If you are in the process of choosing intervention services, remember that addiction affects the entire family, not just the addict. It may seem trite, but it is true that no man is an island. Every act has a consequence that ripples outward from us indefinitely, and addiction has a lot of negative ripples that hurt a lot of people.
The ones we love can hurt us the most. Careless words and rude behavior from a stranger can be upsetting, but from a close friend or family member they cut deep. It can be hard to let go of the past and forgive someone who has hurt you, even if you recognize the person who hurt you was an addict who was under the control of substance abuse.
That is why it is crucial that the intervention process really be a family intervention; every member of the family needs to have their voice heard. A lot of attention has been paid to the addict and what he needs and wants, and a lot of other people are likely to have felt excluded, neglected, and left behind or just flat out not important enough. Addicts take a lot of the energy and attention because their situation can be so dire. When someone else has something going on, they may feel ignored or dismissed because whatever it is, it just isn’t as big of a deal as substance abuse. That can lead to a lot anger and resentment.
Our Family interventions allow for everyone to come together and heal as one unit and able to become whole again after being torn into so many pieces before. It may seem like there are all these different warring factions in the family right now, but those rifts can be healed and you can all come together, not just for the sake of the addict, but for everyone.
Dealing with addiction and overcoming substance abuse is not easy. An addict has to work very hard on their recovery. Too often the fallout on the rest of the family is overlooked and that is a mistake. In order for the addict to make amends and heal relationships, everyone needs to be given a chance to be honest and open in a constructive way. An intervention that involves the whole family is a positive way to get everyone to participate in the recovery process, increasing the likelihood of success for both the addict overcoming substance abuse and the family coming together as one again.