Crisis intervention and management can be a minefield for friends and family dealing with a loved one in need of help.
Individual crises come in all shapes and forms—an overdose, arrest, unhealthy relationship or other type of trauma—and responses to these events are just as varied. Often, the only common thread is that the individual in crisis and the family are overwhelmed, not knowing what to do or where to turn.
What is Crisis Intervention?
In essence, crisis intervention offers immediate help to individuals who have experienced an event that creates mental, physical, emotional and/or behavioral distress. It is a formal, structured meeting led by a qualified counselor or professional interventionist, most often at the request of a family member or friend of the individual in crisis.
Crisis intervention differs from other types of counseling in that it is a short-term action taken to improve a situation. A crisis intervention can help you answer whether long-term treatment is necessary and, if so, the best place to begin the healing process.
How Do You Plan a Crisis Intervention?
Professional guidance can help you better navigate the complexities of a crisis. The interventionist will work directly with the family to assess individual needs and develop a plan for the crisis intervention and to provide safe transport if necessary.
How Do You Select Qualified Crisis Intervention and Management Help?
Look specifically for an expert in crisis intervention and management who is not only experienced and educated, but is also committed to putting patient safety first and to upholding high ethical standards.
Beyond the intervention, it’s important to select a provider who believes in the benefits of end-to-end support for the family and the individual in crisis. From treatment oversight, independent clinical guidance and advocacy to addressing co-occurring needs, such as mental health concerns or mood disorders, and ultimately help in building a new way of life, you deserve support in all stages of recovery.