If someone in your family suffers from a medical condition, you would want them to be treated promptly and appropriately. If that medical condition was one that was progressive and could inflict severe and permanent damage on his or her health, and may even cause death, would you wait to call in specialists who had the necessary knowledge to provide help and support? Would it make sense to you to deny that there was a problem at all or try to treat it yourself at home? When you think about what an addiction is, you realize that it is much too complicated to tackle on your own.
Get Professional Help with Addiction
Guilt and blame are an addict’s weapons and they are used very effectively to keep the addiction going. Someone who is living with a drug or alcohol problem is not going to let anything get in the way of his or her need to get high. They will blame loved ones and cite past events as a reason for their addictions. Their need to escape from sad, hurtful or difficult emotions is the underlying reason for the drug or alcohol issue.
This type of band-aid solution never deals with the root of the problem. It does give the addict what he or she needs to continue to stay addicted, though. The addict is in control of the family as long as he or she is able to dictate the terms around getting money, a place to stay, and other privileges. Some families think that with enough time, love and encouragement, the addict will “see the light” and decide to go to an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program.
Treatment and Support for the Addict and the Family
No one plans to deal with addiction, any more than a family anticipates having to cope with any other serious or life-threatening illness. Caring, professional support is the key to handling this situation. Family intervention services help to lower the risk that the family does not slip back into old behavior patterns once their loved one completes his or her treatment program.
For addiction treatment to be successful, the family must change patterns of behavior that may have been in place for several years. This will take time and effort. Don’t try to tackle this on your own. Addiction is a powerful disease, and you need expert assistance to take it on.
A Family First Intervention can be the first step to getting your loved one into treatment. The family can start to take back control of the situation. It demonstrates they care enough about the addict to say, “We love you and are not prepared to let you kill yourself because of your addiction. We want you to live – clean and sober.”