When repeated attempts to persuade a family member to seek help for addiction fail, a professional intervention may be the best recourse. Interventions can save lives.
Family members of someone who struggles with addiction face many obstacles when they try to get their loved one to seek help for addiction, and the problems only worsen if substance abuse continues. In fact, the consequences of failure to address and treat someone’s addiction can be completely devastating to the entire family.
Tips in addressing addiction and treatment with a family member:
If your family member is an older adult, be aware of generational values:
Have all of your attempts failed to this point? It may be time to consider a professional intervention.
Staging an intervention with family members and a targeted individual without a professional interventionist is not a good idea. Your interventionist should be an experienced professional, such as a Board Registered Interventionist (level BRI-I or BRI-II) or a Certified National Drug and Alcohol Interventionist. Many of these professionals have additional addiction counseling certifications. You may ask for references and past experience.
How does an intervention work?
The interventionist will interview you and perhaps other family members who would be participating in the intervention or who would have input. Usually, it takes at least a few days to plan this event, depending on available information and participants.
Substance abuse is a family disease.
Origins Recovery Centers’ Family Program is offered at no cost to every family member affected by an individual’s addiction. Origins also offers 12-Step support groups that connect people with similar experiences such as Al-Anon, Alateen and ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics). These groups offer support and solutions for healthier ways to live.
What if my loved one does not stop using drugs or drinking?
There truly is hope for recovery, and millions of Americans are in successful recovery from addiction. This disease is relapsing, but relapse does not mean a person cannot recover. People do not necessarily experience relapse. We know that continuing care after primary addiction treatment can offer a better outlook for sustained recovery.
Your own recovery is at stake, no matter what course someone else’s life takes.
For more information about professional intervention, and for referrals to certified interventionists, please contact Origins Recovery Centers: 1-844-U-GET-WELL (844-843-8935).
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