Most life situations can usually be handled or managed without professional help. The stress associated with everyday life can certainly be overwhelming, but most of the time, people cope with their circumstances in the healthiest ways possible. There are times, however, when a situation can spin so out of control that the person is at risk of physical or psychological harm. These situations warrant crisis intervention to help restore stabilization and safety to the person’s life.
How Crisis Intervention Works
Sometimes circumstances present such a dangerous situation to someone that immediate help is necessary to prevent emotional or physical trauma. People often reach a crisis point from an ongoing problem that has gone without treatment for too long. Crisis intervention is the process of removing the immediate threat to the person’s well-being, regaining some equilibrium and moving forward with adequate treatment for a problem, such as a substance use disorder.
Any situation in which someone has lost the ability to make safe choices or cope effectively with personal problems may be a crisis. Some crises are considered life-threatening, such as when someone is having thoughts about suicide or homicide. Others may be the loss of control over personal safety. For example, suddenly becoming homeless and losing access to food can constitute as a crisis situation.
When a crisis team is alerted to circumstances that pose immediate risk to someone, intervention occurs in order to prevent physical or psychological harm to the person in crisis. This usually involves getting the person to a safe environment and finding the appropriate solution to the immediate problem. If the person is experiencing uncontrollable behaviors, thoughts of suicide or homicide, or has attempted to commit suicide, measures will need to be taken to stabilize the person’s emotional state.
Stabilization is achieved when the person is returned to the level of functioning prior to the crisis. Once stabilization occurs, then further evaluation of the circumstances will reveal the best course of action. If someone is suffering from an addiction and required the help of a crisis team, the process of detoxification and recovery can begin after intervention has removed the immediate dangers of the situation.
People suffering from a crisis situation tend to be more receptive to help. Their coping skills may become exhausted, and they may no longer know what to do or where to turn for help. This can cause very desperate feelings and actions, which is why crisis intervention is so important. Professionals trained in crisis management are familiar with the feelings someone may be experiencing in these situations. They know the quickest way to alleviate the feelings of hopelessness and how to determine the type of treatment that’ll keep the person safe, healthy and stable.
If you feel that you’ve reached a point of crisis, make your safety a priority and call the helpline at 800-447-9081. Experienced staff will provide you with the guidance and care you need to stay safe and prevent crises in the future. Hopelessness can make it hard to see the way out, but help is available to show you the way.