood for success and the lower the probability over it happening again. By acting earlier rather than later for someone suffering through a crisis, it avoids future occurrences because once someone is taught how to handle a crisis situation properly, this prepares them for other situations down the road, in addition to how to properly handle similar issues in a healthy and conducive manner.

The only person that knows when is the best time to act, are those around the person suffering. A counselor and mental health professional can help with the details of healing the person suffering, but for them to become aware of the problem, someone has to let them know it exists, and often times the individuals undergoing a crisis are unlikely to volunteer themselves.

Finding Support

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Due to the complexities behind a crisis of any kind, there are multiple variables and factors that can make the narrowing down of any specific problem relating to it, extremely difficult. Reports of previous crisis interventions show that due to the apparent chaos relating to the crisis at hand, along with drug and alcohol abuse, the specific source of the crisis can be difficult to figure out.

When looking for help and support for a crisis intervention, aside from making sure to contact a trained and professional counselor to oversee the entire process, is the assistance of a mental health professional. According to SAMHSA, having a mental health professional is considered essential for a safe and conducive environment to ensuring a successful intervention session.

There are thousands of different behavioral professionals and clinics around the country ready to assist those who need the help. Just because a crisis is difficult and ingrained sometimes in something traumatizing, doesn’t mean it’s not a common occurrence. Unfortunately these situations are all too common around the United States, and only projected to rise with the massive influx and rise of addiction rates in the previous decade.

Because of how difficult a crisis can be, many people undergoing a crisis often resort to drugs and alcohol to help them through it, only to learn later on that it in fact makes the situation worse. A crisis will often times tie in hectic emotions with substance abuse, that can make the dealing of the issue all the more difficult.

If you feel a loved one might be in need of a crisis intervention, it’s vitally important to act sooner than later to avoid any long term damages on the person suffering. At Recovery Hub, our addiction specialists are available 24/7 and ready to connect you to a trained crisis intervention specialist near you. Call Recovery Hub today at 1-888-220-4352.

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