Interventions Australia carries out the following services:
Addictions: Drug & Alcohol Interventions
For addictions to illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances such as prescription medication and over-the-counter medication.
Where specialised youth-focused strategies are required to engage young people in distress.
Where intervention is required to address dysfunctional and harmful family dynamics or parenting styles.
Where intervention is required to address the treatment needs of someone suffering debilitating depression.
Clinical Health Interventions
Where intervention is required to address the needs of someone in need of clinical treatment.
Crisis & Trauma Interventions
When assistance is required to defuse a crisis or to address the aftermaths of a trauma.
The range of interventions we offer are not suitable for situations that require emergency assistance from specialist mental health teams or law enforcement. Feel free to contact us however, if you have any questions or if you require support and assistance in dealing with suicidality , domestic violence or serious mental health issues such as psychosis, or behavioural issues such as aggression. We can help link you to appropriate specialist services in your area.
Why perform an intervention?
- When unhealthy relationship dynamics and drug and/or alcohol use spirals into dysfunction, families/friends and colleagues are often the first to experience confusion, frustration, helplessness and fear. If the problem remains untreated, things get worse. An intervention is often the first step taken to break the escalating cycle of despair and to prevent any further harm;
- Transparent, honest communication can be difficult to achieve at the best of times, but in a crisis, heightened emotions make it more difficult to communicate effectively. Structured interventions help to re-establish healthy communication and help provide direction. Interventions specialists also help provide support for loved ones; and
- Most importantly, structured interventions give hope for the future.
Alcohol & Drug Addictions
Alcohol dependence is a chronic condition requiring sustained intervention and treatment. Those who are dependent on alcohol experience:
- a craving for alcohol;
- a loss of control over their drinking;
- withdrawal symptoms when they are not drinking and
- an increased tolerance to alcohol so that they have to drink more to achieve the same effect.
Alcohol dependence is largely considered as a progressive condition characterised by a strong need to drink despite undeniable problems associated with continued use. Like substance abuse, dependence on alcohol is a serious health issue potentially leading to deteriorating functioning, problems relating to loved ones, and chronic health problems like cirrhosis of the liver. Families and friends are often adversely affected by the deteriorating functioning of an affected family member and if left untreated, alcoholism can ultimately lead to early mortality.
If you or someone you love, are unclear about the extent of their alcohol use, an on-line self-test using the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) tool developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is available to determine if a person’s alcohol consumption might be harmful. The test is available here.
Fortunately, there are a range of treatment options available including self help groups (link to 12 step fellowship), residential programmes and a wide range of counseling options.
A drug is any substance that can be used to bring about physical, physiological or psychological changes in the body. Generally drugs are classified in there major categories as follows:
- Depressants slow the functions of the central nervous system and affect concentration and coordination. Examples of depressants include legal substances such as alcohol or illicit ones such as cannabis, opiods (eg heroin, methadone) and GHB (gammahydroxy butarate).
- Stimulants speed up bodily functions and can induce euphoria, energy and alertness. Legal stimulants include caffeine, nicotine and ephedrine while illicit stimulants include amphetamines such as ‘ice’ or ‘speed’, cocaine and MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine or ‘ecstasy’).
- Hallucinogens distort perceptions of reality, the consequences of which can be difficult to predict. Hallucinogens include cannabis, ketamine, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), ‘magic mushrooms’ (psilocybin), mescaline (peyote) and PCP (phencyclidine).
While there are varying degrees of use of illicit drugs, problematic use arises when the harms associated with use begin to impact upon a user’s life. If regular drug use is beginning to place you, or someone you love, at risk of being at odds with the law; or if continued use is beginning to affect your general health, your moods, the quality of your work and your relationships with others, then quality of life will diminish and professional treatment and support may be necessary.