S.M.A.R.T Recovery Intervention Process
The intervention model is based on the proven SMART model which is a combination of two dissimilar approaches to intervention.
- The systemic model that is specially designed to help you understand the complicated family dynamics that usually happen when a substance abuser is graduating into addiction.
- The cognitive behavioral models that will help you understand the behaviors and other operating bases of a drug abuser.
You need to keep in mind that it’s practically impracticable to successfully apply the same intervention method on different people with different problems and expect similar outcomes. For instance, a teenager who is experimenting with the typical prescription pills will react differently from a 60-year old man whose drinking habit is finally catching up with him.
Although many people have tried to come up with a one-size-fits-all approach to intervention, their effort hasn't been successful yet. You need to understand the addict well before you decide on the type of intervention that you will use. A wrong intervention plan can be disastrous and dangerous to the addict ruining any chances of success. You can only apply the right intervention plan if you take your time to evaluate the addict; understand their current state, needs, and their shortcomings.
What We Do
Through our successful intervention plans, we have been able to intervene on many clients successfully. These people have come from every socio-economic class that you can imagine of- from the rich to the poor, highly educated and the uneducated. Although most of our clients have come from the United States, we have intervened on hundreds of clients from Canada as well. Our experts have also worked with different families from the U.S and Canada when it comes to recommending the best suitable treatment method for their loved ones.
In most of the cases, the 12-step recovery program has been an excellent fit for the patients. However, some patients tend to respond better to the faith-based Christian alternative while other show much improvement when they undergo cognitive therapy. Therefore, the idea of one-size-fits-all when it comes to treatment is a common misconception that can’t be proven. However, most intervention service providers tend to ignore this fact and provide you one type of intervention and a single solution for the treatment option.
The SMART Model of Intervention
The SMART intervention approach takes into consideration a lot of factors aimed at helping the patient recover within the shortest period. SMART is an acronym standing for Systemic Modular Approach to Recovery and Treatment. So, what does it mean? Why is it regarded as an effective strategy? Let us put it into context to address some of these concerns.
- Systemic is used in the acronym to refer to top various family systems or a particular system that either operate healthily or unhealthily. Our intervention experts believe that if they spent a significant amount of time and resources educating the family, then the victim has a significant chance of staying sober and overcoming the addiction.
- Modular implies that the recovery process comprises of different but related puzzle pieces which when put together offers an tested and proven path for recovery. You can view the recovery process as an extensive system that is composed of various components with each component performing a specific function.
- Approach to Recovery and Treatment: You need to understand the fact that there is a difference between recovery and treatment. You cannot look at the two as the same thing since it may cause a lot of problems. While some patients simply require treatment, others require a broader and long-term recovery approach that can help them keep their life-goals alive.
This model uses a cognitive-behavioral model of interventions to help the victims. For instance, the intervention expert will examine the behaviors that are common to two or more drug abusers and try to comprehend the universal behaviors by identifying a common underlying mental or cognitive operating basis in life. The SMART intervention model recognizes three kinds of interventions namely:
- Recovery Intervention: The recovery intervention plan aims at keeping the substance abuser active and eager to participate in a lifetime recovery approach. Although the method uses traditional methods such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholic Anonymous, it may also go a step forward and include faith-based or Christian alternatives or other support groups.
It may also include different aspects of continuum care such as inpatient treatment that is usually followed by a stay in a sober living home for up to six months and then followed by outpatient monitoring and active participation in support groups. The primary goal of this approach is to facilitate a complete lifestyle overhaul of the substance abuser.
- Crisis Intervention: Unlike recovery intervention, the primary objective of crisis intervention is handling the direct unhealthy lifestyle and behaviors of an addict. When a minor is only experimenting with certain drugs or alcohol drinking, it can be unhealthy to have one member of the family devoted towards pushing the child into a lifetime dedication to involvement in lifetime recovery while the rest of the family thinks that this is just an unhealthy phase of the teenager's life that should be addressed differently.
Our experts use the systemic interventions which means that we work together as a single family unit keeping in mind that disintegrating the family and working as different units is a bad idea. The goal of crisis intervention is treatment, but participation in long-term recovery can be determined by the family afterward.
- Closure Intervention: Closure intervention becomes the last option after the family feels like they have done everything that they can but things haven’t worked out. Issues of child discipline and custody, feelings of apathy, and long years of alcohol and substance abuse will come up at this stage of intervention. In most cases, a family is already dealing with a loved one who has already lost hope in life. Closure intervention offers the family member an opportunity to redeem himself/herself, forget about his/her past and start a new beginning in their life.