How to Do a Family Drug Intervention and Get a Loved One into Treatment

If you are wondering how to do a family drug intervention, you’ve no doubt seen a loved one struggle with addiction for some time. As a family, you’ve had a difficult time, too. There isn’t anything positive about this disease. It makes people lie, cheat, and steal to keep feeding it. Once it takes hold, you may not even recognize your loved one. It can feel as though he or she isn’t really there anymore.

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Holding an intervention serves two purposes:

  1. It gets your addicted family member to be accountable for his or her behavior; and
  2. It allows you and the rest of the family to get your lives back.

What does taking your lives back look like after an intervention? It means that you will help your love one to get well, but that you are no longer prepared to be part of his or her illness.

Get Professional Help to Hold a Drug Intervention

If you are going to hold a drug intervention for a family member, please don’t think you have to go through this process alone. While your ultimate goal is to encourage your loved one to get help, you and the rest of your family also need to get help, too.

Once you have decided that you want to take this step, and you are no longer prepared to live with things the way they have been for months (or years), you will meet with a professional interventionist. Ideally, several family members will be participating in the intervention.

The interventionist will spend some time getting to know you and your family. Each person and family situation is unique. Don’t worry about shocking the interventionist with the information you are sharing – everything you decide to reveal will be treated with the utmost respect.

Families with Addicted Relatives Need Help Too

If someone you love is addicted to drugs, you and the rest of your family have developed coping patterns around the addiction. Although you didn’t realize it at the time, you have probably been drawn into to your loved one’s illness. Many families don’t realize they have been enabling a loved one’s behavior or have let the addict in their life call the shots by allowing him or her to manipulate or pressure family members into providing one or more of the following:

  • Money
  • Food
  • A place to stay or live
  • Drugs or a place to get high

The day of the intervention is meant to be a time when your loved one is told that he or she is loved, but that the family can no longer support his or her illness. Help is available and arrangements have been made if your relative wants to go to a drug treatment facility immediately.

You and your family members will read letters stating how the addiction has impacted your life and asking your loved one to accept help. You will also explain what your new boundaries will be if he or she does not go for treatment.

A person living with an addiction is in pain and needs help. A Family First intervention can help them get into a program and onto the road to recovery. Contact us today to get the process started.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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