Addiction does not only affect the addict himself, it affects the family as a whole. This is why addiction is known as a family disease. Addiction wears on the family mentally and emotionally, as well as financially, leaving many people at their breaking point. When enough is enough and your loved one just isn’t taking what you are saying about their addiction seriously it may be time to call in a professional for a family intervention.
You’re Not Alone
It can be frustrating, to say the least, when trying to get your loved one to recognize that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Some people get to the point where they want to just walk away from the situation because they just can’t do it anymore.
Remember you’re not alone. Many people feel the same way you do, it is very difficult to watch your loved one slowly kill himself, and being dragged down with them as they go can be terrifying. Turning to a professional to put in place a family intervention can help to turn things around and help your loved one recognize their problem and hopefully accept the help they are offered.
The intervention process involves a carefully laid out plan. The process calls for a safe place, an approach that does not make the addict feel as if they are being attacked. Each family member will be allowed to express their feelings, the hurt they have suffered as a result of their loved one addiction and their plea for them to get help, along with a strong ultimatum, get sober or get out. The intervention specialist will help to facilitate the group, allowing each person to speak accordingly and to help your loved one to truly hear what is being said. They will set up a plan of action, to get your loved one into detox and followed up with a treatment program as well as after care.
They Know You Care
Don’t stress, they know you care. Dealing with a loved one who suffers from addiction can be very difficult. Regardless to if it is your spouse, sibling, child or even your parent, it can be mentally and emotionally trying. Don’t let yourself fall victim to your loved ones addiction, reach out and ask from help from a family intervention specialist.