Family and close friends of those suffering from alcoholism and drug abuse often become painfully caught up in the illness themselves. Consulting an interventionist, with expertise in drug and alcohol intervention, can help.
Whether you are looking for help for a loved one who has never before had treatment, or for assessment and modification of current strategies that do not seem to be succeeding, consulting an expert can make a substantial difference in the lives of all concerned. A professional with wide-ranging knowledge of the relevant treatment issues, alcohol treatment resources and methods of intervention can offer relief for the entire family.
The lives of adult children of substance abusers, partners, parents of failure to launch adult children, siblings, and close friends may be consumed by efforts to control the chemically dependent person’s unpredictable behavior and to cope with its consequences. Fear, frustration, and anger frequently give way to feelings of hopelessness and a sense of helplessness. Family members may begin to question their own self worth and their ability to control their own lives.
Family intervention can help significant others to interrupt the downward emotional spiral. Care givers (those who over function to compensate for the under-functioning of the substance abuser) are helped to find ways of taking better care of themselves. Intervention options may also be explored to get the chemically addicted relative the help that he or she needs.
Common Questions about Intervention
Is effective intervention always highly labor-intensive and financially costly?
No. There are many ways of effectively intervening when your loved one needs treatment. Look for a skilled therapist, well trained in family dynamics as well as substance-abuse treatment, who approaches intervention by beginning with the most minimal steps likely to succeed, pulling out the ‘bigger guns’ only when less intensive approaches have either been tried without success or are clearly not likely to succeed.
Is getting my significant other to see a therapist with me in a “couples format” a good way to intervene?
While in some instances this may be useful, often it is not the most effective first step. An initial consultation with a therapist skilled in working with families strained by substance-abuse and knowledgeable about various levels of intervention can help you decide how best to proceed.
Along side of this, taking care of yourself is critical — that is, getting help for yourself when a loved one is in need of treatment.
Links to Relevant Resources
- When an Adult Son or Daughter Needs Help Growing Up
- Getting Help for an Addicted Loved One
- Dealing with the Challenges of Living with an Addicted Loved One
- Getting Help for Yourself When an Addicted Loved One Needs Treatment
Self Help Programs