Addiction intervention isn’t just about sitting down and confronting a loved one on the damage they are doing to their own life. It’s more than a simple ultimatum or an emotional plea for help. In fact, drug intervention programs aren’t just about getting help for the addict. They’re also about starting down the path to recovery for families.
Drug Intervention programs help bring families together
Drugs destroy lives, we’ve heard it all before. But unless you’ve dealt with the struggles of a drug addict in your family you’ve probably never realized how many lives addiction can ruin. Although we tend to think first and foremost about the damage addiction causes to the drug user or alcoholic, we also need to consider the burden addiction places on families. Dealing with an addiction can tear families apart, it can draw battle lines and alienate loved ones. It’s not uncommon for some in the family to sympathize with the loved one while others feel betrayed by their loved one’s behaviors and actions. In short, some of heaviest damage done by addiction is to the family.
That is why a professional intervention is so important. Professional interventions start by addressing the family first. In most successful rehabilitations the family plays an important role in helping to encourage chance and providing support throughout the difficult and long journey. Without a strong support system of close family and friends addicts are far more likely to relapse and being using again. With a strong family support unit your loved one can know that no matter what challenges are ahead, they have the support and love of their family behind them and many times that is enough inspiration to face the challenges head on.
A new beginning with intervention services
Another aspect of professional intervention is providing families with the training they need and helping them to develop the tools required to repair and rebuild their family unit. An intervention specialist will teach family members what behaviors they have that might actually contribute to the addiction and how to avoid those behaviors. Families also learn how to express their opinions and emotions in positive ways that encourage change. An intervention expert can show you better ways of communication and how to establish rules and stick up for yourself without attacking your loved ones. Remember, the goal of intervention services is not just to convince your loved one to get help, but to start your entire family down the lifelong path of recovery and sobriety.
The bottom line is that if someone you know and love is struggling with addiction you’ve probably already tried everything you can to help them. And the further they sink into addiction and depression, the larger the tool their addiction takes on the family. You need to know there’s hope, there’s help available. Making the decision to call an intervention specialist is the first step to recovery, not only for your loved one, but for your whole family.