What is the definition of an Alcohol Intervention?
A alcohol intervention describes the situation where an individual having a drinking problem is treated, using professional intervention techniques. A professional interventionist is privately retained by families or friends to facilitate a group intervention meetings.
At CanAm Interventions we provided Bay Area interventions and Vancouver interventions. Our consultants have extensive experience facilitating alcohol Interventions. It is very important for loved ones to become educated on alcoholism and gain an understanding of the effects of an untreated alcohol-addicted person.
The definition of Disorder of Alcoholism from the Mayo Clinic states that alcoholism includes an inability to control drinking despite health and social consequences, preoccupation with alcohol, physical dependence on alcohol, and denial of drinking. Symptoms include five or more drinks daily for a man or four for a woman, the need to start each day with a drink to feel guilty over drinking. Treatment may involve Intervention, individual or group counseling, an outpatient program, or a residential inpatient stay in a rehabilitation center.
People who are addicted to alcohol can have long-term stable jobs, have healthy-looking families and can appear to “have it all together”.
Other examples of Alcoholics include stay-at-home moms having a glass of wine to deal with the stressors of being a mother, wife, and/or caregiver. Another type of Alcoholic is someone that is a hardworking person working a 9-to-5 daily job, providing financial support for their families.
An alcoholic does not have to end up on skid row and lose everything.
The progression of Alcoholism leads to the loss of control, inability to stop drinking alcohol and the need to drink alcohol in spite of the people they hurt, in order to continue to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
The Consequences of Alcohol Abuse can include:
• Losing jobs
• School interruptions
• Broken relationships or divorces
• Involvement in the criminal justice system
• Hospital visits, admission to psychiatric wards, and/or death
• The physical outcomes of alcohol abuse include liver disease, memory loss, cancer, brain damage, and loss of life.
• Alcoholism is a silent killer! Alcoholism is painful to watch, as a loved one is killing themselves, but recovery is possible.