A session about a part of a client’s recovery is often referred to as an intervention. This is not as dramatic as the word suggests.

brief intervention following assessment may be the next stage is we believe that a simple discussion with some advice and perhaps education will take our client safely forward.

The educational part is often explaining the science behind substance use treatment which will help to put a client’s sometimes overwhelming feelings into context: why we take risks when we know what the – often bad result will be when we are actively using or drinking; why we make certain decisions which lead us to drink or use again.

While there are some common behaviours found across the dependent community recognising that each person presents differently is key to the success of the programme. Your high risk situations are unique to you and must be treated accordingly.

If the assessment points to a deeper form of intervention being needed we may suggest you engage in a structured recovery programme. This involves between eight and fourteen sessions over a number of weeks. It will identify why and when you use alcohol or drugs and give you the skills to recognise, avoid or cope with these circumstances.

This is a psychosocial programme based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and education.

Interventions can provide you or relatives and friends the opportunity to present the facts around alcohol and substance abuse, to offer examples of how maladaptive behaviour can form and to make changes before the problem becomes significantly worse. Interventions can afford an opportunity to explain a course of action and provide detailed suggestion for a treatment plan based on the individual and his/her circumstances.

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