News & Views - Dec,
1994 Issue #31
INTERVENTION: REALITY ORIENTATION
by: CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR ASSOCIATES
Roy & Marlene Kupkowski
Headed by President Marlene, a Certified Chemical Dependency Nurse, and Director Roy, a
Certified Addiction Counselor, this business provides local and national intervention (including Mental Health Escort Services), Alcohol
and Drug Counseling, Chemical Dependency Evaluations, DUI Evaluations, Employee Assistance Program Consultations, Family Assistance
Program, and Drug Screening. The following was prepared for their brochure which describes their Intervention philosophy.
"Until fairly recently, the idea of attempting to persuade an addicted person to reach out for help was
held with little or no regard. The medical profession's attitude was that a dependent person could not be helped until he or she was
ready and willing. Alcoholics Anonymous provides a Twelve Step program to reach out to the still suffering alcoholic, but primarily
in a passive manner.
"The advent of Dr. Vernon Johnson's book I'LL QUIT TOMORROW advocated the pro- active approach
to confronting the addicted person with love and concern. Dr. Johnson's success in intervention work, and the success of students
of his technique have shown that a chemically dependent person can be helped and recover before reaching their 'natural' bottom.
"The basic concept behind intervention is that as a person's disease progresses, the effect of the mind-altering
chemicals involved distorts the patient's perception of reality and the severity of his or her own disease. It would seem ludicrous
to expect that a person under the influence could independently assess his or her own condition, determine treatment needs, and follow
a course of recovery.
"Hitting a 'natural' bottom often causes the person to reach out for help simply because of the sheer
magnitude of the events involved. Loss of marriage, employment, finances, physical health, mental health, and serious legal problems
often constitute the bottom. The danger involved is that these losses can often be absolute.
"The process of intervention involves gathering concerned friends and relatives, educating them in the
process, and then presenting this information in a loving, yet firm, manner. Presented properly, the person involved may correctly
assess his or her situation and accept this opportunity for treatment. In the event the patient is still unwilling or unable to accept
help, those involved describe the potential consequences of the decision. Misguided and inappropriate interventions can have devastating
effects on all involved, and destroy an opportunity for reversal of a deadly disease.
"Intervention is always successful to some degree regardless of the immediate outcome. The process educates
the codependents, enables the patient to experience the love and concern of those involved, and provides the patient with knowledge
about treatment and hope for recovery. Intervention by caring friends and relatives is usually successful. Negative outcomes can be
prevented by proper education and training. Statistics from various sources nationally indicate an 80 percent success rate when professional
intervention therapists guide concerned codependents through this often frightening process.
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