A drug intervention can be an essential step to an addict’s recovery. It can also be an important step to help the family of an addict as well. If an addicts addiction and subsequent behavior affected only themselves, then an intervention would not have to involve placing some of the focus on the family. The family of an addict is often a significant key to the underlying addiction. This is not said to take any responsibility off of the part of the addict; rather, it is stated to point out how the family needs to all be on the same page to ensure the best outcome possible for the struggling addict. When things are working right in the home environment, then an addict’s family members are an active force for bringing about meaningful change.
Before and After the Intervention, Stop the Enabling Behaviors
One of the most detrimental factors involved in an addict’s recovery is the level of involvement their family members play in helping the person continue their addiction. Often the family members will enable an addict either knowingly or unknowingly. This is especially the case when other family members have substance abuse problems also. If the majority of people in a family suffer from a condition like alcoholism, for example, it would be near impossible for a person to recover from alcoholism while others in the family are knowingly encouraging the addictive behavior. On the other hand, sometimes the families behavior is not always so obviously enabling to the addict.
During an intervention, it is necessary to examine and identify any behaviors that are potential enabling factors and then to eliminate those behaviors as completely as possible. Taking these measures helps to encourage a more healthy interaction between the addict and their family. Even if addressing these enabling factors is not convenient, it is a critical step that needs to be taken for the addict to have a genuine chance of recovery.
Mitigating the Damage to the Family
Another important aspect of an intervention that involves the family is the issue of damage the addict’s behavior has inflicted on their family. When an addict’s behavior tends to become destructive, it is often other family members that are harmed in some way. The harm can be physical or mental abuse, damage to property or even negligence towards other family members that depend on the addict to serve a parental function.
Sometimes an addict is aware that their behavior is causing damage to other family members. In other situations, the addict is too involved with their addiction to see how far reaching the harm they are causing to their family happens to be. While these issues are discussed during an intervention, the idea is to make the family and the addict aware of how the addict’s behavior is causing this damage. This realization can sometimes help an addict to realize that they need to get help to stop harming their family. This, in turn, eases the burden the family has been under.
Intervention and Restoring the Family
As an intervention helps bring major issues to the surface, it can often help families come closer together. Building a stronger family bond is just one of the beneficial results of the families participating in an intervention for a loved one. It is hard to ignore the central importance of a functional family in the life of an addict, but in many ways, an addicts family can provide an addict with the courage and motivation to want to experience meaningful change. The intervention also helps to uncover lies that the addict may have been employing to hide the true nature and malignancy of their addiction. Once the addict knows that the family can see beyond the lies, into the truth about their addiction more clearly, this can be a vehicle used to improve communication between an addict and their family.
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