Many families assume that a person with an addiction needs to hit rock bottom before he or she will want to seek help and get clean. This is far from the truth. In fact, prolonging a substance abuse problem just opens the door to serious long-term health complications and increases the risk of death by overdose.
It’s important for families to know when to start intervention planning for a loved one. Performing an intervention too soon, without the help of a professional, can actually deter a loved one from recognizing the consequences of their actions. On the other hand, waiting too long can prolong a loved one’s suffering and make it more difficult for them to get sober. This guide identifies the main benefits of working with a professional, as well as the risks that come with staging an intervention without the necessary expertise.
How Intervention Assistance Can Help
An experienced professional interventionist is much more effective than family members at encouraging a struggling individual to seek help sooner rather than later. In many cases, substance abuse has deep-seated roots that could involve mental illness, a history of trauma or violence, or long-standing conflicts with family members. A professional interventionist can help families to address these issues directly instead of working around them.
Dual Diagnosis Cases
It is not uncommon for a person’s substance abuse and mental illness to form a destructive relationship referred to as a dual diagnosis. Mental illness encourages an addicted person to seek relief and escape, and he or she will invariably turn to drugs or alcohol. In turn, the effects of drugs and alcohol can exacerbate mental health issues. In some cases, long-standing conflicts between family members can contribute to a dual diagnosis. This cycle is extremely difficult to break without professional assistance.
A professional interventionist can help families identify the mental health factors that may be contributing to a substance abuse problem. Once a co-occurring mental disorder has been identified, the interventionist can refer clients to qualified treatment centers equipped to help dual diagnosis clients.
Family members are generally willing to support a loved ones struggling with addiction, but they are equally likely to engage in enabling behaviors. A trained interventionists can help family members acknowledge any internal issues that may be encouraging their loved one’s continued substance abuse. Likewise, an interventionist can help family members to recognize their enabling behaviors. It’s important for the family to realize there is a fine line between sincerely helping and enabling, and even assistance offered with the best intentions can do more harm than good.
Intervention Assistance from Family First
At Family First Intervention, we don’t believe in waiting until a loved one hits rock bottom before reaching out to help. Our professional interventionists will fly anywhere in the country to meet with you and your family, identify the nature of your loved one’s substance abuse and help you plan an intervention.
We recognize the importance of acting quickly, as waiting too long can place an addict’s life in jeopardy. Family First Intervention also offers continuing support to the family after their loved one has successfully entered treatment. Our goal is to help the entire family recover from the horror of addiction.