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How can someone become a crisis-intervention counselor?
To become a crisis intervention counselor, a person typically needs a bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, or counseling. The American Institute of Healthcare Professionals is one organization that provides respected certification. A crisis intervention counselor's job might involve manning a suicide-prevention hotline or working face-to-face with patients who need counseling.
A crisis plan is a document created by (or on behalf of) someone who has had past mental-health difficulties, and it is used to provide a roadmap for treatment if the individual encounters a crisis situation. A crisis plan lists preferred, acceptable, and unacceptable treatment medications, and it also lists preferred treatment facilities. This document is usually signed by the person who created it, and it can also be signed by witnesses and an attorney.
How does crisis intervention work?
Crisis intervention can take many forms. In some cases, family members come together to help the individual cope with the crisis. In other cases, professional counseling is needed. Crisis intervention is mostly focused on providing resources and care that can help minimize someone’s response to a triggering event, and the strategies used are meant to provide short-term relief.
What is considered a crisis situation?
A crisis situation is one that causes trauma that leads to acute mental or physical distress. In a crisis situation, stress can lead to a breakdown that prevents someone from functioning normally. Something is considered a crisis by the way an individual responds to the event. This means something that triggers a crisis situation for one individual may have zero or minimal impact on another.
What is crisis intervention?
Crisis intervention is treatment and care used to help patients who are suffering from trauma that has caused an acute mental or physical breakdown. It is meant to provide quick, short-term, and immediate assistance, and is designed to help an individual recover from extreme distress and regain normal functioning.
What is the best way to bring up alcoholism with a loved one?
- Talk about specific consequences of their drinking.
- Choose a time soon after the person experiences a drinking-related problem (missing a shift at work, for example).
- Do not threaten, guilt, lecture, preach, or use negative labels.
- Do not try to discuss alcoholism when the person is intoxicated.
Can a therapist diagnose and treat alcoholism?
Therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists who specialize in the condition can all diagnose and treat alcoholism. People with alcohol-related concerns can also consult their general practitioner, who will refer them to a specialist.
Detoxification is a medically supervised period of alcohol withdrawal to allow the body to purge itself. A doctor or treatment specialist closely monitors a patient to ensure the symptoms of withdrawal do not cause harm.
Side effects of alcohol detoxification include:
- Elevated heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Sleep issues
- Paranoia or anxiety
How much does alcohol addiction treatment cost?
The cost of addiction treatment varies depending on the type of facility, amenities offered, treatment provided, and size and length of the program. Detoxification ranges from $1,000 to $15,000. Inpatient facilities cost anywhere from $6,000 to $30,000 for a 30-day program and include detoxing. Outpatient programs can cost $500 per session.
What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient alcoholism treatment?
Outpatient alcoholism treatment is a part-time form of rehabilitation. Patients continue their normal lives during the day and return to the treatment facility several times per week. Outpatient treatment is generally cheaper than inpatient and can be helpful for people with less severe addictions.
Inpatient treatment programs require patients to stay at the facility 24/7 until the completion of the program. They provide a highly controlled environment for patients to overcome their addictions without the distractions or temptations of everyday life. These clinics provide round-the-clock medical care and often include hours of group and personal therapy. Inpatient programs are beneficial for people with severe addictions or those who have overdosed.