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Addiction is a disease that affects the whole family. Without some sort of intervention or help, drug or alcohol addiction can disrupt a home’s stability and destroy relationships. You might not know exactly how to help your addicted loved one: Some experts advocate a “tough love” strategy, while others recommend a gentler approach.
In many cases, an intervention can help motivate an addicted person to acknowledge their problem and seek help. Meeting with your loved one and explaining the consequences of refusing treatment presents them with the opportunity to turn their life around.
People struggling with addiction are usually in denial about their problem and are reluctant to seek treatment. A more focused, structured approach is necessary to help them acknowledge the consequences of their addiction.
An intervention provides a forum where an addicted person’s loved ones gather to confront the individual about their addiction and ask them to accept help. In an intervention, participants provide examples of how their loved one’s addiction has caused problems, and they propose a clear treatment plan. Each participant spells out the consequences that will occur if the addicted person refuses to get help.
Before holding an intervention, family members must decide what consequences will occur if their loved one won’t accept treatment. You might need to ask your loved one to move out of the house, or you may have to take away their contact with children. If you’re providing financial support to your loved one, you may need to buy whatever goods and services the person may need instead of giving them money that will likely be used on alcohol or drugs.
Regardless of the specific consequences, it’s important to follow through on them; these negative repercussions might provide the motivation your loved one needs to make a change.
Getting an addicted person to enter treatment can be difficult. In a few states, family members can force an addicted loved one into rehab. Multiple family members must be present to petition the courts for forced rehab; these family members must provide proof that the addicted person is likely to harm themselves or someone else.
While the notion of forced rehab is somewhat controversial, it can be effective in certain cases when other attempts to help have failed. Starting the process of court-mandated rehab can lead an addicted person to realize they have a problem and need treatment.
It’s natural to want to shield your loved one from the repercussions of addiction, but defining consequences and following through on them may be more effective tactics in the long run. An intervention is a good way to open up the lines of communication with your loved one and help break through their denial.
Don’t let substance abuse tear your family apart: with treatment, it’s possible to heal the wounds caused by addiction. Call us today to find out more about our treatment programs and family therapy.