If you’re in a big city like New York City, you have access to many forms of treatment for addictions. In fact, the big apple features some of the nation’s top alcohol and drug rehab centers, if you’re looking for it. Most of the times though, an individual struggling with an addiction will not look for help, including coordinating their own intervention with an intervention specialist. Rather it is the family members and/or loved ones that are so concerned about the person’s addiction and mental health behaviors that they will seek out help from a professional to stage an intervention. 

Some of the drugs that someone can be addicted to comprise of:

  • Alcohol 
  • Club Drugs (i.e. GHB, LSD, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, MDMA—Ecstasy/Molly, Rohypnol) 
  • Cocaine 
  • Heroin
  • OxyContin
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Vicodin
  •  Methadone
  •  Percocet
  •  Lortab 
  •  Fentanyl Patch 
  • Steroids 
  • Prescription Drugs and Cold Medicines 
  • Synthetic cathinones (also known as “bath salts”) 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there was over 81,200 drug overdose deaths from June 2019 to May 2020. While the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) claims approximately 12% of State residents age 12 and older has a substance use disorder (addiction or abuse) annually. Statewide, over 1.9 million New Yorkers (1.77 million adults and 156,000 youth ages 12-17) have a substance abuse problem.

An intervention can help redirect the addict, by getting him or her into a treatment program before things worsen. International addiction and mental health treatment consulting and referral resource company Connections in Recovery (CiR) in New York City provides expert drug addiction interventions and alcohol interventions. Since its launch in 2011, Connections in Recovery has focused on client advocacy and care and has been a vital resource servicing the recovery and mental health community across the country, helping over 1500 clients and families. 

CiR’s mission then, and now, is to help connect families and individuals struggling with addiction and mental health disorders with the best providers, professionals, recovery companions and treatment resources to support long-term positive outcomes. Our compassionate and innovative staff has coordinated care and assistance to hundreds of people struggling—inspiring individuals and families to face life’s challenges and achieve greater personal and economic independence. 

If you want to find out more about Interventions, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence listed some helpful information below: 

What is an intervention? 

Intervention is a professionally directed, education process resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs. People who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. Intervention helps the person make the connection between their use of alcohol and drugs and the problems in their life. The goal of intervention is to present the alcohol or drug user with a structured opportunity to accept help and to make changes before things get even worse. 

How does an intervention work?  

Much of the intervention process is education and information for the friends and family. The opportunity for everyone to come together, share information and support each other is critically important.  Once everyone is ready, a meeting is scheduled with the person everyone is concerned about. 

Can an addiction specialist help? 

Consulting an addiction professional, such as an alcohol and addictions counselor, social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, or interventionist, can help you organize an effective intervention. A substance use or addiction professional will take into account the particular circumstances surrounding the alcohol or drug use, suggest the best approach, and provide guidance for what type of treatment and follow-up plan is likely to work best. 

Can an intervention be successful?  

Absolutely. When done with a person who is trained and successfully experienced as an interventionist, over 90% of people make a commitment to get help. 

About Connections in Recovery: 

CiR provides clients with personalized case management, interventions, treatment program options, addiction support services, safe transport, sober/mental health companions, hospitals and/or referrals to specialized medical and psychological professionals. 

CiR’s Rapid Response Team: When we receive a call for help, there is usually only a small window of opportunity. Our nationwide and global network of mental health consulting services allows CiR to respond quickly to the client in crisis.