Defining success at an addiction intervention is based on both the outcome of the addict or alcoholic accepting help and the family changing behaviors. Families changing enabling ensures that the substance abuser is going to get the help and treatment that they need. But what defines success with the program? Is it never touching an addictive substance again? Is it short-term gains? Is it a clearly defined set of boundaries that only you really know?
We look at things in a broad scope, and that’s part of our definition of success in an intervention program. Just because your loved one accepts help from the interventionist, there is still much more the family has to do to increase the success rate of treatment. An addiction intervention is about more than just getting your loved one off of their addictive substance; it’s also about teaching them how to manage their addiction to start on the recovery process, as well as getting their family members to help in the system as well.
There are a few different things that we look at that really define success for us at Family First Intervention. First, we want your loved one to take accountability for their addictive behaviors by giving the problem back to them. A substance abuse problem isn’t just contained to the addict or alcoholic themselves, it involves everyone in their family system. By making them accountable for their own actions, we help them through the recovery process.
Second, we want to get the addict/alcoholic to become willing to do whatever is necessary to recover. Going through an addiction intervention isn’t easy for your loved one, and to make them change, they have to do whatever it takes to make that happen. That can involve making decisions that they may not want to make. That’s the key — making the change even if they are uncomfortable.
Third, we want to get your loved one to learn to face and handle life situations in a healthy manner. Maybe they used to get high every time they had a bad day at work, or drank a bottle of whiskey whenever a football game was on. These are not healthy behaviors for any person to go through, and the addict needs to understand that they need to change.
Finally, we want to repair the family dynamic that surrounds a substance abuser by transforming it into a healthy system which no longer enables, takes accountability for, or aids in continuing the unhealthy behaviors of a substance abuser. By doing this, we can create an environment for the addict that’s warm and comforting, and helps enable them to succeed in what they do.
An intervention specialist understands what the family is going through as well as what the addict or alcoholic is going through.