If you have a loved one who is struggling with alcoholism, you already know that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to help them get better. The first important step in recovery is for the addict to accept help and accountability for their actions. Unfortunately, this process can be difficult to complete without the help of an intervention professional.
With alcohol addiction, the process of getting a loved one into treatment is even more difficult than normal. That’s because alcohol is one of the toughest addictions to recover from. Booze is cheap, legal and socially acceptable. In many cases, alcohol is synonymous with any type of special event or celebration. Temptation is a regular part of everyday life. These unique factors must be accounted for when families plan to stage an intervention for alcoholism.
Why Alcoholism Is Harder To Acknowledge and Treat
There are multiple reasons that staging an intervention for alcoholism is especially difficult. Much of this difficulty comes from the way that society accepts and protects alcoholics. In other cases, the family is unaware of how bad the addict’s problem really is. This widespread acceptance, however, is exactly why it’s so important for loved ones to wrap their heads around the reality of alcohol addiction.
Society Shields Alcoholics From Scrutiny
Alcoholics have more trouble recognizing the extent of their abuse because society sends inconsistent messages about alcohol consumption. In fact, a disturbing study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that alcohol marketing in child-rated movies doubled in the past two decades. This shows the extent of our social acceptance of alcohol, and how it’s increasing.
Misinformation Discourages Treatment
Misinformation is also a major barrier preventing treatment for alcoholics. The popular rock-bottom argument, for example, insists that a person must sink into a down spiral of self-destructive behaviors before they recognize the reality of their addiction. This reasoning only encourages alcoholics to continue drinking and discourages families from seeking help as soon as they realize their loved one has a problem.
Family Enabling Is Common
Another major reason that alcoholism is harder to treat is because it’s very common for family members to enable addictive behaviors related to alcohol. In large part because drinking is socially acceptable, family members may accept their loved one’s drinking as part of their personality and begin picking up their slack. This may include lending them money or making excuses to work or school when the loved one is too inebriated to function. Unfortunately, these patterns simply prolong the addiction.
Why A Professional Interventionist Helps
Loved ones need to recognize the true consequences of their actions more than they need to reach their lowest of lows. Unfortunately, addicts are less likely to listen to close friends and family members. Thankfully, a professional interventionist can step in to address this situation.
Intervention professionals, acting as an experienced and neutral third party, are in a better position to convince the addict that the consequences of their drinking are real. They can also communicate emotional information without becoming affected emotionally themselves. This personal distance allows the professional interventionist to be more effective than family members in this regard.
At Family First Intervention, our mission is to provide families with the support and resources they need to address a loved one’s addiction. In addition to providing the services of a professional interventionist, we assist families via helpful educational resources. In fact, you can contact us directly if you have more questions about scheduling an intervention.
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