Is it Time for an Alcohol or Drug Abuse Intervention?

What to do When Intoxication is Always the Scapegoat

motivational-interviewingIf the thought of approaching someone about alcohol or drug use concerns makes you cringe, you’re not alone. Certain topics are more “loaded” than others, and substance abuse certainly is one of them.

However, expressing concern for a loved one doesn’t have to turn ugly thanks to an approach inspired by a philosophy called motivational interviewing (MI). Rather than blaming or reciting past harms, a motivational interviewing intervention is empowering and encourages understanding, acceptance, and accountability in others.

Motivational interviewing interventions have an amazing ability to shift a person’s perspective from that of a helpless victim to one of a capable problem solver. When delivered with sincerity and respect, motivational interviewing interventions can awaken and inspire self-efficacy in others,” says Dr. Michael Nagelbach, Ph.D. Psy.D., Psychology Training Director, Gateway Treatment Centers.

Once people accept their alcohol and/or drug use is causing problems, it’s up to them to decide whether or not to change. However, when people feel supported oftentimes they begin to believe in their ability to change. It can take weeks or months for a person to decide if professional drug treatment is best for them. When ready, Gateway Treatment Centers offer a free, confidential substance abuse consultation to learn about personalized treatment options.

In the meantime, be patient, supportive, and educate yourself about substance abuse. Visit RecoverGateway.org/Motivate for more information about motivating someone for treatment, including more tips for positive motivational interviewing interventions.

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