Family interventions are designed to bring the entire family and addict together and to convince the addict to willingly accept help. Most families do not initially realize that the intervention is as much for them as it if for their loved one. Most people are under the false impression that family interventions focus only on the addict, inspiring them to seek help from a treatment center. Although that is an important part of what we do, inspiring an addict to change is not enough to keep them on the right track for recovery in the long term. With family interventions it is important to understand that everyone has to change. 90% of addicts who are given interventions will seek treatment, but only about 10% of families are willing to go through all the steps necessary to perform and maintain the results of a successful intervention. It is imperative to have an intervention performed by a trained professional who can take the focus off the family and put responsibility back onto the addict. Family interventions require a professional mediator who is not too close to the situation and will not make decisions based on emotions.
Family Drug Interventions
Addiction is a family illness; the family has to change as much as the addict. If the family does not change with the addict, it almost always decreases the overall success of long term recovery. People, places, and things in the addict’s life all need to change. This starts with their family. Family drug abuse interventions set healthy boundaries for the family in regards to the addict’s behavior. No addict is capable of using with their resources alone. There is almost always some form of enabling which helps the addiction get worse. Doing nothing at all to stop an addiction is another form of enabling. While you sit in a “holding pattern” your loved one’s addiction is growing worse and worse.
Family Alcohol Interventions
Some family members refuse to take part in alcohol abuse interventions because they think it is not right or that the intervention is a waste of time. Anyone who refuses to be part of a family intervention typically has ulterior motives. This family member could potentially interfere with an addict’s recovery. Family intervention is about bringing the family together to identify these unhealthy family roles so that they can change. Once these family behaviors change, the likelihood of the addict getting better is vastly improved. It is important to remember that these unhealthy thoughts and behaviors by the family are almost always a direct result of manipulations and behaviors of the addict.
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