Human beings are adaptable, versatile creatures. When a person is frightened the body releases a spike of endorphins, which help to protect us from fear and any potential pain that may be experienced during the situation. However, there are instances in which the human body and mind become overwhelmed. When experiencing a flood of emotions in an unexpected emergency situation, it can be incredibly difficult to determine the most appropriate course of action. In some instances, the human mind and body need a little help.
Crisis intervention is an invaluable resource to individuals or families who are facing a traumatic or emergency situation that has escalated to the point of requiring outside assistance in order to achieve stabilization. These situations cannot usually be predicted or anticipated; moreover, they come in many different forms. It’s important for individuals to be able to identify a crisis situation and determine what type of intervention is necessary so they can seek and receive the most appropriate form of support when experiencing a traumatic or emergency situation.
By definition, a crisis refers to an experience that exceeds an individual’s ability or resources with which he or she can cope. In practice, a crisis can take many different forms and can describe a variety of different situations. In some cases, an individual experiencing a crisis situation can feel as if he or she is in danger; however, in other cases a crisis doesn’t pose any direct threat to one’s physical well-being, but rather threatens one’s mental or emotional well-being. Examples of crisis situations can include an unexpected or sudden change of environment, childbirth or the death of a loved one, an incident that involves personal
injury, getting married or divorced, and so on. When experiencing a crisis, individuals will at first attempt to adapt or cope using known coping mechanisms, but may resort to harmful or maladaptive coping mechanisms—such as substance abuse or self-harm—as one’s state of fear and anxiety continues to increase.
Since many different experiences can be considered a crisis situation, there are several different types of crisis intervention services that can be employed to help individuals process a difficult experience. One of the most common crisis intervention services is substance abuse crisis intervention. With alcoholics and drug addicts frequently living in denial of the reality and severity of their addictions, it’s often very difficult to convince them of their need to receive rehabilitative addiction treatment. With the help of one of our professional interventionists, the loved ones of an addict can stage a substance abuse crisis intervention as a way to help the addict realize and accept the reality of his or her addiction and to accept treatment. In many cases, substance abuse crisis intervention saves not only the addict’s life, but also helps loved ones who have been suffering alongside the addict as a result of his or her dependency.
The miracle of mental health care is that individuals who suffer from otherwise debilitating mental or emotional conditions can receive treatment and counseling, which allows them to live a healthy, fulfilling life. However, mental illness that has either gone untreated or has been insufficiently treated can quickly escalate into a dangerous crisis situation. Mental illness crisis intervention service can be utilized in the event that an individual suffering from a mental illness has become a threat to him or herself or others. Whether the crisis situation represents violent or psychotic behavior, threats of suicide, severe depression, or symptoms of mania, interventionists with professional mental health experience can help to alleviate the situation by calming the individual. Moreover, our mental health and intervention specialists exercise respect and objectivity at all times.
When violence is inserted into a family, it can quickly turn a domestic dream into a deadly nightmare. Whether the violence is between spouses or parents and children, instances of domestic violence certainly constitute crisis situations and warrant our domestic abuse crisis intervention service.
Intervention for a crisis that involves violence in the home often involves offering victims temporary refuge and safety and even monetary support so that victims can escape domestic violence. Moreover, the most dangerous time for victims of domestic violence is often the period immediately following their removal from the home, which is why a domestic abuse crisis intervention service that can offer long-term placement for victims is essential.
Experiencing an emergency or traumatic situation can really push one’s limits and threatens to completely overwhelm them. It’s important to be able to quickly identify when a situation becomes a crisis so that individuals can seek the aid of a crisis interventionist. Rather than exhausting one’s coping mechanisms and risking potentially maladaptive means of coping, employing an interventionist during a crisis situation can minimize the potential damage that such an experience can cause individuals and their families, instead affording a valuable resource for adapting to and overcoming a crisis situation.
When a situation becomes more than you can handle, contact Intervention Services so that one of our professional interventionists can help. Each of our interventionists has firsthand experience in dealing with a variety of crisis situations, from instances of domestic abuse to alcohol and drug abuse. If you or someone you love is suffering from substance abuse, a mental health illness, or is a victim of domestic violence, let Intervention Services be your guide.