Dealing with addiction is hard for both the abuser and for the family. However, we can’t just stop there when it hard, during those times people need to work together and give it all they got. Sadly, this is not the situation in many cases when it comes to addiction within a family, and not every family is interested in making the first move when it comes to family intervention. For these situations, a family intervention specialist should be hired as their experience when it comes to helping the addict deal with his addiction and helping the family deal with the situation is invaluable.
But, let’s take a step back and talk a bit about addiction and the family’s role in all this.
Many families are making the wrong steps when it comes to addiction as they are either ignoring the problem or are enabling it. There is a big difference when you want to help the person who has an addiction, and when you are actually enabling them to function with their addiction.Having a toxic relationship within the family can be one of the reasons why some addicts are ignored with their problems and why communication within the family can result in them enabling the addiction rather than helping the situation gets resolved.
For an intervention to have a positive effect every family member has to accept their responsibility and their role within the program.Finding a long-lasting solution might seem hard at first, but if you give it the time of day, in the end, it will have a positive result.
Some signs where families make mistakes when it comes to helping rather than enabling are:
– When you give in to the demands of the addict instead of seeking mutual solutions
– Downplaying the seriousness of the issue to “save face”
– Engaging only once in the discussion or the process of the recovery
– Giving them materialistic rewards instead of encouraging words for any kind of progress
– Lying for them
Staging a family intervention can make the difference between having a normal life and having a broken shell of what should be a happy and fulfilling life. Don’t make the mistake of not having the time of day to help your loved one in their time of need.