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Family Drug Intervention

Family members often have to suffer a lot of the consequences caused by a loved one's substance abuse problem. Family members can therefore experience so many emotions ranging from anger to sadness to complete apathy about the problem, and feel that they have lost their loved one forever. At times and often in an effort to help an addicted loved one see the error in their ways, family members may direct these emotions towards the individual which for the most part does more harm than good. Being angry at someone who is abusing drugs and alcohol typically results in the addicted individual falling even deeper into a life of substance abuse and alienating themselves even more from their family and friends out of guilt. Instead of going this route and possibly losing a loved one forever, families can hold a family drug intervention to help a loved one comes to term with the fact that they have a problem they need help for and then offer them that help.

Family members who are intending to hold a family drug intervention must know that their loved one's substance abuse problem doesn't have to reach a crisis point or what is known as "rock bottom" before they can be helped or before a family drug intervention can be held. The deeper someone gets into a life of substance abuse, the harder it can be to dig them out of it. So many health consequences and other devastating outcomes can be avoided entirely when early intervention is possible, and in these instances addicted individuals actually have a better chance at making a full recovery and retaining their health, social status, etc.

It is common for family drug interventions to be complicated by situations and circumstances unique to each and every family, sometimes making family drug interventions highly emotionally charged meetings to say the least. In these situations, it is often helpful to have an outside professional step in who is unbiased and has the main goal in mind of getting your loved one in treatment. If anything arises which family members feel they can't handle or address, professional interventionists are often experienced in handling anything which can pop up in the course of a family drug intervention and keep things on-track. A professional interventionist can also be a useful liaison between the families who are intervening and the drug rehab of choice, and can assist in making any arrangement and preparations for the addicted individual's arrival to drug rehab once they agree to go.

Family members who intend on participating in the family drug intervention will need to become educated in the process and agree to stick to the exact steps without variation so that it can be a success. Addiction specialists who are being consulted with as part of the intervention or an intervention specialist can help family members understand how addiction works and how it will be treated, and how to go about the actual intervention itself. Family members will be guided through each step and instructed to prepare what they will communicate to their loved one during the actual family drug intervention meeting with their loved one. A suitable time and place will be agreed up to hold the intervention where it can be held without distraction, the arrangements of which will of course be withdrawal from the individual being intervened upon up until the very last moments when they are confronted.

At the family drug intervention, it is very likely that the loved one being confronted will have their guard up and prepare themselves for a barrage of blame and guilt trips from family members present. Instead, family members will explain to them how addiction has affected their life but that they still have so much to live for if they get help today. A family drug intervention is conducted in such a way that the individual can feel the love that their family still has for them and that the only intention to help, not to make them feel any worse than they already feel about themselves. The best part is, a solution can be offered so that they can have a family and a healthy and productive life again after treatment, and this is the primary focus of the family drug intervention and the ultimate goal.

Family drug interventions are typically very successful endeavors resulting in loved ones in a quality treatment program getting the help they need. Once they accept this help, it is important to get them to treatment without hesitation so there are no second thoughts or other distractions which could enter in and sabotage the efforts of family members thus far. If for any reason family members encounter a problem where the addicted individual will not go to treatment, it is sometimes necessary to resort to enforcement of certain consequences for refusing such help. After all, the addicted individual cannot be allowed to continue to negatively affect the lives of their family members because they are choosing to be selfish. The consequences enforced are typically measures taken or changes made in an effort to avoid any type of co-dependency and to apply some sort of pressure on the addicted individual which may persuade them to go to drug rehab after all. Most often, enforcing these consequences actually applies enough pressure to ultimately convince someone to go to drug rehab. So family members should never hesitate to enforce the consequences they intend to if the individual refuses treatment nor should they be discouraged if at any point the intervention process seems to have failed.

Even if a family drug intervention has been attempted before, it is never too late to try again. Family members should never give up, and should always continue trying to help a loved one who can't help themselves. It may be necessary as stated above to enlist professional help from a trained and experienced interventionist, if trying to hold an intervention on one's own has not proven successful in the past.